MDP Chair: ‘Hawley needs to let Missourians know where he stands on this disastrous bill, which would make Missouri’s opioid epidemic worse — especially if he and some millionaire megadonors, who would get a big tax giveaway from this bill, already think it’s time for him to hold a higher office’
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As an independent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is detailing how the Republican healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate would make the opioid epidemic worse, the Missouri Democratic Party is highlighting that, after campaigning against the Affordable Care Act and thrusting himself into the opioid epidemic spotlight with legal action, Attorney General Josh Hawley has been silent on the healthcare overhaul from Republicans in DC.
In particular, the Republican healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate slashes Medicaid by over $770 billion, which has been a crucial tool for providing treatment for individuals suffering from opioid addiction. According to the Associated Press: “Medicaid cuts resulting from the GOP legislation would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.”
Additionally, the Republican healthcare overhaul in the U.S. Senate “would give states more power to run their health care systems” in a way that “allows states to waive key provisions of the law.” That includes gutting the same Essential Health Benefits that have been critical for providing health coverage to individuals seeking opioid addiction treatment.
According to one of the latest polls, only 17% of Americans approve of the GOP’s healthcare overhaul.
“By gutting Medicaid and eliminating the requirement that insurance companies cover substance misuse treatment, the Republican healthcare overhaul would be a drastic setback for efforts to end the opioid epidemic,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “Josh Hawley needs to let Missourians know where he stands on this disastrous bill, which would make Missouri’s opioid epidemic worse — especially if he and some millionaire megadonors, who would get a big tax giveaway from this bill, already think it’s time for him to hold a higher office.”
In case you missed it, the Kansas City Star is reporting yet another link between Senator Ron Richard and Republican megadonor David Humphreys, who have both been the subject of an alleged pay-to-play scandal, “The relationship between the Missouri Senate’s leader and an emissary for one of the state’s most prolific political donors is raising eyebrows in the statehouse.”
The Kansas City Star continues:
“Now, new details about Richard’s association with Paul Mouton, widely considered to be Humphreys’ eyes and ears in the Capitol, are rekindling the long-simmering accusations. Mouton is not a registered lobbyist, but he was routinely seen walking the Capitol corridors early in the 2017 legislative session. At the same time, Richard’s office was regularly providing a parking space for Mouton in the Senate’s private garage…His campaign committee has paid Mouton $24,000 since 2014 for consulting and research, including $1,000 in January, February and March this year. No other candidate has reported any payments to Mouton is the last three years.”
In April, the Missouri Democratic Party called on Attorney General Josh Hawley to investigate the growing pay-to-play questions, following criticism of the alleged scandal from a government watchdog group, Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Missouri, and the Kansas City Star Editorial Board. However, Hawley reversed from his campaign’s tough posturing on corruption when he declined to take action, telling KCUR the misleading excuse, “My office does not have criminal jurisdiction over pay-to-play allegations.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber added, “Every day that allegations of corruption grow in Jefferson City, it becomes even clearer that Josh Hawley is just another establishment politician willing to break his campaign promises in order to give a free pass to his campaign’s big donors and his own political party.”
Hawley’s Silence on Trump Continues His Pattern of Breaking from Campaign Promises & Ignoring Role as State’s Top Law Enforcement Official When It Involves His Own Political Party
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As reports are revealing that President Trump told highly classified intelligence to Russian foreign officials and allegedly attempted to influence a criminal investigation when he asked former FBI Director Comey to end his investigation into Michael Flynn, Missouri Democrats today called on Attorney General Josh Hawley to break his silence.
The Missouri Democratic Party highlighted that Hawley has been remarkably silent – despite his role as the state’s top law enforcement official and his own statements last year that focused on Washington, DC and highlighted “rule of law” around classified intelligence.
In particular, when discussing the handling of classified intelligence just last year, Josh Hawley said, this “outrageous conduct & lack of prosecution shows we need an AG who knows how to win for the rule of law.” Hawley also said he’d focus on Washington, DC, stating: “Missouri needs someone who is going to stand up and defend them against the dysfunction that is coming out of Washington, DC.”
“If Josh Hawley continues to hide while the President reveals classified intelligence to the Russians and reportedly interferes with an FBI investigation, then he’s making clear once again that that he’s willing to break his campaign promises and ignore his role as Missouri’s top cop when it’s his own political party,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber.
Hawley has refused to join 20 state Attorneys General who called for an independent investigation into allegations swirling around President Trump’s campaign’s ties to Russia.
Josh Hawley has been silent on the GOP’s House-passed health care bill “after campaigning against Obamacare.” He also broke his campaign promise to “attack the pay-to-play politics of Jefferson City” by ignoring an alleged pay-to-play scandal in Jefferson City that involved his own political party and one of his campaign’s top political donors.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley has announced an abrupt reversal from his campaign promises. As an alleged pay-to-play scandal continues to loom over Jefferson City involving a major donor to Hawley’s campaign David Humphreys and Missouri Senator Ron Richard, Hawley is reversing course from his campaign promises to crack down on public corruption and open a “Public Corruption Unit” in his office.
The pay-to-play allegations have drawn bipartisan criticism and prompted calls from a federal watchdog group and the Kansas City Star Editorial Board for a federal investigation.
Hawley broke his silence on the issue by making the misleading excuse to KCUR that, “My office does not have criminal jurisdiction over pay-to-play allegations,” announcing that he would not investigate the scandal. Hawley continued, saying “there’s nothing wrong” with a donor and public official acting the way Humphreys and Richard did.
Hawley’s comments to KCUR stand in stark contrast to what he promised as a candidate. Just last year, Hawley promised to “attack the pay-to-play politics of Jefferson City,” and to “end pay-to-play” by creating “a new Public Corruption Unit to take on the corruption crisis in Jefferson City.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated, “Despite bipartisan calls for investigation, Josh Hawley’s either not willing to stand up to his rich donors or afraid to question fellow Republicans. Either way, it’s clear after just a few months in Jefferson City that Hawley’s breaking campaign promises to fight public corruption.”
- During his campaign for Attorney General, Josh Hawley promised to end corruption, end pay-to-play politics, and create a new Public Corruption Unit to tackle corruption in Jefferson City. Hawley even referenced battling the “Jefferson City Cartel.”
- Republican and Democratic members of Missouri’s General Assembly have highlighted the need for law enforcement to investigate this issue.
- The Campaign for Accountability, a federal watch dog group, officially filed a complaint, calling for an investigation from the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board wrote the “U.S. attorney should investigate Missouri Senate leader Ron Richard.”
- Josh Hawley has received millions of dollars from David Humphreys and his family members, including $1 million in the month after the election. The Humphreys family has donated millions more to Republican candidates and causes at the state and federal level, making them the second biggest political donors in the state after Rex Sinquefield.
In case you missed it, Attorney General Josh Hawley continues to turn a blind eye to the alleged pay-to-play scandal involving State Senator Ron Richard and GOP megadonor David Humphreys – parting ways with his tough talk on the campaign trail just months ago, when he pledged to end public corruption.
In particular, the Springfield News-Leader reported on Friday that Missouri Democrats are urging Hawley to act. However, “Hawley was not immediately available for comment,” with the newspaper also noting, “Humphreys and his family gave at least $3 million to Hawley’s campaign.”
Adding to the pressure, the Kansas City Star Editorial Board wrote over the weekend, “This Ron Richard thing is not going away. Democrats and Republicans continue to raise serious questions about changes in state law that the leader of the Missouri Senate is proposing and a $100,000 campaign contribution he received from a prominent Joplin businessman who might benefit from the bill.”
Martha Stevens, House Representative for Missouri’s 46th District, said on Friday, “This kind of shady, alleged pay-to-play politics embodies the culture of corruption in Jefferson City that time and again has favored big corporations and special interests at the expense of our working families. If Attorney General Hawley is serious about keeping his campaign promises, he should launch an investigation into this growing scandal immediately.”
Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber stated, “Hawley’s failure to act against this potential corruption makes clear why Missourians value having balance between the parties. When one party is in full control, accountability for this kind of potential corruption goes out the window.”