Attorney General Josh Hawley’s office further replied to an ongoing investigation into whether or not he used public funds for campaign purposes.
Hawley’s office provided Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft with emails and records that relate to meetings with Attorney General’s Office employees and outside consultants and records of public funds spending to consultants.
This comes after Ashcroft’s office launched an investigation into Hawley’s spending after the American Democracy Legal fund requested the investigation in November.
The fund wrote to Ashcroft’s office Nov. 2, four days before the November general election in which Hawley defeated incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, requesting the investigation.
“Evidence strongly suggests that Hawley used public funds as Attorney General to support his candidacy for U.S. Senate, by instructing political consultants to direct state, taxpayer-paid staff to undertake tasks that would raise Hawley’s profile in his bid to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate,” the American Democracy Legal Fund wrote in its complaint to Ashcroft’s office.
In a letter to the Secretary of State’s Office, D. John Sauer said the allegations are “partisan and harassing.”
The letter said that no Attorney General’s Office staff participated in any campaign activity and that there were no records of expenditures of public funds by the Attorney General’s Office to outside consultants.