Investigation of Josh Hawley on the Horizon
Late in the campaign cycle, reports came out from the Kansas City Star that political advisers who ran aspects of Attorney General Josh Hawley's US Senate campaign may have used public funds for a political campaign, a serious allegation that could result in criminal charges and jail time. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week:
“It is against the law to use state resources for political gain,” Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor in Kansas City, said. “You cannot use taxpayer-paid staff to assist in any political purpose. The last (Republican) attorney general went to prison for utilizing his office and his state staff to promote him politically. Those are the facts.”
In 1993, Missouri Attorney General William L. Webster was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy and embezzlement of state resources after an investigation revealed Webster was using state resources for political purposes.
Now, the Kansas City Star reported today that Republican Secretary of State John Ashcroft has formally asked the State Auditor’s office investigate the allegations after a complaint was filed by the American Democracy Legal Fund. The Secretary of State’s office has no subpoena power over persons or documents, but the Auditor does.
Ashcroft asked Galloway to grant his office access to any information she obtains that relates to the allegations of improper use of state resources, as well as allow the secretary of state’s office to sit in on any interviews. In return, he promised to share any information his office obtains that could benefit Galloway’s audit.
The audit is not expected to be complete until the middle of next year.
(Via Rep. Jerome Barnes)
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