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AGO responds, again, to allegation that Hawley misused public funds


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Attorney General’s Office has again responded to the allegation that Josh Hawley used public resources to aid his successful bid for U.S. Senate by providing nearly a hundred pages of documents.

The Secretary of State’s Office is investigating a complaint filed by Brad Woodhouse, the president of the American Democracy Legal Fund, on October 31, 2018. In his complaint, Woodhouse alleged that Hawley misused state resources “by instructing political consultants to direct state, taxpayer-paid staff to undertake tasks to raise Hawley’s profile in his bid to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate.”

The allegations made in the complaint surfaced in a Kansas City Star report.

In a  previous letter to the Secretary of State’s Office, Solicitor General John Sauer said the complaint — which he called “a frivolous act of political harassment” — “piles hearsay upon hearsay from unidentified sources” and “fails to meet the legal requirements.”

In a follow up to the original response, the Attorney General’s Office provided the investigative team with 85 pages of documentation they say proves the allegations are “utterly false and baseless.”

Read the full response and documentation below: