Ashcroft's office to investigate Hawley Senate campaign

The Missouri Secretary of State's Office state it would investigate the Senate campaign of Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. (File)

In response to a complaint from a group that promotes accountability in government, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's office said Thursday he will open an investigation into the way Josh Hawley ran his successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Specifically, the group, the American Democracy Legal Fund, alleged "that Hawley used public funds as Attorney General to support his candidacy for the U.S. Senate." At issue is whether Hawley's staff worked for him in his capacity as Attorney General and simultaneously to promote his political ambitions, which is a violation of campaign finance laws.

In a letter to ADLF, Ashcroft's Deputy General Counsel Khristine Heisinger said "this office will commence an investigation into the alleged offenses."

Hawley's office responded through spokesperson Mary Compton. "We are delighted to cooperate with the Secretary of State's Office and put these ridiculous allegations to bed once and for all," she said. "These allegations are totally meritless and nothing more than a partisan attempt to slander the work of the Attorney General's office."

Compton said no taxpayer resources were ever expended for campaign purposes.

Former Attorney General Bill Webster was sentenced to two years in prison in the early 1990's after it was determined that he had used state resources for political purposes.

The full complaint can be read below:

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