Hawley and McCaskill Speak on Dark Money, Attack Ads


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Despite their already publicized differences, there’s one thing both Attorney General Josh Hawley and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill Agree on. They both say candidates should be transparent. Each has, at some point, made claims of secret funding in this election cycle. 

“She’s sold us out to the big money donors in her party,” Hawley said the day before securing his Senate candidacy. 

“I want to know how he feels about dark money,” McCaskill said two days later. 

Both putting down a kind of hidden politics they know to be frowned upon. 

“If you want to know where Claire McCaskill is, just look to where the liberal money is,” Hawley said. “That’s not where Missouri is.”

“This dark money that is dominating this senate campaign,” McCaskill said. “People don’t like that. People don’t like that they can’t tell who is paying for commercials.”

But like it or not, both candidates are being targeted by third-party ads, meaning in a way, both are benefiting. 

KOLR10 took a look at two frequently aired attack ads–one aimed at each candidate and found, neither was funded by either candidate’s campaign but instead by Political Action Committees.

The ad against Hawley is produced by the Senate Majority PAC, an organization that according to its own website was founded by aggressive Democrats with the sole mission of winning Senate Races. 

The ad against McCaskill is produced by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, an organization that according to its website is solely devoted to strengthening the Republican Senate Majority. 

Now, both candidates are offering solutions. 

For Hawley, the answer is a debate. 

“Let’s let the people of Missouri decide this election. They need to hear from us directly,” he said. 

For McCaskill, the answer is discernment on the part of the public. 

“I don’t care if the ad is for me or against me. If you don’t know who’s paying for it. You shouldn’t pay any attention to it,” the senator said. 

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