CORRECTED: Hawley used a state-owned car for campaign travel as AG: report

CORRECTED: Hawley used a state-owned car for campaign travel as AG: report
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Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyRepublicans face critical test of integrity on drug price controls Hillicon Valley: Facebook releases audit on bias claims | Audit fails to calm critics | Federal agencies hit with fewer cyberattacks in 2018 | Huawei founder says company faces 'live or die' moment Facebook releases audit on conservative bias claims MORE (R-Mo.) was sometimes driven in a state-owned vehicle to campaign-related events, according to a report published Tuesday by the Kansas City Star.

Hawley was elected to the Senate in November.

State and federal laws do not allow politicians to use state resources for political reasons, though government staffers may do political work on their own time. 

 

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Hawley was Missouri's attorney general at the time of the travel.

The Star reported that Federal Elections Commission filings show Hawley's campaign paid the driver, a state employee, $437 for “security / travel.”

A spokesperson for the freshman senator said any incidental travel would have been of minimum cost according to its estimates and that the campaign was happy to pay for it.

“The campaign paid what it was billed by the state,” Hawley's spokesperson Kelli Ford told the Kansas City Star. “We’ve tallied up the incidental travel and if the state would like to send the campaign an invoice for the estimated $27 for the mileage traveled, we’re happy to pay it.”

She told the paper that the car was only used  “a handful of times.”

Hawley defeated incumbent then-Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (D) in November. He announced his Senate bid in October 2017. 

This story was corrected at 6:40 p.m.