Another sad chapter in the annals of IOKIYAR*.
Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].
Air wars: Hawley flies on lobbyist’s plane after blasting McCaskill
Missouri’s Senate candidates duke it out over whose flights are more unsavory.
By BURGESS EVERETT and ELANA SCHOR 10/20/2018 09:45 AM EDT
Sure enough, we went directly to Josh Hawley’s (r) October 2018 Federal Election Commission [FEC] campaign finance report and there it is:
Travis Brown and Kelly Brown each contributed $2612.50, in kind, dated September 24, 2018 to Josh Hawley’s (r) U.S. Senate campaign. The memo on the contribution report states: “In Kind: Air Charter 9-20-18”
Well, slap my face and call me a republican lobbyist, I’d never consider such a thing possible, given Josh Hawley’s, you know, lack of insider contacts and his apparent aversion to air travel.
Gee, they’re both “self employed” in the “government relations” business. “Government relations” is FEC report talk for “lobbyist”. Charter plane flights not always included.
Travis Brown, Travis Brown…wait a minute, we’ve run into that name before. At the Missouri Ethics Commision [lobbying search]:
Principal: PELOPIDAS, LLC 1034 S. BRENTWOOD BLVD, STE 1700 SAINT LOUIS , MO 63117 […]
Lobbyist: Travis Brown 1034 S. Brentwood Blvd, Ste 1700 Saint Louis , MO 63117 […]
Why, that’s the same address listed for the in-kind contributions to Josh Hawley (r) in the FEC report. Go figure.
It’s not like a lobbyist’s plane hasn’t been an issue in the past:
Today’s Republican Floor Leader co-owns plane with Lobbyist story is (January 16, 2009)
A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist (January 18, 2009)
A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 2 (January 19, 2009)
A Plane, a Business, a Representative, and a Lobbyist, part 3 (January 22, 2009)
It’s plane what isn’t going to happen this year when it comes to ethics reform in Jefferson City (December 31, 2009)
We’re fairly certain this is not the aircraft in question – we couldn’t find the registration number on it.
Though it does make an apt metaphor for the blatant hypocrisy inherent in Josh Hawley’s (r) campaign rhetoric.
The more things change, the more they remain the same, and the very same republicans show up with their plane.
* it’s okay if you’re a republican