The NRA PVF has spent $1M+ on behalf of the MO GOP AG'S campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill.
It has set records for spending by outside groups in MISSOURI. campaignlegal.org/document/clc-c…
Complaint filed by CLC, co-signed by Giffords, org lead by former Rep. Gabby Giffords
Hawley’s campaign & the NRA have tried to circumvent FEC rule by
▪Using vendors that employ the SAME PPL
▪Operate at the SAME ADDRESS
▪BUT use DIFFERENT names
▪SEPT 6 ⇾Jon Ferrell placed an ad for Hawley’s campaign w/ KYTV (Springfield, MO)
▪Listed himself as “agent for Josh Hawley for Senate"
▪SEPT 6 ⇾Ferrell placed ad w/ KYTV for NRA’s Political Victory Fund.
▪Ferrell’s signature appears on forms for both ads
■ RED EAGLE MEDIA=NATL MEDIA RESEARCH. Hawley pd $45K (July ⇾Sept)
■ NATL MEDIA-same VA address as ONMESSAGE, GOP consulting firm Hawley used for 2016 AG run & since the start of Senate run
Starboard’s apparent purpose was to help the NRA evade FEC rules.
As a result, the NRA may have made millions in illegal and excessive in-kind contributions
🤬NRA is trying to make sure R's keep Senate
NRA PVF paid STARBOARD $3.8M this election cycle for MULTIPLE Senate campaigns.
The complaint against Hawley’s campaign comes after the CLC/Giffords filed similar one against MT GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.
Good-govt groups say Rosendale's remarks raise serious questions of potentially illicit coordination between Rosendale and an independent political group supporting his campaign run by NRA.
NRA’s expenditures for its anti-Tester ads, notably, were paid to STARBOARD
NRA-ILA’s independent expenditures are routed through STARBOARD, a clone of OnMessage, which works with the same campaigns the NRA is—ostensibly, independently—supporting with huge ad buys.