According to a recent campaign finance report, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley accepted a $1,000 donation from Bob Packwood in March. Packwood is a former U.S. senator who resigned decades ago amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Hawley previously said during a February press conference that he “had not accepted monies from sexual harassers.”
Packwood resigned in 1995 following a Senate Ethics Committee vote to expel him. Several female former employees accused Packwood of sexual misconduct such as touching and kissing.
When asked about the contribution in light of his February comments, Hawley’s campaign said that he would return Packwood’s donation but did not explain why he accepted it in the first place.
Hawley has also refused to return $50,000 in contributions from Governor Eric Greitens, who is under indictment for sexual blackmail.