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Businesses Tied to McCaskill's Husband Received $131M in Federal Money Since 2007

Hawley has been citing the words of a McCaskill staffer that doesn't seem to exist.

July 24, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

"Businesses tied to U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D) husband," Joseph Shepard, "have been awarded more than $131 million in federal subsidies since" she "took office in 2007."

His "personal income from his investments in those businesses has grown exponentially during his wife’s two terms in the Senate. The federal payments don’t go directly into Shepard’s pocket. Most of the money goes toward operating costs for government-subsidized housing projects Shepard is invested in. Those companies then distribute the profits to Shepard and other investors."

"In 2006, the year before McCaskill entered the Senate, her husband’s personal income from those investments was between $1,608 and $16,731, according to the senator’s financial disclosure forms. In 2017, five years into McCaskill’s second term, Shepard personally earned between $365,374 and $1,118,158 from investments in housing projects that received federal subsidies, the disclosure forms show. ... There’s no evidence that McCaskill played any part in directing federal funds to businesses affiliated with her husband."

McCaskill campaign spokeswoman Meira Bernstein: “Her only concern when doing her job in the Senate is what is best for the people of Missouri.” (McClatchy)

FAKE STAFFER. State Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) has been citing the words of a McCaskill staffer named Moriah during his campaign. However, there is no one by that name that works for McCaskill or in any of the 100 Senate offices.

A conservative activist tweeted that they overheard “Moriah” talking about how McCaskill has no plans to vote for Kavanaugh, saying “She’s in such a red state, but she doesn’t even try. She doesn’t give a sh** and I love it.” Hawley retweeted the activist, adding “This is incredible. @clairecmc only one way to make this right. Pledge NOW to vote for Judge #Kavanaugh.”

While appearing at a rally with Vice President Mike Pence, Hawley alluded to McCaskill staff saying the senator won’t support Kavanaugh.

“But on Monday, Hawley’s campaign said he never asserted the tweet was true...He was citing a report, said Kelli Ford, Hawley’s campaign spokeswoman.”

Ford: “As Josh said in his original tweet, it’s easy to put all of this to rest — pledge now to vote for Judge Kavanaugh.” (Kansas City Star)

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