Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway, who is running for governor, is accused of potentially misusing Missourians’ taxpayer dollars to her advance her political career.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial board criticized Galloway in February for using her taxpayer-funded staff to advance her political goals as she was conducting an audit for then-Attorney General and now-Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO). The Post-Dispatch noted that Steph Deidrick, Galloway’s press secretary, emailed an op-ed to the Post-Dispatch to attack Gov. Mike Paron’s decision to impose restrictions on administering abortions.
However, the St. Louis paper then realized that the op-ed regarding abortion had “nothing” to do with Galloway’s position as state auditor.
“In fact, the topic has nothing to do with those duties but everything to do with Galloway’s effort to position herself on a key political issue just before announcing her gubernatorial campaign against Parson,” the Post-Dispatch wrote.
The paper continued:
The Galloway campaign’s Twitter account posts a link to that op-ed. Why did Galloway assign a state employee to use a state office and state email account for what was clearly a personal political mission? It might not be illegal, but it certainly doesn’t pass the smell test. Nor is it consistent with the laudably high standards Galloway sets when auditing other government offices and officials.
Then in April, Moms Demand Action backed her candidacy for governor. She said:
Missouri has one of the highest rates of gun deaths per year and some of the weakest gun laws in the country. I’m committed to fighting for common-sense gun safety laws to keep our communities safe. I’m proud to have a 2020 @MomsDemand Gun Sense Candidate distinction.
Missouri has one of the highest rates of gun deaths per year and some of the weakest gun laws in the country. I’m committed to fighting for common-sense gun safety laws to keep our communities safe. I’m proud to have a 2020 @MomsDemand Gun Sense Candidate distinction. pic.twitter.com/AXl1rMmTnN
— Nicole Galloway (@nicolergalloway) April 29, 2020
115.646. No contribution or expenditure of public funds shall be made directly by any officer, employee or agent of any political subdivision to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office. This section shall not be construed to prohibit any public official of a political subdivision from making public appearances or from issuing press releases concerning any such ballot measure.
“It’s deeply troubling that Auditor Galloway continues to misuse taxpayer funds to advance her political career. She has failed to meet the high standards she sets for the subjects of her audits, and she may have even violated the law.”