Rep. Madison Cawthorn accused of misspending campaign funds

North Carolina’s controversial Rep. Madison Cawthorn was defeated in a Republican primary race by state Sen. Chuck Edwards this past May.

That defeat may not be the end of Cawthorn’s troubles, however, there are now allegations that the freshman lawmaker is on the hook for thousands of dollars in misspent campaign funds.  

The money was allegedly used to pay for the primary race

In an article published on Saturday, Washington Examiner correspondent Ryan King cited a report from the Daily Beast which stated that Cawthorn diverted cash from his general election fund to try and fend off Edwards’ primary challenge.

King noted how federal election law maintains that a candidate must segregate funds donated for use in a general election from those given for use in a primary race.

He added that if general election money is used in a primary race then it must be repaid afterwards, something which Cawthorn is apparently not in a position to do.

King pointed to Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosures which show that Cawthorn’s campaign had roughly $137,000 in cash at the time of his loss to Edwards.

That figure was significantly outweighed by the $325,000 it owed in debt. Although King acknowledged that “specifics on his current financial predicament are not clear,” unnamed sources were quoted as telling the Daily Beast that circumstances are dire.

“There was just no money,” one individual said. “It was dollar-in, dollar-out. So if he loses, it’s a really bad thing, and the only way to cover it is getting money straight from the candidate or treasurer.”

Cawthorn has been plagued by scandals

Another figure expressed bafflement at the situation, saying, “Nobody ever did the math, which baffled me because the spending was so outrageous.”

Expenditures are said by the Daily Beast to have included a $3,000 at Papa’s & Beer, a Mexican restaurant located in Greenville, North Carolina. A further $21,000 was apparently spent to cover lodging accommodations in Florida.

Cawthon’s primary defeat came following a series of scandals, including a nude video which the congressman dismissed as “blackmail.”

What’s more, the Examiner reported in April that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confiscated a firearm from him at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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