Just in case you needed any more proof what a grifter Madison Cawthorn is, The Daily Beast reports the soon-to-be-unseated congressman spent general election campaign donations during his primary – that he lost.
He is legally required to return the general election funds to donors except he spent it all.
EXCLUSIVE: After losing the primary election, Madison Cawthorn has no money to pay the piper.
Specifically, there’s no money to repay the supporters who donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in advance to his election efforts beyond the primary.https://t.co/UxCborZg5V
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 23, 2022
From The Daily Beast:
“Nobody ever did the math, which baffled me because the spending was so outrageous,” the campaign source told The Daily Beast.
This person pointed to a spree of frivolous charges over the last year that all accelerated into 2022, such as $1,500 in “egregiously” frequent trips to Chick-Fil-A, almost $3,000 at a place called Papa’s Beer, three separate charges at a high-end cigar shop, $21,000 for lodging in Florida and—the biggest drain—hundreds of thousands of dollars in sky-high consulting and fundraising fees, including for Cawthorn’s friend and campaign manager, Blake Harp, who was drawing a salary beyond federal limits.
Federal election laws allow candidates to raise money for the primary and the general election at the same time. But candidates can’t spend the general election funds unless they win the primary, first. If you don’t win, you have to repay those donors.
Read the full report here. And by the way, sometimes a cigar isn’t just a cigar if you know what I mean…
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Never forget, the GQP turned their backs on Madison Cawthorn because there was video proof that he was being sexual with another man, NOT because he's a white supremacist who spews conspiracy theories. #Fresh
— Jason Dogwood ™️🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🇺🇦 (@jasondogwood) July 23, 2022
Disgraced Congressman Madison Cawthorn stole from his campaign donors and spent lavishly on Chick-fil-A, high-end cigars and an expensive trip to Florida
He is now $220,000 in debt and dead broke
Sounds like someone went on a spending orgy 😉
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) July 24, 2022
NEW: Madison Cawthorn reportedly owes several hundred thousand dollars to reimburse donors for money he illegally spent during his failed primary campaign — but he’s BROKE.
Enjoy your Saturday!
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 23, 2022
Madison Cawthorn Owes A Ton Of Money To His Donors, But He’s Broke: One-term Congressman Madison Cawthorn, a Trump sycophant, is in financial and possibly legal trouble, too. According to The Daily Beast, Cawthorn spent donor mone.. via crooksandliars https://t.co/dwIBRbpyqK
— Jeffrey Levin 🇺🇦 (@jilevin) July 23, 2022
It’s just funny how Madison Cawthorn was just some random 25 year old elected to Congress and it went as poorly as you’d expect it to.
— Drew Savicki (@DrewSav) July 23, 2022
I wouldn’t trust a check from Madison Cawthorn these days. https://t.co/xQznD4dZPx
— Ty Ross (@cooltxchick) July 23, 2022