Madison Cawthorn’s short time in Congress will go down in history as one of the most bizarre showings by a political candidate. After getting elected based on some deeply controversial statements in support of Donald Trump, no one warned him not to say even more controversial things about his own party, including public statements about being invited by them to “coke-fueled sex orgies.”
NEW: Madison Cawthorn just filed a humdinger of a campaign wrap-up, showing what appears to be overdrafts of hundreds of thousands of dollars, along with a total personal financial loss of $556,000—more than 3x his congressional salary. Me @thedailybeast https://t.co/Q0EmaS7l2v
— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) August 18, 2022
No one warned him that statements like that would move his own party against him, and he lost his one reelection bid, badly. In addition, he invested a lot of his own personal money to his campaign after illegally spending some of his political donors’ money when he shouldn’t have, and that money is gone for good.
Reports say that the situation is somewhat unprecedented, with Jordan Libowitz, communications director for government watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), saying that “I can’t think of anyone else who illegally spent campaign funds and then paid out of his pocket to cover it…you don’t often see is an incumbent sitting member of Congress spending hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars, and doing it at the end of a losing campaign to repay debts.”
According to The Daily Beast:
‘The spending spree caught up to the campaign at the worst possible time: right when the primary election hit. Campaign finance law experts told The Daily Beast that the Cawthorn operation appears to have overdrawn more than $200,000 in the weeks after the primary, which Cawthorn backfilled at the end of June with a single personal contribution. While the campaign was scrambling to make its primary election obligations, it had also tapped donor money for the general election, which it wasn’t legally allowed to touch, as The Daily Beast previously reported.’
Twitter had no sympathy for the embattled former congressman. Read some of their comments below: