Meadows ally to plead guilty to illegal campaign contribution

  • In US
  • 2023-01-30 17:56:40Z
  • By The Hill

An unsuccessful Republican congressional candidate who ran to replace former Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) after he joined the Trump White House will plead guilty to accepting an illegal campaign contribution, according to court filings.

Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Lynda Bennett for knowingly accepting a $25,000 campaign contribution from a relative that was made in someone else's name. A court filing on Monday indicated Bennett agreed to plead guilty.

Bennett, a real estate agent and GOP activist, ultimately lost to Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) despite receiving Meadows and Trump's endorsements in her 2020 primary.

Many details of the purportedly illegal contribution remain unclear. Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper to set a hearing for her to formally enter the plea.

Federal campaign finance laws prohibited individual contributions that exceeded $2,800 for the 2020 primary cycle or $2,800 for that year's general election cycle.

The Hill has reached out to Bennett for comment.

Meadows' wife, Debbie Meadows, was close with Bennett and reportedly encouraged the former president to endorse her in the primary.

Cawthorn ultimately beat Bennett by about 32 percentage points, or 15,000 votes.

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