A friend of Mark Meadows, who ran for his former House seat, will plead guilty to accepting an illegal campaign contribution.
Lynda Bennett, who lost in a 2020 Republican primary campaign to Madison Cawthorn, accepted a contribution from a family member exceeding $25,000, according to charging paperwork filed by prosecutors. That contribution was given “in the name of another person,” according to the papers, signed by U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves and Corey Amundson, chief of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section.
Details about the allegation were sparse. Prosecutors asked U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper on Monday to set a hearing for Bennett to formally enter the plea agreement in federal court in Washington, D.C. But they indicated she had signed the paperwork.
It is not a coincidence that these sorts of crimes always seem to pop up near Trump and his associates like Mark Meadows. Since the Supreme Court gutted U.S. campaign finance law with the Citizens United decision, a candidate’s violation of the law has to be egregious to get caught.
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Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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