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North Carolina congressional candidate charged with campaign violation signs plea deal

A Republican candidate for a 2020 congressional seat from western North Carolina has been charged by federal prosecutors with a campaign finance violation, and she signed a plea agreement, court records show.

Lynda Bennett is accused of willfully and knowingly accepting on behalf of her campaign $25,000 in 2019 contributions from a relative that were provided on behalf of another person, according to a criminal information filed Friday by department attorneys. American Justice.

Another document filed Monday by one of the federal prosecutors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia requested a court hearing because Bennett “signed a plea agreement and a statement of offense.”

Federal law during the 2019-20 election cycle limited an individual’s campaign donation to a federal candidate to $2,800 per election, or $5,600 in total, according to criminal records. The document does not identify the relative or the name of the other person who actually donated.


North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Lynda Bennett accepted a plea deal because she was accused of accepting a check for $25,000 under someone else’s name on behalf of her campaign.


Bennett’s attorney, Kearns Davis, said in a written statement that “the case involves a technical violation of campaign finance regulations, based on a loan from a family member. Lynda is eager to put this behind her”.

Politico first reported on the case against Bennett, a Haywood County realtor who was a Republican candidate in the race for the 11th Congressional District seat held by the then-Rep. Mark Meadows. He was leaving the seat to become President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. Bennett was a friend of Meadows’ wife and endorsed by Meadows prior to the March 2020 primary. She qualified for a runoff primary but lost to Madison Cawthorn despite also receiving an endorsement from Trump.

Cawthorn won the 11th District general election in November 2020 and served one term. Then-state senator Chuck Edwards defeated Cawthorn in the primary last May and rejoined Congress earlier this month.


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