On Wednesday, the chairman of a political action committee campaigning for North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorne to step down filed an ethics complaint against the congressman. The complaint alleges that Cawthorn “failed to submit proper financial information to the House of Representatives regarding gifts and loans to Congressman Stephen L. Smith’s dispatcher.”
Muckrakers PAC US President David Wheeler claimed in his complaint that Cawthorn and Smith were living together, which included various screenshots showing Cawthorn’s registered address in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and referred Smith to the docket. FEC. Registered address.
The sole stated purpose of the US Muckrakers PAC is to ensure that “Cawthorn’s first term is his last.”
The day after the complaint was filed, the Daily Mail and an anti-Trump Twitter account published an undated video showing Cawthorn joking with a man in a car. The Daily Mail reported that the other man was organizer Cawthorn Smith, whom Wheeler had named in his ethics complaint. The complaint includes a video link.
“I felt the passion and the desire to see a naked body under my hands,” Cawthorn said in the video.
Then the person filming replied, “Me too. I want to see that too,” while turning on the camera. The comment made Cawthorn laugh, before another filmed himself putting his hand on the lawmaker’s groin.
Wheeler also posted several screenshots of alleged Venmo payments between Cawthorn and Smith. The images shared show the couple’s messages between June 17, 2018 and January 9, 2019 – before Smith joined Cawthorne as an adviser to run for Congress in January 2020.
In the screenshots, some of the payments Cawthorn sent to Smith contained tags such as “Get out of Sweden for me”, “What we did in Amsterdam”, and “The airport was in a rush”.
Some of Smith’s payments to Cawthorn were labeled “Love Me Every Night” and “Nude”.
“The committee was asked to investigate whether the relationship between Rep. Cawthorn and his servant, Mr. Stephen L. Smith, violated the rules or regulations of the house,” Wheeler wrote in the complaint.
A representative for Cawthorn called the complaint against Cawthorn “ridiculous.”
“Stephen is his cousin – they’re family,” the Cawthorn rep said. “The PAC that filed the complaint did not investigate.”