Cawthorn, 26, spent $2,950 on August 9 from his members representational allowance at Skylaranna, a getaway hotel and resort based in his hometown of Hendersonville, according to expense reports first obtained and analyzed by the Washington Examiner.
Skylaranna claims to boast luxury accommodations for romantic dinners, weddings, and corporate events that run up to $329 a night in some rooms.
Representative Cawthorn also billed taxpayers more than $2,000 that same week for trips to Chick-fil-A, Bojangles chicken, Joey’s NY Bagels and non-detailed payments to his government Citibank card, according to the expense report. All were categorized as ‘legislative planning food and beverage’ expenses.
The total for the week was just under $5,000 in planning expenses between the food and accommodations.
Controversial Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn is drawing heat for spending nearly $3,000 in taxpayer money on what was termed a ‘legislative planning food and beverage’ visit to a swanky resort in North Carolina
The Skylaranna claims to boast luxury accommodations for romantic dinners, weddings, and corporate events that run up to $329 a night in some rooms
The Skylaranna is a luxury resort located in Cawthorn’s hometown of Hendersonville, North Carolina
The Skylaranna was originally built in 1956 as a private estate but was bought in 2019 by its current owners
That same week, Cawthorn had tweeted: ‘Democratic politicians certainly love wasting your hard-earned tax dollars while forcing your businesses to shut down.’
A spokesman for Cawthorn told the Examiner that the expenses were for what they termed a ‘district retreat.’
‘Our district retreat occurred on those dates; those expenses were for the district and D.C. staff on the retreat. Nearly every office on Capitol Hill has a district retreat and a budget specifically designated for one,’ Luke Ball said.
Members of the House of Representatives get an average $1.5 million allowance to pay for staff, offices and expenses.
They’re allowed two ‘legislative planning sessions’ per year in their home states but no funds that are ‘primarily social in nature’ can be spent from those allowances.
Only one member of the House spent more on legislative planning events than Cawthorn – Texas Republican Kay Granger – while 286 reps spent $0 on the events, the Examiner reported.
The news comes amid reports that Cawthorn’s re-election campaign spent more than it raised in the first quarter of 2022 and entered April with just $242,000 cash on hand and debts of $127,000, according to a Friday FEC filing.
Representative Cawthorn also billed taxpayers over $2,000 that same week for trips to restaurants like Chic-fil-A and Bojangles
Cawthorn has spent his entire tenure in Congress as a lightning rod for controversy.
Last month, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said the 26-year-old had lost his trust after admitting his claims about Washington were exaggerated, and he said he may take further action over the comments, which caused an angry outcry among Hill Republicans.
Cawthorn was asked during an interview about how much D.C. resembles Netflix show House of Cards, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion.’
The North Carolina Republican replied that the ‘sexual perversion’ and drug use is just like what people saw on television.
‘The sexual perversion that goes on in Washington … being kind of a young guy in Washington where the average age is probably 60 or 70, I look at all these people – a lot of them who I’ve looked up to throughout my life … then all of a sudden you get invited to like, “well hey we’re going to have kind of a sexual get together at one of our homes. You should come,” like, what did you just ask me to come to?
‘And then you realize they’re asking you to come to an orgy.’
‘There’s some of the people that are leading the movement to try and remove addiction in our country and then you watch them doing, you know, a key bump of cocaine in front of you and it’s like wow, this is wild.’
McCarthy said Cawthorn admitted he had exaggerated his claims.
‘In the interview, he claims he watched people do cocaine. Then when he comes in he tells me, he says he thinks he saw maybe a staffer in a parking garage from 100 yards away,’ McCarthy said.
‘It’s just frustrating. There’s no evidence behind his statements.
‘And when I sit down with him … I told him you can’t make statements like that, as a member of Congress, that affects everybody else and the country as a whole.’
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (pictured) plans to sit down with 26-year-old GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn to talk about claims he made including that he was invited to orgies and cocaine use was rampant in Washington, D.C.
Cawthorn, 26, was asked during an interview with the Warrior Poet Society how closely his experience on Capitol Hill aligns with House of Cards, specifically its elements of ‘corruption, power, money and perversion’
Cawthorn said that he once heard a former president say the only thing that was unrealistic about the Netflix show was that Congress would ever be able to pass a piece of legislation that quickly, and he agreed with the sentiment
Earlier this year, Cawthorn also suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic.
Cawthorn said of the California Democrat at a campaign event: ‘I’ll tell you I have to work with her every single day so please do pray for me. The theories of alcoholism are very true and it’s very sad,’ he said, according to video posted by Patriot Takes.
His line got chuckles during the event.
Pelosi, 81, doesn’t drink, and hasn’t for years.
Her daughter Christine attacked prior slurs about her mom’s alleged alcoholism in 2019, tweeting: ‘Republicans and their conservative allies have been pumping this despicable fake meme for years! Now they are caught.
‘#FactCheck: Madam Speaker doesn’t even drink alcohol!’
Earlier this year Cawthorn also suggested at a campaign event (above) that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an alcoholic – despite the fact that she doesn’t drink
Cawthorn, a staunch conservative not known for his friends across the aisle, is seemingly accusing his fellow Republicans of the illicit behavior. He has recently sparked controversy for calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and ‘alcoholic’ and Ukrainian President Zelensky a ‘thug’
Cawthorn in December announced the he and his wife of eight months were filing for divorce
Then in March, a video surfaced showing Cawthorn calling Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky a ‘thug.’ He said his government was ‘corrupt, incredibly evil’ and ‘pushing woke ideologies.’
He appeared to be discussing the U.S. sending military aid to Ukraine before lashing out at leaders in Kyiv – who refused to flee the country despite reports that many are on a Russian ‘kill list’ including Zelensky and his family.
But the freshman congressman doesn’t seem close to any apologies, saying recently that he ‘won’t bow to the mob’ amid a barrage of criticism from within his own party for the series of bombastic statements.
‘The radical left, the establishment, and the media want to take me down. Their attacks have been relentless. I won’t stop fighting. I won’t bow to the mob. They want to silence the America First movement. I’m not going anywhere,’ the 26-year-old North Carolina Republican wrote on Twitter, along with a new campaign video.
Last year, in December, Cawthorn announced the he and his wife of eight months were filing for divorce.