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House Ethics Committee v. Madison Cawthorn's Crypto

May 25, 2022
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The context
North Carolina Representative Madison Cawthorn is getting quite the kick in the rear on his way out of office. The scandal-ridden freshman congressman is now under investigation for his involvement with the "Let's Go Brandon" cryptocurrency.
House Ethics Committee v. Madison Cawthorn's Crypto

Cawthorn takes another hit

  • 26-year-old North Carolina Republican Representative Madison Cawthorn is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Cawthorn recently lost his reelection bid to former Senator Chuck Edwards.
  • The scandal-ridden Congressman encouraged followers to invest in the cryptocurrency "Let's go Brandon" in what is now being called a "pump and dump" scheme.
  • Cawthorn is also under investigation for a relationship with one of his staffers and came under fire for his comments about drug use and sexual behavior amongst the Republican party in Washington D.C.
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Crypto is good for you and me

  • The investigation into Cawthorn is probing whether he improperly promoted a cryptocurrency in which he had an undisclosed financial stake.
  • The president of a political action committee also filed an ethics complaint against Cawthorn for failing to file financial disclosures for gifts and loans he gave to one of his staff members.
  • The phrase rose to prominence when NASCAR driver Brandon Brown won a race in Talladega, and while being interviewed, the crowd behind him chanted "F*** Joe Biden." The announcer misheard the crowd's chanting as "Let's Go, Brandon," which then became a pro-Trump rallying cry.
  • Brown even drove a car emblazoned with the slogan, and an Ethereum-based coin was minted. But, when NASCAR banned the coin makers from sponsoring a car, its value plummeted to zero.
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Tumbling out of office

  • Representative Cawthorn has had tumultuous final months in office.
  • He has been accused of bringing a firearm into an airport twice.
  • His driver's license was revoked in April, and a lewd video of him has been circulating online.
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To the moon, and back

  • The probe alleges that Cawthorn owned and promoted the "Let's Go Brandon" coin the day before it announced it would be sponsoring NASCAR driver Brandon Brown's car.
  • In an Instagram post before the announcement, Cawthorn wrote, "LGB legends. ... Tomorrow we go to the moon," which sparked allegations of insider trading as he failed to disclose his coin ownership.
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