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Outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) may have the threat of legal action from the Federal Election Commission hanging over him, but that wasn't going to get in the way of the birthday boy having a good time.

"One heck of a birthday weekend!" Cawthorn, who turned 27 on Monday, wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday that contained photos and videos of his multistate festivities.

"Best friends and the best family. Washington, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Florida all ensured a very eventful and fun birthday. Back to work now."

Cawthorn's campaign reportedly burned through all of its restricted general election funds in a mad-dash spending spree in the lead-up to his May 17 primary defeat and now has no money left over to return to his donors as required by law. The embattled freshman lawmaker was due to disclose his campaign's finances to the FEC on July 15, but he has yet to do so as of Friday afternoon.


"The failure to timely file a complete report may result in civil money penalties, an audit or legal enforcement action," the FEC warned Cawthorn and his campaign in a letter sent on his birthday.

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Cawthorn and two of his friends can be seen in one of the birthday videos uploaded to Instagram entering what appears to be a mock one-bedroom apartment set up in an indoor shooting range. The lawmakers and his friends were kitted out in tactical gear and wielding high-powered firearms as they breached the empty room.

"Clear!" someone in Cawthorn's tactical squad shouted a few seconds after they secured a vacant bedroom in the mock apartment. Cawthorn can be seen staring intently and pointing his pistol toward a mannequin's torso that lay on a mattress in the room, presumably examining it for signs of life.

In another video, Cawthorn and one of his comrades hastily retreat from the mock apartment as if they are being overrun by an unseen force.

"Out, out, out, go, go, go!" Cawthorn's friend shouted as the lawmaker pointed his handgun into every room they passed amid their retreat.

Cawthorn also uploaded a photo showing him opening up a wooden crate containing what appears to be golden confetti.

In another video, Cawthorn films himself driving a ski jet down a river.

Cawthorn also uploaded footage of himself clinking glasses with an unknown woman holding a smoking martini in a fancy restaurant.

Cawthorn embarked on his multistate birthday bash after the Daily Beast reported in July that his campaign spent $1,500 on trips to Chick-fil-A, dropped almost $3,000 at a restaurant called Papa's Beer, booked $21,000 worth of hotels in Florida, funded multiple trips to a high-end cigar shop, and doled out lucrative consulting fees to his personal friend and campaign manager Blake Harp in the weeks leading up to his primary loss to state Sen. Chuck Edwards.

Cawthorn and Harp have not returned requests for comment.

The Cawthorn campaign had only $138,000 cash on hand and debts totaling $325,000 as of April 27 after having raised over $3.5 million since the beginning of 2021, according to its most recently filed FEC report.

Cawthorn's campaign is required by law to reimburse a combined $220,000 to large-dollar donors who had contributed to his general election fund before his May 17 primary loss. It's unclear where Cawthorn's campaign will find the money to reimburse his donors.

Cawthorn promoted himself to his campaign's treasurer and custodian of records on July 15, a move that Kendra Arnold, the executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, explained to the Washington Examiner could expose the outgoing lawmaker to personal liability if the FEC follows through on its threat to impose fines for his failure to report his campaign's finances.

Jordan Libowitz, the communications director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told the Washington Examiner that Cawthorn's campaign will be placed in the FEC's administrative fine program and will face civil penalties for each unfiled or late report until his campaign is shut down.

"Anything short of a natural disaster preventing you from filing means you have to pay the fine," Libowitz said. "Failed primary candidates who don't return general election funds regularly get referred to the FEC's Enforcement Division, which has generally been successful in obtaining civil penalties because the violation is clear."

Libowitz added that the FEC can refer matters to the Department of Justice for criminal violations, but he cautioned that the agency rarely takes that step.

"The kind of thing that ends up with criminal prosecution tends to be the misuse of campaign funds type cases," Libowitz said.

The Washington Examiner reported before Cawthorn's primary loss that the lawmaker had engaged in what multiple experts called an apparent insider trading scheme related to the "Let's Go Brandon" meme cryptocurrency.

The Washington Examiner's reporting prompted the House Ethics Committee to vote unanimously in late May to launch an investigation into Cawthorn's connection to the alleged cryptocurrency scam.

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Tim Lafai aims for Salford Sunday feast – after falling in love with Yorkshire staple

TIM Lafai hopes to feast on Leeds after falling in love with the area’s great culinary export – Yorkshire pudding.

Now he is fully settled into life at Salford and in England, we are seeing what he can really do, flick passes and everything.

3Tim Lafai revealed he and his family have fallen in love with Yorkshire pudding since moving to EnglandCredit: SWPIX.COM

Centre Lafai has been a revelation since being plucked from the Covid-19 curtailed reserve grades in Australia and working a day job as a traffic control officer on construction sites around Sydney.

But while things on the field could not be going much better, it is one thing off the field he cannot get enough of.

Lafai said: “Yorkshire pudding is the best thing ever!

“My family goes for a roast at least once a week just to have one, it’s pretty special. When I first heard of it after coming here, I thought the boys were talking about a dessert.

“The way they described it, I was like, ‘That doesn’t sound like something you’d eat after dinner.’ I had one, then I was like, ‘Ah, it makes sense now.’

“The first few weeks were difficult as we’re such family-orientated people but we’ve really made it home now. We can see ourselves staying here for another few years.

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“And now I‘m settled, after being out of the game for more than a year, you’re seeing what I can do. I always knew I was capable, it was just a case of getting my foot in the door here."

Lafai, 31, left Konrad Hurrell wondering which way to turn last Sunday as Salford blitzed three-time defending champions St Helens 44-12 in one of the shock results of the season.

It is becoming regular for the Samoan to flick a pass from the back of his hand to Joe Burgess and either create a try or chaos.

But that is the product of hard work on the training pitch, one which has resulted in an almost telepathic understanding as boss Paul Rowley’s style pays off.

3Lafai and Joe Burgess have formed a fantastic left edge partnershipCredit: SWPIX.COM

Lafai added: “We’re really getting to know each other’s game and that really helps a lot – the pass has always been there but it was a case of getting that confidence and skill back.

“It’s also about Budge knowing how I play my game. It’s him trusting me to get on the outside and engage the winger.

“With Budge’s speed, I can always count on him to be there – sometimes I don’t even have to look. There were times when the ball went over the touchline but I suppose you have to fail your way to success.

“As the season’s gone on, our belief’s got stronger. Now we believe we can make the top six – any team not wanting to get into the play-offs isn’t taking the competition seriously.

“And our style is something I’ve been looking for from a coach throughout my career – he lets us play, whether it’s tackle one or five – and he backs our ability. All we needed was belief.”

3Lafai was sensational in Salford's win over St HelensCredit: SWPIX.COM

One of the highlights of Salford’s win, which put them back into the top six going into this weekend’s fixtures, was a length of the field effort that saw Brodie Croft back up Lafai’s break.

However, at the time he was in agony as he was suffering from cramp and cursing the ball landing in his hands.

As he prepares to go up against Harry Newman at Headingley today, he told SunSport: “I was cramping up and Dan Sarginson hit me with a pass.

“I was like, ‘Oh wow, I’ll just have to run through these cramps.’ It was definitely mind over matter and deal with the pain later. While I was running, my legs were seizing up!”

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