Lies, Lies, Lies

If there is any consistency to Madison Cawthorn it is this: He Lies. A lot.


  • Lie:  He planned to go to the Naval Academy until he was involved in an accident.

    Truth:
    He was rejected by the Naval Academy before the accident. (Citizen-Times, 8-14-20)

  • Lie: He is CEO of a real estate investment firm.

    Truth:
    He did not list that title on disclosure forms as a position he actually holds, which he is required to do. Although he did file paperwork to form a company a year ago and gave himself a title, that company has reported no income and has reportedly purchased one property to date. (Jezebel, 8-10-20)

  • Lie: He works as a motivational speaker.

    Truth:
    He has done some motivational speaking, but it is not a job that generates a reported income. (Jezebel, 8-10-20) His income derives from investments after receiving $6 million in settlements from a car accident. He does not do his own investing; his portfolio is managed by his brother. (United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case No. 6:16-cv-02240, David Madison Cawthorn Deposition, Oct. 12, 2017 Page 139). He has not worked since 2016.

  • Lie: He was accepted at Harvard.

    Truth:
    He never applied to Harvard. (United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida Case No. 6:16-cv-02240, David Madison Cawthorn Deposition, Oct. 12, 2017 Page 34)

  • Lie: He’s a Washington Outsider.

    Truth:
    He has worked with DC lobbyist Terry Allen, who is affiliated with Fidelis Government Relations and has represented AT&T, the pharmaceutical industry and the nuclear energy industry (SextonsCreek). His campaign is being supported by the Super PAC Congressional Leadership Fund (Politico, 9-25-20), which is funded by Chevron and billionaire Sheldon Adelson and is spending $850,000 to support Cawthorn and attack Col. Davis; and Washington-based Super PAC Club for Growth, which is spending $490,000 on attack ads (OpenSecrets).