I have been trying to limit my articles concerning the Lynda Bennett House of Representatives campaign for several reasons. Primarily, I regret the time spent trying to expose the true character of Lynda Bennett. While this country is facing a pandemic which will have consequences concerning our nation’s very health and economic future, we still need to ensure that the people in the 11 District are not misled by evil.
Although the following information is lengthy, I encourage the voters in WNC to read and understand that some people will do anything to gain power. We cannot drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. by electing new denizens to populate that sewer. I know what Lynda did to the Haywood County 912 group to gain power. We see what she is doing and whom she is buying to get elected. Now imagine what she will do if she is sent to “represent” us. Especially if she is censored for FEC violations to manipulate her election as soon as she is sworn in.
Lynda Bennett campaign under fire for sham endorsement
A Smoky Mountain News investigation into a mysterious handout distributed at polling places during early voting casts serious aspersions on the legitimacy of an endorsement of congressional candidate Lynda Bennett by a previously unknown, hastily formed political action committee with ties to one of her campaign consultants.
Financial disclosures made by Lynda Bennett’s campaign show five separate payments to Red Action Strategies in amounts ranging from $1,595 to $11,951 between Jan. 10 and Feb. 3. The purpose of the payments – totaling $35,470 – is listed as online/social media services, and a separate payment in the amount of $5,000 was made to Bowman personally on Jan. 10, for videography.
The amount paid by the Bennett campaign to Bowman and his company totals $40,470, which is more than 75 percent of the $53,201 Bennett’s campaign has spent in the current election cycle.
“The way they set this committee up and her financial ties to the organization that set it up could be troubling if she’s the Republican nominee for Congress,” said Edwards. “She could end up facing FEC violations and Democrats would seize upon that in the General Election.”
If an endorsement made by a two-day-old “conservative ballot committee” of a candidate that had paid more than $40,000 to a consultant linked to the committee doesn’t sound fishy enough, a member of Bennett’s campaign also admitted involvement in distributing the handouts.
“I have lots of them,” said Jane Bilello when reached by phone on Feb. 14.
Bilello’s LinkedIn profile says that since 2009 she’s been the chair of the Asheville Tea PAC – the same organization that endorsed Bennett on Dec. 19, in an early morning phone conference that took place one hour after Rep. Mark Meadows told Politico he wouldn’t seek reelection and two hours before Bennett issued a press release announcing her candidacy. No other candidates had yet announced as of that time.
Bennett’s financial disclosures show Bilello’s been paid $3,200 by the Bennett campaign for her work as a “field representative.” She insisted “The Official Conservative Ballot Committee of NC” was legitimate.