North Carolina Republican Mark Harris revealed his campaign owes $34,000 to a political operative accused of illegally collecting — and not submitting — absentee ballots

epublican Congressional candidate for North Carolina's 9th district Mark Harris with President Donald Trump.Sean Rayford/Getty Images

  • Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the House seat in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, revealed on Thursday night that his campaign owed over $ 34,000 to a political operative who’s been accused of election fraud. 
  • The operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, was contracted by a consulting group that Harris’ campaign paid for “Bladen absentee, early voting poll workers; reimbursement door to door,” according to an F.E.C. filing. 
  • Dowless is a convicted felon who has faced jail time for fraud and perjury, but has denied any wrongdoing in his work on this election. 

Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for the House seat in North Carolina’s 9th congressional district, revealed on Thursday night that his campaign owed over $ 34,000 to a political operative who’s been accused of illegally collecting absentee ballots from voters and only sending in those in favor of Harris. 

The operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, was contracted by Red Dome Group, a Charlotte-based consulting group that Harris’ campaign hired to help turnout voters in rural Bladen County.

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