US Rep. Santos Rejects GOP Calls to Resign

    US Rep. Santos Rejects GOP Calls to Resign
    Last updated Jan 11, 2023
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    • On Wednesday, Rep. George Santos (R-NY) rejected calls from Nassau County Republican leaders to resign in the face of revelations he fabricated details of his resume, several investigations on potential campaign finance law violations, and other alleged controversies.[1]
    • On Monday, the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), a campaign watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) accusing him of illegally using campaign funds to pay personal expenses and concealing the source of approximately $700K.[2]
    • The CLC questions how Santos was able to lend his campaign $705K despite only being worth $55K per his 2020 financial disclosure reports.[2]
    • In addition to the CLC’s complaint, Santos is being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for potential campaign finance violations. Brazilian law enforcement is also reinstating fraud charges against Santos related to a stolen checkbook in 2008.[3]
    • In addition, one of Santos’ campaign staffers has been accused of impersonating GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s chief of staff in order to solicit donations from wealthy GOP donors. Santos’ lawyers said the staffer, Sam Miele, was “let go about a year ago.”[4]
    • On Tuesday, NY Democratic Representatives Ritchie Torres and Daniel Goldman hand delivered a House Ethics Committee complaint to Santos’ office. In the complaint, the lawmakers accuse Santos of violating federal ethics law.[5]


    Democratic narrative

    Santos’ lies have crossed the line from unethical to criminal, and he must be investigated by the Federal Election Commission. It's miraculous how a failed congressional candidate with only $50K in 2020 was able to loan his 2022 campaign $705K. All signs point to a violation of campaign finance laws.

    Republican narrative

    Democrats have absolutely no leg to stand on when it comes to campaign finance violations and shady money-switching hands. They took millions of dollars from former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, who has led one of the most notorious cons in American history. Democrats are the ones who need to be investigated, and their fixation on Rep. Santos is ironic at best.

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