George Santos, the newly elected U.S. Congressman from Long Island who claims to be the grandson of Holocaust survivors, is running around trying to damage control over his habitual lying. And while he is doing that Santos may also be under federal criminal investigation.
According to a report in The Daily Beast, George Santos had his firm the Devolder Organization help fund his campaign with what might have been an illegal $700,000 corporate contribution. There are laws that limit the amount of money a business can donate to a political campaign.
But this is where things get complicated. Santos may have “loaned” himself the money from Devolder for his campaign. However, even loaning money to a campaign has limitations and all such transfers must be reported. And George Santos may be in trouble for “loaning” himself the money from the company funds whatever he did with it.
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Meanwhile, George Santos is still trying to come up with ways to explain his wealth and business past. In an interview, he told Semafor that he made millions selling luxury items like gold watches. Santos even says he sold airplanes and yachts.
To sell these things Santos said that he would “go look out there within my Rolodex and be like: ‘Hey, are you looking for a plane?’ ‘Are you looking for a boat?’ I just put that feeler out there.” George Santos told Semafor that he he had a network of wealthy investors, family offices, “institutions” and endowments that included about 15,000 people. Within the first six months of starting Devolder, he said he “landed a couple of million-dollar contracts.”
On the demands of Republican congressmen that he agree to a formal inquiry of some sort into his lies, George Santos said, “I don’t dance to the tune of these guys. If it was requested of me to produce any documentation from this organization, I have no problem doing so to people with the proper authority, not to authoritarian members of congress that think they have authority over their peers.”