As if all of the George Santos scandals that were uncovered between his election in November and his officially becoming a U.S. Congressman in January were not enough, new allegations have arisen including claims of fraud in his recent fundraising activities.
According to a report by CNBC, Sam Miele, a campaign staffer for George Santos, impersonated Dan Meyer, chief of staff of the new Speaker of the House of Representatives (then still just the Republican leader in the House) Kevin McCarthy in fundraising calls.
Now, while the previous allegations made against now Congressman George Santos, ranging from lying about his family’s Jewish past to lying about his work experiences, may not have been criminal in nature, this, if proven, surely is. It would not only violate campaign finance laws, but also constitute fraud, if true.
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A Republican political strategist close to GOP donors and the leadership of the Republican Jewish Coalition told CNBC, “We were duped.”
George Santos reportedly raised $3 million for his winning campaign.
All of this comes on top of a lot of other stuff as previously mentioned.
For example, according to George Santos’ official biography on his website, “George’s grandparents fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during WWII. They were able to settle in Brazil, where his mother was born. His father, who comes from Angolan roots, was also born in Brazil. Both his mother and father legally immigrated to the United States in search of the American dream, where they began their new lives on the foundations of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
But multiple reports showed that his grandparents were all native Brazilians, none were Holocaust survivors and that he has no Jewish ancestry at all.
Also, the New York Times found that George Santos fabricated some of his claims about his business The Devolder Organization. Santos also made claims about working for financial firms Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but neither has any record of his ever having been employed by them. He also lied about where he went to school.
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.
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.