Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., made a significant revision to his 2022 campaign documents Tuesday by specifying that a $500,000 loan he made to the campaign did not come from his personal funds.
The initial filing in September included a checked box stating that the sizable loan came from the «candidate’s personal funds.» In the new presentation, which was first reported by the daily beastthat box is unchecked.
He modified presentationhowever, it does not provide new information on the origin of the funds; it only says that the loan came from the candidate but was not his personal money.
Approximately $150,000 in loans is still marked as coming from your personal funds. A separate file It shows a new loan of $125,000 that Santos gave him in October, but it was not from his personal funds.
In an interview last month with WABC radio, Santos said the loans were money «that I paid myself» through the Devolder Organization, his company.
When he first ran for Congress in 2020, Santos said on a campaign finance form that he made $55,000 a year. Campaign files from last year indicated that he made millions of dollars in 2021, he told the news site traffic light last month that he made his money legitimately through his company’s «introduction» business.
A spokesman for Santos’ office in Congress said he «does not comment on personal or campaign matters.»
Law enforcement sources said last month that federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had opened an investigation into Santos and were looking into his finances, including possible wrongdoing related to financial disclosures and loans he made to his campaign.
He is also under investigation by the Nassau County district attorney’s office, and the state attorney general’s office has said it is «investigating a number of matters» related to Santos.
Santos has come under scrutiny after bombing New York Times research published last month showed that much of his resume appeared to have been fabricated, including claims that he owned numerous properties, had previously been employed by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and had attended and graduated from Baruch College.
Santos has acknowledged some of the lies and at the same time has tried to minimize them. he told the New York Post last month: “My sins here are embellishing my resume. Sorry.»
While some fellow Republicans have called for his resignation, the Republican Party Steering Committee, led by Chairman Kevin McCarthy of California, voted to give him two committee seats this month: one on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, the other in the Small Business Committee.