George Santos Names Himself Treasurer Of His Marketing campaign

Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) put himself answerable for his present marketing campaign’s purse strings this week regardless of his current federal indictment over alleged monetary crimes associated to his final marketing campaign.

Santos, 34, listed himself as treasurer on paperwork filed with the Federal Election Fee (FEC) on Friday. He changed a person named Andrew Olson, a thriller determine whose handle was listed as the identical condominium constructing the place Santos’ sister was accused of owing $40,000 in unpaid lease.


Santos mentioned in an announcement that Olson had resigned and that he already discovered a brand new treasurer not named George Santos, however that he would reveal that particular person’s identify at a later date.

After his election in November, the freshman congressman immediately made a reputation for himself as an completed liar, having misrepresented key details about his employment file, academic file and private background.

He turned himself in to authorities at a Lengthy Island courthouse on Might 10 and pleaded not responsible. The 13 counts in opposition to him embody wire fraud, cash laundering, theft of public funds and mendacity to the U.S. Home.

He has refused to resign and maintains that he’ll run for reelection in 2024.

Prosecutors say that Santos used $25,000 in marketing campaign funds on luxurious gadgets for himself in 2022 and that he took $24,000 in emergency pandemic unemployment advantages from New York state whereas incomes a six-figure wage in Florida. He additionally allegedly misrepresented his private property on Home paperwork by hundreds of thousands of {dollars}.

Nonetheless, Santos defended his determination to helm his marketing campaign’s funds.

“On Friday, Might 19, I used to be correctly notified by my marketing campaign’s then Treasurer, Mr. Andrew Olson, of his resignation. I respect the work Andrew and his group have finished for the marketing campaign and respect his willingness to make sure a clean transition,” Santos wrote.

“To make sure compliance, upon the resignation, I used to be named as Treasurer. A treasurer should be appointed inside ten (10) days of the resignation of the earlier treasurer,” he continued, citing marketing campaign finance regulation.

“My intent is to function above reproach,” Santos mentioned. “We’ll proceed to construct our marketing campaign round professionals with material experience. I’ve retained the skilled providers of a brand new Treasurer to make sure the marketing campaign strikes ahead in compliance. FEC information will replicate the replace.”