George Santos filed false campaign reports inflating his fundraising figures to garner national GOP support, prosecutors say

Republican Rep. George Santos of New York outside the Capitol on September 29, 2023.

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Prosecutors allege in a new filing that Santos filed false campaign finance reports to the FEC.
It was apparently an effort to qualify for the House GOP campaign arm’s “Young Guns” program.
The feds also say he reported loaning $500,000 to the campaign even though he didn’t have the money.

Republican Rep. George Santos of New York falsely inflated his campaign’s fundraising figures in order to garner support from the national party apparatus, federal prosecutors said in a new filing on Thursday.

The new information emerged as the scandal-plagued congressman’s treasurer, Nancy Marks, pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Prosecutors alleged in the filing that Santos and Marks filed false campaign finance reports to the Federal Election Committee in the year before he was elected to Congress, including by reporting a loan from Santos himself that prosecutors say he “did not have the funds necessary to make.”

There has been much speculation as to where Santos, who’s faced numerous evictions, was able to garner the funds necessary to make roughly $700,000 in loans to his campaign. The filing suggests that the loans never took place.

Additionally, Santos and Marks reported non-existent $5,800 loans from several of Santos’ family members, according to prosecutors.

All of this was, prosecutors say, part of an attempt to qualify for the second phase of a program that provided “financial and logistical support” to Republican congressional candidates — presumably a program run by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Santos’ lawyer, Joseph Murray, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. His congressional office does not comment on legal matters.

 

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