Disgraced Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is backtracking on a previous claim that he loaned his campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal funds, according to documents filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission.
The Long Islander liar is not telling the government where the six-figure loan came from, only that it is not from his private nest egg, according to altered documents first reported by The Daily Beast.
Santos’ political team edited hundreds of pages of campaign finance reports. On a page of the new documents related to the $500,000 loan, the box indicating that the money was “applicant’s personal funds” was unchecked. The old file from September 2022 had the box checked for loan. Both old and new documents state that the loan came “from the candidate”.
Santos also revealed on Tuesday that a “candidate loan” of $125,000 did not come from “personal funds,” but did not say where the money came from or when the loan is due.
Santos, 34, who admitted last month to lying about his education, work history, religion and other details of his personal life, was already under federal investigation for loaning more than 700,000 $ to his 2022 campaign, although he reported a salary of just $55,000 as recently as 2020.
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He previously admitted to The Daily Beast that he used money from his sketchy consulting firm, Devolder Organization LLC, to fund his house run, a possible violation of campaign finance law.
Santos said in a Dec. 26 WABC radio interview that he loaned his campaign “the money that I paid myself through the Devolder organization.” Financial disclosures claim he received $750,000 in salary from the company as well as dividends valued at between $1 million and $5 million.
Earlier this month, the Campaign Legal Center watchdog group filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that Santos improperly used campaign funds for his personal expenses — and likely conspired with corporations, foreign governments or others to illegally fuel its successful 2022 House bid.
The group noted that dozens of Santos campaign expenses recorded as costing $199.99 — a penny below the $200 threshold for the FEC breakdown — were “statistically implausible” and said the newly sworn in GOP lawmaker had “deliberately falsified” his reports.
The group also alleged that Santos’ claims that he made millions from his “supposed” consulting business were “vague, unsubstantiated and not credible in light of his many previous lies”, and accused the business of being a front for illegal straw donors. .