A second watchdog group has followed the Checks & Balances Project (C&BP) in filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., and his campaign treasurer connected to potentially false statements in his campaign accounts.
The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) filed its complaint Jan. 9, claiming that Santos hid did the true source of campaign and illegal spent money donated to his campaign.
The CLC complaint followed C&BP’s December 29 complaint, which cited the $705,000 allegedly lent by Santos to his 2002 campaign – as well as other financial disclosure reports that showed that Santos had only a fraction of that mount in assets.
Starting on Dec. 19, The New York Times and other news organizations have published multiple reports about the variety of lies Santos told about his education, business relationships and family relationships during his 2022 campaign. On Wednesday, the Times published an article about the lies Santos told Long Island Republican leaders in 2020 and included a copy of the fake resume he gave them.
Santos has acknowledged many of those lied, but he has not commented on many of the alleged financial misstatements. Some reports have shown the Santos campaign has filed hundreds of finance statements that showed $199.99 in payments, the maximum statements allowed without receipts.
Meanwhile, two Democratic House members from New York, Ritchie Torres and Daniel Goldman, filed official complaints with the House Ethics Committee against Santos, and a series of local Republican officials, including a fellow House member, have called on Santos to resign.