FEC orders Santos to declare his 2024 candidacy or stop post-midterm fundraising
Rep. George Santos' finances are back in the spotlight as the money he's raised since the midterms are attracting attention from federal officials.
The Federal Election Commission is now ordering Rep. George Santos to officially declare that he is running for reelection in 2024. Santos' FEC filings show that he's raised and spent tens of thousands of dollars since the midterms - triggering the commission's $5,000 requirement for a statement of candidacy.
Santos has until March 14 to comply.
Meanwhile, House Democrats filed a resolution to get Santos out of office. Long Island Republican Reps. Nick LaLota and Anthony D'Esposito say they would support the measure.
Santos has repeatedly said that he has no plans to step down despite admitting to multiple lies and embellishments.
When asked about them in an interview on Newsmax he responded, “Look Greg. I would've never have gotten the nomination from Nassau GOP if I hadn't gone to college. That was really the main driver. Because of the nature of their politics over there, it's plain and simple. So, I made that bad decision. To say that I deceived, and it was a campaign of deceit and deception is just not fair - that's just the political spin the Nassau County GOP wants to create this narrative," said Santos.
This comes as new details come out about criminal charges against Santos.
CNN is reporting that Santos was charged with theft in Pennsylvania. Prosecutors say several bad checks written in his name went to dog breeders in Amish County. Sources tell News 12 that the FBI is already investigating a veteran's claims that Santos stole thousands of dollars raised for his dying service dog.