FEC: Rep. Santos' campaign 'violated federal campaign finance law' by not specifying sources of funding
The Federal Election Commission is claiming that Rep. George Santos' campaign "violated federal campaign finance laws" by not specifying the true sources of his campaign's funding.
It also calls into question how Santos loaned his campaign $705,000 when financial disclosure reports indicate he only had $55,000 to his name in 2020.
Saurav Ghosh, director for federal campaign finance reform at the Campaign Legal Center, says their agency began investigating Santos when reports surfaced of his soaring salary.
Campaign finance laws require all campaign donations to be documented as to who they are coming from.
"Voters have the right to know who is spending to influence election," Ghosh said.
The Campaign Legal Center accuses Santos of falsifying reports on 37 of his filings, which Ghosh says is more than candidates typically have.
Santos was sworn in last week and is already facing other investigations stemming from his admissions of lying about his qualifications and personal history.
News 12 attempted to go to Santos' district off to speak with someone on Monday, but it remains closed.
News 12 also attempted to call Santos' D.C. office to find out why they are not open. They said there was a safety issue that is being worked on.