'This will not end well for you.' Congressman calls for campaign finance probe of Rep. Santos

Rep. Ritchie Torres joined Concerned Citizens of District 3 to say Santos defrauded his way to Congress and because of that has no business being there.

News 12 Staff

Jan 17, 2023, 10:25 AM

Updated 548 days ago

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The investigation into Rep. George Santos could soon involve his campaign finance practice.
Rep. Ritchie Torres joined Concerned Citizens of District 3, the area Santos represents, for a news conference early Tuesday. The group came together to say Santos defrauded his way to Congress and because of that has no business being there.
Since Santos says he will not resign, Torres announced that he is sending a letter to the Federal Election Commission to ask them to investigate just how Santos obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign.
"The web of incestuous relationships surrounding the entities associated with George Santos is not only cause for suspicion, but it is ground for an investigation," Torres said.
When it comes to Santos' campaign wallet, Torres said things don't add up and there isn't the required paper trail.
The LLC that raised his campaign funds lists the managing officer as an organization owned by Santos.
Torres said this likely means Santos either illegally coordinated with an independent expenditure or he illegally received campaign contributions through a pass-through, possibly breaking federal campaign finance laws.
"The answer to the question of where the money came from, how the money flowed from one entity to the next to the coffers of Mr. Santos' campaign is slowly but surely revealing itself. My message to Mr. Santos is simple, this will not end well for you. You should resign," says Torres.
Additionally, Torres explained that there was no public accounting for where the money went and how it was spent.
News 12 reached out to Santos for comment and has not heard back.


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