A Santos Fundraiser rep posed as McCarthy’s aide to get money from donors

A Santos Fundraiser rep posed as McCarthy’s aide to get money from donors

A Santos Fundraiser rep posed as McCarthy’s aide to get money from donors

  • According to CNBC, a fundraiser for George Santos allegedly posed as Kevin McCarthy’s chief of staff.
  • He is accused of impersonating the House Speaker’s chief counsel in telephone calls and e-mails to wealthy donors.
  • According to FEC documents, the fundraiser was funded by the Santos campaign with nearly $100,000.

According to CNBC, a fundraiser for Congressman George Santos allegedly posed as the chief of staff of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in order to raise money from wealthy donors.

Sam Miele, who worked for the Santos campaign, is said to have impersonated Dan Meyer, who has served as McCarthy’s chief of staff since 2019, during phone calls to donors during the 2020 and 2022 election cycles. CNBC.

The Washington Times was the first to report the impersonation allegation last month when it said a fundraiser allegedly posing as Meyer had also used a fake email address to send follow-up emails to donors.

The source, a New York GOP agent who has not released his name, told The Washington Times that McCarthy’s associates first became aware of the allegations after a GOP donor labeled contact with McCarthy’s alleged aide as “remarkable” in August 2021

According to CNBC, the Santos campaign paid Miele nearly $50,000 for a fundraiser during the legislator’s unsuccessful 2020 run for Congress. Miele also received over $42,000 in the 2022 cycle according to CNBC, according to Federal Elections Commission data.

Santos’ lawyer, Joe Murray, told CNBC that Miele was “fired about a year ago.”

Meyer, McCarthy’s office, and the Santos campaign did not immediately respond to Insider requests for comment.

Brendan Fischer, Deputy Executive Director of Watchdog Documented, and Robert Maguire, Chief Operating Officer of Watchdog Documented.

“An individual who falsely identified himself as speaking on behalf of a candidate to raise money may have committed a crime, and any other person who knowingly and voluntarily participated in the scheme could also be prosecuted,” Fischer said in an email. for CNBC.

The allegation comes as Santos, who is under fire for embellishing much of his resume, is increasingly the subject of complaints about campaign finance violations.

Insider reported that End Citizens United, a left-leaning advocacy group, filed complaints with the Office of Ethics of Congress, the Department of Justice and the FEC on Monday. On the same day, American Bridge also filed a complaint with the OCE, arguing that Santos had falsified its financial disclosures.

The unbiased Campaign Legal Center (CLC) also filed a complaint with the FEC on Monday, alleging that Santos and its 2022 campaign violated campaign finance laws by engaging in a “straw donor program.”

It was recently revealed that Santos had fabricated key details about his education, employment and religious background.

Local, state, federal and international authorities are currently investigating the controversial Republican lawmaker.

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