Grifters Gotta Grift
Guys, if you can believe it, it seems that Spurious George might be a crook. Shocking, I know.
Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., has spent his campaign money in plenty of conspicuous ways, from lavish hotel stays in Las Vegas and Palm Beach, Florida, to an unusual slew of payments for exactly $199.99 — 2 cents below the threshold where receipts would be required.
But deep within Santos’ campaign filings, The New York Times found another eye-catching number: $365,399.08 in unexplained spending, with no record of where it went or for what purpose.
My guess? Kitare R.
Without explanations for each expenditure in the reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, it’s impossible to determine if Santos spent campaign funds on legitimate election-related purposes.
The credulity in that paragraph defies belief.
Election law experts said that the $365,000 in unexplained expenses was not necessarily illegal but suggested a pattern of remarkable sloppiness, if not an attempt to cover up improper spending that violated campaign finance laws.
Sure, politicians have been skimming off the top before, but more than a third of a million of missing Ameros is maybe illegal? That’s the real crime here: we have elections awash in money, little oversight, and nearly no enforcement. Hair Füror has been grifting that for years, and Milli-Brazilli knows a rube when he sees one.
To paraphrase Everett Dirksen (who never actually said this)
“A third of a million here, a third of a million there, pretty soon it starts adding up to real money!”
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This is the kind of shit that happens when your political party doesn’t care about governing, doesn’t care about the citizenry and only cares about power, the acquiring and keeping of it.
This is also the kind of thing that happens when your media is more concerned about access than they are about actually doing the work of reporting.