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George Santos spent campaign funds on OnlyFans, Botox, and Hermes, ethics report finds

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George Santos spent campaign funds on OnlyFans, Botox, and Hermes, ethics report finds
  • Rep. George Santos used campaign money on some... interesting personal expenses.
  • According to a new House ethics report, he used funds for OnlyFans, Hermes, Botox, and Sephora.

Rep. George Santos used his congressional campaign money for extensive self-care, according to a damning new report from the House ethics committee.

According to the report, Santos solicited donors for money that he ultimately spent on personal expenses, including subscriptions to the porn influencer platform OnlyFans, Sephora, Botox, and a $4,127.80 purchase at Hermes.

The money, according to bank records obtained by House Ethics investigators, came from a corporate entity called Redstone Strategies, which Santos controlled.

The New York Republican claimed Redstone — which was not registered with the Federal Elections Commission — was used to help his 2022 congressional campaign.

But House investigators found he sent money to his personal checking account and spent it on himself.

"The funds were used to, among other things: pay down personal credit card bills and other debt; make a $4,127.80 purchase at Hermes; and for smaller purchases at OnlyFans; Sephora; and for meals and for parking," the report says.

Based on the bank records made public by the House Ethics Committee, Business Insider could not identify which OnlyFans creators Santos subscribed to. Santos did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the subject.

Before Santos was spending tens of thousands of dollars on personal expenses and luxury goods, he had appeared to be in financial trouble, the report suggests.

In April 2022, Santos's personal checking account had a balance of only $136.93, according to bank records included in the ethics report.

He texted a donor asking for $6,000 "ASAP," which he said would be spent on campaign advertising, and claimed he meant to ask about it earlier.

"Sorry I've been so frazzled I sat on this like a dum dum," Santos texted the donor.

Shortly after Santos received the $6,000, he transferred $5,000 to his personal account to pay his bills, according to the report. Investigators said they found no evidence any of the money was spent on advertising.

Santos also used his campaign's credit card for travel on his honeymoon, spa services, and cosmetic procedures, according to the report.

"For example, during the 2020 campaign, a $1,500 purchase on the campaign debit card was made at Mirza Aesthetics; this expense was not reported to the FEC and was noted as 'Botox' in expense spreadsheets," the report says.

Santos said that, following the report's release, he would no longer seek reelection in 2024.

Some of the personal expenses are alluded to in a federal fraud and campaign finance indictment against Santos, which is scheduled to go to trial in September 2024.

The indictment alleges he embezzled campaign funds for luxury goods and other personal uses.

Santos has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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