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Some federal insiders aren’t buying Republican-elect George Santos’ apology that dozens of odd $199.99 campaign expenses he filed were the result of a “database” error.
The Republican-elect from Long Island has come under a firestorm of criticism and investigations from both the Nassau County district attorney and federal prosecutors after it clears to The Post about making up key details of his personal and professional life.
More revelations came this week, including that Santos’ campaign committee recorded 37 expenditures between April 2021 and February 2022 — each totaling exactly $199.99. The figure is one cent below the minimum amount for which federal law requires receipts.
Rooms at the Hyatt Orlando and W Hotel South Beach and office supplies at Staples and Target were among the curious $199.99 spend. There were also Ubers, plane flights, Amtrak tickets, parking at JFK, and food at The Little Neck, Queens restaurant Il Bacco Ristorante.
The Santos camp blamed problems with documents.
“This reporting issue is the result of a database error and the amendments were filed with the FEC. We believe accurate information was provided to the FEC,” a Santos campaign representative emailed The Post.
But the purchases and their outlandish prices remain publicly visible on the Federal Election Commission’s website.
“I don’t believe it,” Anne Ravel, a former FEC chairwoman, said of Santos’ explanation. “There are too many expenses for the $199 that was submitted.
“If they had provided a corrective filing to the FEC to change it, and if the FEC agreed that it was an error in the database, the FEC would have already changed the website,” she said.
Christian Hillard, an FEC spokesman, added that “all amended transactions and filings by the commissions will be reflected in the data via the FEC website.”
Santos’ biggest donors in New York are taking a wait-and-see approach to the growing scandal.
“It’s complicated. I’m still sorting out my feelings,” said Josh Eisen, a businessman who has given the maximum $2,900 in contributions to both Santos’ primary campaign and his general election fund. “Given the weight of Congress, I I certainly hope that one of these many prosecutors will be able to inform the people of how we should feel before he is sworn in.’
John Katsimatidis, the billionaire owner of Gristedes supermarkets, offered to cut Santos a $2,900 check reluctantly. “My daughter had a fundraiser for him and I always support daughters,” he said.
Katz said the Santos situation has left him “a little dizzy,” but he’s “taking the position of letting the whole truth come out. Let the US Attorney do his job and let’s find out the truth.
Santos also listed expenses well north of $199, including more than $1,000 for clothing at Brooks Brothers. Another $713 went to “food and beverage” for an event at The Breakers, an ultra-luxury hotel in Palm Beach.
Santos also wined and dined his donors at some of the hippest places in New York and Washington, including Il Mulino and Joe’s Stone Crab, taking down $660 and $710, respectively, FEC forms show.
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