George Santos, US House of Representatives member from New York’s 3rd district, has been in the news quite a bit recently with alleged questions about his background, where he has worked, and his finances.
I am interested in his financial disclosures related to travel. The Federal Election Commission threshold for campaigns to keep receipts is $200.
Rep. Santos has over 35 expenses valued at exactly $199.99 which is barely inside the legal limit for needing to submit a receipt.
Using his public disclosures, we can piece together some typical travel.
13 October 2021
He stayed at the W Hotel South Beach for $199.99 and ate at a Miami Diner for $199.99.
15 October 2021
Ate at the Seadside Grill in Florida for, you guessed it, $199.99.
18 October 2021
Supplies purchased at Walgreens for $199.99. He took an Uber in California for $199.99. Presumably he flew to JFK as he then paid a parking fee at JFK Parking for $199.99 and purchased a Clear Membership for $199.99 at JFK.
With purchases on Amtrak, American Airlines, Delta, Clear, and Uber multiple times for $199.99, Rep. George Santos and his campaign successfully avoided the need to submit receipts for those purchases per the law. Greater transparency on campaign spending is always welcome regardless of political party.