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While other Republicans return Santos donations, Molinaro does not

Jan 12, 2023 1:01 pm

Roger Hannigan Gilson reports in the Times Union that at least three New York Republicans who received political contributions from new Long Island Rep. George Santos are returning the cash, but Marc Molinaro is not one of them. Santos is under several investigations for a mountain of lies about his personal life, family, and campaign financial accounts. Santos loaned his campaign more than $700,000 when he reported only $55,000 in assets in 2020, and then donated $12,000 to at least a dozen Republican candidates. So far at least three Republicans -- Rep. Anthony D'Esposito, Nassau County Comptroller Elaine Phillips, and Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney -- have returned the donations, but Molinaro, who received $1,000, has not. Molinaro just began representing the 19th Congressional District, which includes Greene and Columbia counties. Molinaro released a statement saying only, "I came to Congress to be upstate New York’s voice in Congress.... The revelations from my colleague are disappointing and distract from the important work ahead of us. He must deal directly with his constituents — openly, and unflaggingly honestly. I learned a long time ago — as a kid mayor — be honest and transparent, they deserve no less.” On Jan. 9 the Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint about Santos with the Federal Election Commission, accusing Santos of illegally using campaign funds to pay personal expenses and of concealing the source of more than $700,000 that the New York Republican loaned his campaign. Many New York Republicans have called for Santos to resign, but Molinaro has not. Read more about this story in the Times Union.

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