Lying Rep. George Santos’ campaign replaced the New York Republican’s longtime treasurer on Wednesday with a man who says he didn’t agree to take the job, according to a report.
New filings with the Federal Election Commission name Thomas Datwyler as the treasurer of Santos’ campaign and six political committees aligned with the embattled representative, the New York Times reports.
However, a lawyer for Datwyler said Wednesday that Santos’ team listed him as treasurer without his authorization.
“On Monday, we informed the Santos campaign that Mr. Datwyler would not be taking over as treasurer,” Datwyler’s lawyer, Derek Ross, told the news outlet. “And there appears to be some disconnect between that conversation and this filing.”
Datwyler previously worked alongside Santos’ chief of staff, Charles Lovett, on the failed Senate campaign of Ohio Republican Josh Mandel. Datwyler was replaced as treasurer on the Mandel campaign and accused by Mandel’s team in a letter to the FEC of being responsible for a “stunning number of inexplicable reporting errors,” according to the New York Times.
It’s unclear why the Santos campaign is replacing former treasurer Nancy Marks, who has been involved with Santos since his first congressional run in 2020 and worked as treasurer for former New York GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin’s failed campaign for governor.
On Wednesday, Santos’ team amended several campaign finance documents to show that a $500,000 loan he made to his 2022 congressional campaign didn’t come from “personal funds of the candidate.” It is unknown where those funds he lent his campaign came from.
Santos is facing pressure to resign from his congressional seat after his admission to The Post last month that he lied about graduating college and working for top investment firms.
He is currently under investigation at the federal, state, and county level, reportedly over hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans made to his campaign coming off a job where he reported earning $55,000 a year in salary.