Report from The Daily Beast shows Rep. George Santos (R-NY) accepted what looks to be an illegal donation in September 2022 from a foreign national named Rocco Oppedisano.
Note – it’s illegal to accept campaign donations from foreign nationals. Period.
EXCLUSIVE: Rep. George Santos took an almost certainly illegal donation from an Italian national and confessed smuggler of undocumented immigrants—who also happens to be the blood relative of some of his closest local supporters and campaign vendors.https://t.co/G0JKHpTFAM
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 11, 2023
Also, in 2019, Oppedisano was caught trying to smuggle undocumented immigrants into the U.S. from the Bahamas despite having been expelled from the country in January 2019.
When stopped by the Coast Guard, he initially claimed no one was aboard. But when Customs and Border Patrol agents searched the yacht more than 14 undocumented migrants were found plus $200,000 hidden in the walls of the bedroom.
Oppedisano was charged with smuggling the immigrants and trying to re-enter the U.S. illegally. As part of a plea agreement, he eventually pleaded guilty just the smuggling.
Oh, and that same man is related to some of Santos’s closest local supporters and campaign vendors.
NY Republican Rep. George Santos took a campaign contribution from Rocco Oppedisano which is illegal because Oppedisano is not a U.S. citizen. Oppedisano is an Italian national and a smuggler.https://t.co/xMzInnUWfT pic.twitter.com/wxjPXM3EcU
— Karl Gehring (@karlgehring) January 11, 2023
From The Daily Beast:
The gift from Rocco Oppedisano—expelled from the U.S. in January 2019, and who was subsequently intercepted piloting a yacht packed with unauthorized migrants and $200,000 in cash toward Florida—was just one facet of the support the freshman Republican and immigration hardliner received from the Queens-based clan that controls upscale eatery Il Bacco.
Santos has been unabashed about his affection for the restaurant and his affinity for its owners, Rocco Oppedisano’s brother Joseph and niece Tina.
The campaign, already known for its suspect money maneuvers, also spent $25,443.64 at Il Bacco since the Republican launched his first run for his Long Island-Queens seat in 2020, according to federal campaign finance records. The campaign further reported owing Il Bacco $18,773.54 for its election night party in November.
Santos’s campaign filed numerous expenditures at Il Bacco at the low, low price of $199.99 – exactly one cent below the threshold that would require the campaign to retain a receipt/documentation of the transaction.
There is, of course, much more. Read the full report here.
George Santos claimed to be one of the first people in the US diagnosed with COVID-19. That looks to be bogus too. https://t.co/Z0ngvRzAYj
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) January 12, 2023
A fifth New York House Republican is calling on George Santos to resign: Rep. Mike Lawler.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 12, 2023
George Santos says he has “lived an honest life” in the same breath as a refusal to answer questions about where the money he used to give himself more than 700k in campaign loans came from. pic.twitter.com/AU1fSqLvSK
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) January 12, 2023