Santos raises $162K in latest quarter, repays $85K to himself

Santos raises $162K in latest quarter, repays $85K to himself
The current layout of New York's 3rd Congressional District, which the Appellate Court ordered to be redrawn ahead of the 2024 election. (Map courtesy of the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment)

U.S. Rep. George Santos of the 3rd Congressional District raised $162,031.52 in the latest quarter for his re-election campaign, repaying $85,000 of the contributions to himself to partly cover over $700,000 in personal loans from previous congressional bids, according to the Federal Election Commission.

An amended filing report showed the indicted congressman is currently behind Democratic hopefuls–former two-term state Sen. Anna Kaplan, advocacy group co-founder Zak Malamed and Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan (D-Woodbury)–and Republican challenger Kellen Curry in fund-raising efforts for the quarter. 

Santos is currently being investigated by the House Ethics Committee and faces a 13-county federal indictment alleging multiple counts of wire fraud and money laundering, among other things. 

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in a June court appearance.

If convicted of the top charges, Santos could face up to 20 years in prison.

Santos reported having approximately $86,500 cash on hand and $630,000 in debt owed to the previous loans for the quarterly period. 

Kaplan, of Great Neck, reported raising $455,060.98 for the quarter, which included $190,000 for her own campaign. Kaplan finished the quarter with $389,839.77 cash on hand.

Malamed, of Great Neck, reported raising $417,945.52 with $322,101.61 cash on hand after announcing his campaign in May. 

Lafazan, who came in third for the seat’s Democratic primary in 2022, reported $202,290.35 with $381,613.28 cash on hand for the period. Lafazan is also running for re-election in the county this year and reported raising $345,303 in the previous quarter from January to March. 

Curry, a Queens resident who lives just outside the 3rd District, reported raising $200,725 with $164,881 cash on hand. 

Democrats Scott Livingston and William Murphy raised $97,595 and $47,017.84, respectively, according to their disclosure reports. 

Other candidates who have filed to run, including Democrats Darius Radzius and Steve Behar and Independent Matthew Nappo Jr., did not report any funds raised for the quarter. 

Kaplan, who represented the state’s 7th Senate District from 2019-2022, is an Iranian immigrant whose parents sent her to the United States for her safety and was an active member of the Great Neck community before her time in government. She was elected to serve the Town of North Hempstead’s 4th District as a councilwoman in 2011.

In 2016, she sought election to the House of Representatives but lost to current Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) in the Democratic primary. Kaplan defeated former Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips in 2018 to represent the 7th Senate District. 

In 2022, she lost to Republican Jack Martins, who previously served the 7th Senate District.

Malamed, 29, is the co-founder of an advocacy group called The Next 50. He has combatted gun violence, working with former state Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and speaking at a variety of rallies and school events.

At the age of 23, Lafazan became Nassau County’s youngest-ever legislator upon his election to the Nassau County Legislature in November 2017.

Curry is an Afghanistan war veteran and former vice president at J.P. Morgan. He completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan and currently serves in the Air Force Reserves, according to his campaign website.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2009, Curry was on active duty for eight years, delivering cybersecurity technology to the military.

He served as a vice president for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Banking Division from 2019-2023.

He has an MBA from George Washington University School of Business and a Master of Science in Sports Business.

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