Lee Zeldin ditches campaign treasurer he shared with liar George Santos
Former Rep. Lee Zeldin announced Monday that he was creating a new political action committee without Nancy Marks, the longtime treasurer he shared with disgraced Rep. George Santos.
“We will be announcing a new federal PAC that is being implemented right now using a different treasurer,” Zeldin (R-NY) said at the New York State Conservative Party Political Action Conference in Albany, New York.
Marks notified the Federal Election Commission last week that she had resigned from the Santos (R-NY) campaign and its affiliated political committees. His announcement came a week after the Santos campaign named a replacement who says he has not agreed to take the job amid the discovery of numerous campaign finance irregularities which appear to have caught the attention of the public. federal investigators.
“Treasurer has something like close to 200 different accounts,” Zeldin said, according to Politico, distancing himself from Marks.
“Our interaction was through Marks’ daughters,” Zeldin added, acknowledging that his children attend the same Long Island school as Marks.
Marks has served as Zeldin’s campaign treasurer since his election in 2010 to represent parts of Suffolk County in the New York State Senate. She was recently named treasurer for her failed 2022 campaign for governor of New York.
Marks did not respond to The Post’s requests for comment.
Santos’ campaign finance revelations have come under intense scrutiny since he admitted to the Post in December that he lied on nearly all of his resume while on the campaign trail.
A watchdog group called the many campaign expenses recorded as costing $199.99 — a penny below the $200 threshold for the FEC breakdown — “statistically implausible” and a sign of “deliberately falsified” reports.
A relative of the Queens-based Long Island Republican was ‘stunned’ when Mother Jones said last week they were listed as having donated two $2,900 to the Santos campaign, denying making the donations.
Santos’ team altered several campaign finance documents last month to show that a $500,000 loan he gave to his 2022 Congressional campaign did not come from the “candidate’s personal funds.” It is unclear where the funds he lent to his campaign came from.
The flurry of campaign activity came as a lawyer for Thomas Datwyler, the man the Santos campaign named as its new treasurer last month, said the Santos team had named him treasurer without his permission.
The Justice Department has reportedly asked the FEC not to press charges against Santos as it continues its criminal investigation into the disgraced lawmaker.
Advice sent by the DOJ’s Public Integrity Section indicates that federal prosecutors may focus their investigation of Santos on his campaign finances.