Controversial Republican Caught Charging People Money
(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – George Santos, an incoming member of the House of Representatives, is offering people the chance to attend his swearing-in to Congress. While Santos was supposed to be sworn in earlier this week, the failure of the 118th Congress to vote for a Speaker after three rounds of voting meant that the ceremony was delayed.
Santos’s invitation prompts people to attend the ceremony for as much as $500. Following the release of the invitation many have been questioning whether the House’s ethical standards have been broken.
New York congressman Ritchie Torres (D) was the first one to post a photo of the invitation on Twitter on December 30. The invitation provided the option for people to attend Santos’ “swearing-in celebration” for $100 as a basic attendee or $500 as a VIP.
According to the invitation the package also included a “round trip bus from NY to DC, luncheon, swearing-in ceremony, & Team Santos Tour of Capitol Grounds.” The date of the swearing-in had also been noted as January 3, 2020.
Torres in his tweet said that Santos “is charging people for touring the U.S. Capitol and attending his Congressional swearing-in” further adding that Santos always finds a way to “violate Congressional ethics.”
Daniel Weiner, a former senior counsel at the Federal Elections Commission, said that the invitation was a “clear violation of House ethics rules.”
The House standards of conduct clearly state that members of the House should never use their “official position for personal gain, including any gain that would accrue to the individual in the form of compensation for outside employment activities.”
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