Hey George Santos, where did it all go?

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If you want to know whether a political office holder is viable for reelection, one big clue is to look at their fundraising. For instance Kyrsten Sinema’s fundraising haul in the most recent quarter is so small that it’s fair to conclude she no longer has a constituency and is toast. Then there’s George Santos, which is… something else.

Just how bad of a fundraising haul can you have? What if someone had a negative fundraising quarter? That shouldn’t be possible, given that it means people “gave” you a negative amount of money. But that’s precisely what George Santos has now managed to pull off.

Because George Santos has had to refund so many fraudulent donations in the wake of being indicted for stealing his donors’ credit cards, his fundraising total for the most recent quarter was negative $16,526. To be clear, this doesn’t mean he spent $16,526 more than he brought in. It means that his donation income was negative $16,526 to begin with, before his expenses pushed it even further into the red.

Keep in mind that if there’s any further funny business going on here, George Santos is not getting away with any of it. He keeps getting hit with even more criminal charges, and that trend will continue as needed. If Santos is indeed doing anything fraudulent with his current fundraising, he’ll be charged with that as well – and that could also be grounds for revoking his bail.

In the meantime, the big story here is that just about no one is donating to George Santos’ 2024 “campaign.” That’s because no one supports him anymore, and because no one believes he’s actually going to be a viable candidate in 2024, given that he’ll be in prison and all.

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