George Santos may have finally found a way to make an honest living that still makes him feel like the true “icon” that he is. The freshly expelled US congressman has launched a career on Cameo, a video message platform that lets users pay for personalized videos from their favorite celebrities.
Santos made his debut at $75 per video on Monday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon, the price was already up to $350 a pop due to a surge in demand before he took a break in the evening, presumably to clear up some backlog. Prices then jumped even higher after that to $680 a piece as the former politician works to find a way to cover his $174,000 salary at the House — and of course, his mounting legal bills.
The former congressman is facing 23 felony counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, false statements, falsification of records, aggravated identity theft, and credit card fraud. And while he pleaded not guilty to all charges, ever so bold, Santos makes allusions to the crimes he’s charged with on the videos he makes on Cameo.
In this video, he tells the recipients that senders Joe and Julie want them to “spend money on themselves,” and proceeds to suggest “it could be anything from Botox to luxury goods of any kind — like a trip to Hermès or makeup from Sephora,” he adds, “or a subscription to OnlyFans.”
His indictment outlines how he repeatedly charged his donors’ credit cards without their consent, channeling the funds towards his own bank account, and spending them most notoriously on Botox, luxury goods, and OnlyFans.
He isn’t just making videos for Joes and Julies either. On Monday afternoon, Senator John Fetterman (D-Pa) shared a video he requested for his “ethically-challenged colleague” Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
“I approached a seasoned expert on the matter to give ‘Bobby from Jersey’ some advice,” Fetterman said on X with Cameo video message.
“Hey Bobby. … Look, I don’t need to tell you, but these people that want to make you get in trouble and want to kick you out and make you run away — you make ’em put up or shut up. You stand your ground, sir,” Santos says. “And don’t get bogged down by all the haters out there. Stay strong. Merry Christmas.”
The Pennsylvania Democrat has been calling for Menendez to resign, and has said that the allegations against the New Jersey Democrat are “more sinister” than the charges against Santos.
Menendez, already facing corruption charges, was hit with allegations of acting as a foreign agent for Egypt. This more recent indictment contends that Menendez and his wife, Nadine, provided “sensitive US government information” that benefitted the Egyptian government.
Fetterman was sneaky about the Cameo request, too. It appears Santos had no idea who the “Bobby from Jersey” recipient was. “I wish I knew the Bobby in question!” he later posted.
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