Former GOP Rep. George Santos joins Cameo app, charges $400 for a video


Former Republican lawmaker George Santos has quickly found a way to make more money than he made as a politician.

Since his expulsion from Congress earlier this month, the embattled ex-house member turned to Cameo, an app where celebrities and even disgraced public figures can charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars to record short, personal video messages.

Santos, whose profile on the app calls himself a “Former congressional ‘icon’!” along with a painted fingernail emoji and describing himself as “The Expelled Member of Congress from New York City,” currently charges $400 per video.

Santos has raised his rate since he first appeared on the platform on Monday, Cameo founder and CEO Steven Galanis told CBS MoneyWatch. “When he first came, he had priced himself at $75 because he had no one to help him. He limited his available amount to 150 and sold out immediately,” he said.

Santos still faces nearly two dozen federal charges of conspiracy, fraud, aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud.

On Cameo, which was founded six years ago, more than 50,000 artists set their own prices. Fans can purchase videos to send to friends as gifts for any occasion. By comparison, actor Jim Belushi charges $100 per video, while actor and SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher charges $999.

Santos gradually raised his price, which is now set at $400 for a video that can take as little as a minute to record.

According to Galanis, Santos has booked enough Cameo videos to earn six figures, topping the $174,000 salary he earned as a member of Congress.

“Assuming he can get through the videos, he’s going to surpass what he did in Congress last year. He’s been booked to that extent — he still needs to do the work,” Galanis said. “The response has been amazing and he’s getting even more popular as the days go by.”

Galanis attributes Santos’ success not only to the avalanche of recent media coverage, albeit negative, but also to the quality of his videos. “He’s so in the news right now, and the people who have done the best in Cameo’s history have been in the zeitgeist of the moment,” Galanis said.

George Santos shoots short videos on Cameo that charges $400 per video.

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Fans who had come after a video from Santos seemed pleased, posting comments such as: “This is gold! Hope you enjoy your new gig” and “Great job – quick turnaround and great quality that exceeded my expectations” on Santos’ profile .

Late. John Fetterman is among Santos’ clients. Campaign officials for the Pennsylvania Democrat paid Santos to shoot a Cameo video trolling Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey. In the video, Santos tells “Bobby” not to get “snobbed by all the haters out there.”

Fetterman has called Menendez, who the Justice Department has charged of conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Egypt, to resign. Menendez has refused to do so.

Unemployed actors turned to the platform for quick cash during the SAG-AFTRA strike. Signups for the app were up 137% in July, Galanis told CBS MoneyWatch at the time.


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