Del. Michael San Nicolas posted on Facebook late Friday evening that the timing of the filing of a complaint against him with the Guam Election Commission was orchestrated so he wouldn't be able to respond to it right away.

The complaint, accusing San Nicolas of illegally spending campaign contributions, was filed by his former top aide and ex-campaign chairman, John Paul Manuel. It was filed close to 5 p.m. Friday.

"We have not received a copy of this complaint. Again it is clearly orchestrated to cause maximum political damage by being filed at 5 p.m. on a Friday – 3 a.m. in D.C. – so we are unable to receive a copy to review and comment," San Nicolas posted on his Facebook page.

He added: "All allegations of my wrongdoing are baseless and we will reveal this over the course of any due process."

No further comment was posted, and he hasn't responded to The Guam Daily Post's requests for comment since he was accused of having hired a woman – with whom he's alleged to have had an affair – as one of his key congressional staffers. 

San Nicolas initially filed campaign disclosures with the Federal Election Commission. And when the GEC noted recently that San Nicolas didn't file his congressional campaign disclosures with the GEC, a representative for San Nicolas, Jennifer Winn, submitted photocopies to the GEC of his filing with the FEC.

The complaint with the GEC accused San Nicolas of having received a $10,000 donation from a member of the Guam Korean Chamber of Commerce without disclosing the full amount. A businessman with the same name is listed as a donor to San Nicolas' campaign in 2018, but the donation was for $1,000.

"Mr. San Nicolas conducted multiple small-dollar fundraisers to circumvent the rule that requires campaigns to issue receipts and keep records of contributions of more than $250. A chat conveying the transaction is attached here as attachment C," the complaint states.

Manuel alleged in his complaint that San Nicolas also forged the signature of his father, who is a campaign official, to draw money from his campaign's bank account.

The complaint also accused San Nicolas of paying personal expenses with his credit card and then using campaign funds to pay off his credit card balances.

"To conceal the activities ... Mr. San Nicolas kept his FEC campaign finance records vague. Often, he disbursed campaign funds to himself and intentionally did not identify a purpose as those forms required," the complaint alleges. 

U.S. Congress rules bar lawmakers from having affairs with staffers employed in their office. 

The House Ethics Committee and Investigation Subcommittee haven't responded to requests for comment.


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