Ocasio-Cortez Scandal: AOC's Aide Funneling $1M Into Private Accounts, Watchdog Claims

Ocasio-Cortez Scandal: AOC's Aide Funneling $1M Into Private Accounts, Watchdog Claims

First son Eric Trump referred to outspoken, democratic socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as "absolutely crazy" in a Fox News Radio interview on Tuesday in which he defended himself and his family against a mounting probe by Democrats.

The complaint states that the Policy Center "has found reason to believe [the] Respondents knowingly and willfully violated 2 U.S.C. 434 (b)(5)(A)", a provision of US campaign finance law that requires the treasurer of any registered political committee to report the name and address of anyone who receives more than $200 in campaign-related spending from that committee, along with the dates and objective of that spending. "The ONLY way to do work for multiple candidates legally at this scale is to create an LLC and act as a vendor", the group said.

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a conservative government watchdog, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) which alleges that Chakrabarti siphoned more than $885 thousand in contributions from donors, to political action committees (PACs), and then into private companies under the guise of "strategic consulting".

Large financial transfers from PACs to private companies are technically legal, however the NLPC claims that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti attempted to orchestrate this "extensive off-the-books operation" in order to dodge Congressionally-mandated contribution reporting requirements. The corporation, Brand New Congress LLC, is owned by Saikat Chakrabarti, her now-chief of staff. Ocasio-Cortez's congressional campaign also reportedly paid Chakrabarti's company an additional $18,880 in 2017 for consulting.

Some suggested the complaint could indicate hypocrisy from Democrats who have railed against "dark money" in politics. "If the PACs and campaigns were required to provide additional information on subvendor payments made by Brand New Congress LLC, it would have done so", Mitrani said.

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In their statement, attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez explained that Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC were one and the same entity, and that Brand New Campaign LLC had simply changed its name to Brand New Congress LLC.

Federal Election Commission officials said this week that they were barred by agency rules from commenting on any matters pending before the commission.

He linked to a video clip in which he explained the idea behind this "new set-up" of a "unified" national campaign to elect congressional progressives to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Ocasio-Cortez shamed the Democrats for going along with the "Republican maneuver" to add a "poison pill" minutes before they are set to vote on the bill. So, we were transparent about it from the start, ' he said.

'None of that makes any sense, ' former FEC lawyer Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center told the publication.

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