Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff accused of hiding more than $1 million in campaign cash

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Follow up on the story from another source. Lookin bad for AOC!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide illegally funneled more than $1 million in campaign donations to two companies he owned, according to a complaint filed Monday with the Federal Elections Commission.

Saikat Chakrabarti set up Brand New Congress PAC to collect and bundle donations for newbie politicians including Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. He then diverted more than $1 million into two of his companies that did campaign work, skirting reporting requirements, said the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center.

“These are not minor or technical violations. We are talking about real money here,” said Tom Anderson, director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project. “In all my years of studying FEC reports, I’ve never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements.”

He added that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, “has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure.”

The PAC money went to Mr. Chakrabarti’s Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC, entities that unlike PACs and candidate campaigns do not have to report or itemize their spending.

The Ocasio-Cortez campaign also was paying Brand New Congress LLC for “strategic consulting.”

Mr. Chakrabarti, a Silicon Valley tech millionaire who delved into far-left politics, was instrumental in the long-shot win for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez win over veteran politician Rep. Joseph Crowley and was rewarded with the chief of staff job.

Another FEC complaint by filed last week by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation alleged Brand New Congress PAC was involved in a scheme to funnel money to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s live-in boyfriend, Riley Roberts.

At the same time Mr. Roberts, a 29-year-old web developer, received payments totaling $6,0000 as a “marketing consultant” for the PAC, the Ocasio-Cortez campaign was paying Brand New Congress LLP for strategic consulting.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti hit with FEC complaint
 
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Follow up on the story from another source. Lookin bad for AOC!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide illegally funneled more than $1 million in campaign donations to two companies he owned, according to a complaint filed Monday with the Federal Elections Commission.

Saikat Chakrabarti set up Brand New Congress PAC to collect and bundle donations for newbie politicians including Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. He then diverted more than $1 million into two of his companies that did campaign work, skirting reporting requirements, said the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center.

“These are not minor or technical violations. We are talking about real money here,” said Tom Anderson, director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project. “In all my years of studying FEC reports, I’ve never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements.”

He added that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, “has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure.”

The PAC money went to Mr. Chakrabarti’s Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC, entities that unlike PACs and candidate campaigns do not have to report or itemize their spending.

The Ocasio-Cortez campaign also was paying Brand New Congress LLC for “strategic consulting.”

Mr. Chakrabarti, a Silicon Valley tech millionaire who delved into far-left politics, was instrumental in the long-shot win for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez win over veteran politician Rep. Joseph Crowley and was rewarded with the chief of staff job.

Another FEC complaint by filed last week by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation alleged Brand New Congress PAC was involved in a scheme to funnel money to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s live-in boyfriend, Riley Roberts.

At the same time Mr. Roberts, a 29-year-old web developer, received payments totaling $6,0000 as a “marketing consultant” for the PAC, the Ocasio-Cortez campaign was paying Brand New Congress LLP for strategic consulting.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti hit with FEC complaint
Awesome. I support hanging any elected official who engaged in illegal campaign funds. We can start with Hillary and Bill then work our way to the current President and then AOC. All would get a fair trial, of course. A fair trail and a fair hanging with a new rope. Is that cool with you?

 
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If the facts as alleged are true, and a candidate had control over a PAC that was working to get that candidate elected, then that candidate is potentially in very big trouble and may have engaged in multiple violations of federal campaign finance law, including receiving excessive contributions,” former Republican FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

And fellow former FEC commissioner Brad Smith told TheDCNF that if “a complaint were filed, I would think it would trigger a serious investigation.” He also noted that such a probe could potentially result in jail time for Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff, Chakrabarti.


Republican election attorney Charlie Spies told TheDCNF: “It looks like the campaign and PAC are under common control and the PAC was funding campaign staff and activities as an alter-ego of the campaign committee, which would be a blatant abuse of the PAC rules.”



www.google.com/amp/s/amp.dailycaller.com/2019/03/04/ocasio-cortez-justice-democrats



I love this. She constantly drones on and on about dark money yet it looks as if her campaign was tied directly to dark money. Then there is the weird financing of her little ginger. I love socialists.
 
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Why are you people so absolutely terrified if this girl ?? From what I've read her campaign manager had already submitted his reason for structuring things the way he do to FEC. This is the Clintons all over again. Republicans will just keep hurling shit at the fan hoping against all hope that something, anything no matter how trivial will eventually stick.
 
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Why are you people so absolutely terrified if this girl ?? From what I've read her campaign manager had already submitted his reason for structuring things the way he do to FEC. This is the Clintons all over again. Republicans will just keep hurling shit at the fan hoping against all hope that something, anything no matter how trivial will eventually stick.
They're scared because they know she's smart.
 
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