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Complaint: Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff ran $1m slush fund

08 March, 2019, 04:29 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
  • U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y. listens to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 5 2019

Ocasio-Cortez's swift rise and outspoken personality make her a prime target for GOP lawmakers and conservative media outlets. "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.

Conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center on Monday filed a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging Chakrabarti's LLC raised the issue of transparency with the way it masked its subvendors by lumping together the PAC's expenditures as generic "strategic consulting" payments to the firm.

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.

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign also paid the LLC for 'strategic consulting'.

Chakrabarti not only ran Brand New Congress LLC, but was also Ocasio-Cortez's campaign manager and sat on the board of Justice Democrats, the group's website indicated as recently as January 8.

Some suggested the complaint could indicate hypocrisy from Democrats who have railed against "dark money" in politics.

Brand New Campaign LLC was registered as a private company in the state of DE in May 2016, and in Tennessee in February 2017. It appears, however, that they underwrote a score of campaign-related events and activities for Ocasio-Cortez and other Congressional candidates.

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He said the Ocasio-Cortez "bubble will burst" eventually, but he added that he hopes it lasts until after the 2020 election.

According to Mirati's statement, Brand New Congress LLC was launched along with the PAC as part of an effort to elect progressive non-career politician candidates to Congress.

Documents filed (pdf) with the government in Washington list Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as the entity's governors-those who control it-along with Nasim Thompson, former executive director and PAC board chair of Brand New Congress.

The group has called the "Green New Deal" an unrealistic and potentially ruinous plan for the US economy that would require massive government spending.

"AOC is trying to raise taxes and she just drove Amazon out of our state, so we lost 25,000 high paying jobs in NY state, a state that's bleeding people every single day to other states because taxes are too high", Eric Trump said. "Here's me talking about it on MSNBC in May 2016".

Adav Noti, the senior director of the Campaign Legal Center and a former FEC lawyer, said the arrangement was highly unusual and seemed meant to obscure the destination of the funds.

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