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

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

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

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a formal Complaint today with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, and several other individuals and groups who orchestrated an extensive operation to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign spending during the 2018 campaign, in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended.

The watchdog alleged that Chakrabarti's LLC "served as a 'cutout, ' for at least $885,735 received from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and two federal political action committees, Brand New Congress (BNC) PAC and Justice Democrats (JD) PAC".

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.

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.

After starting Brand New Congress, he formed a Delaware-based LLC, Brand New Campaign LLC.

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It will be recalled that Ocasio-Cortez has built her budding reputation on the platform of "clean" politics, with the congressional freshman repeatedly emphasizing that her campaign does not accept money from corporate political action committees (PACs), which she has described as "dark money". Chakrabarti later launched another PAC Justice Democrats to support the effort, which more explicitly focuses on Democratic Party candidates.

In a lengthy and detailed statement sent to Snopes, attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez and the PACs accused in the complaint said all their activities had "fully complied with the law and the highest ethical standards".

"In the first two weeks of February 2019, Ocasio- Cortez posted numerous videos of official House floor and committee proceedings on her political Twitter and Instagram accounts", the complaint reads. But actually running the campaigns - meaning doing direct work for campaigns - is not something a PAC can do for a candidate for free'. So, we were transparent about it from the start, ' he said. From her constitutents" point of view, as a House member who has nailed her colours to the "clean campaign finance' mast, it is particularly important to determine whether she was in fact an accomplice to potential violations of campaign finance laws, given her close relationship with Charkrabarti.

The stated objective was to help elect progressive candidates to Congress. He discussed the strategy in a 2016 MSNBC interview, and the PACs posted explanations about the LLC's role on their websites.

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