Just two months after taking office, socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may see her freshman term coming to a quick end.
The Democrat from New York City was hit with an FEC complaint accusing her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, of funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees to private companies.
According to Fox News, “The FEC complaint asserts that Chakrabarti established two PACs, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then systematically transfered more than $885,000 in contributions received by those PACs to the Brand New Campaign LLC and the Brand New Congress LLC — companies that, unlike PACs, are exempt from reporting all of their significant expenditures. The PACs claimed the payments were for ‘strategic consulting.'”
Tom Anderson, who is the director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project, says “These are not minor or technical violations. We are talking about real money here. In all my years of studying FEC reports, I’ve never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements.”
Things aren’t looking too good for Ocasio-Cortez if these allegations hold to be true. Former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith told the Daily Caller, “If this were determined to be knowing and willful, they could be facing jail time. Even if it’s not knowing and willful, it would be a clear civil violation of the act, which would require disgorgement of the contributions and civil penalties. I think they’ve got some real issues here.”
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