Political operation tied to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aide faces scrutiny

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The watchdog says that Ocasio-Cortez committed a number of violations. The Act requires that all expenditures of $200 or more to be disclosed to the FEC, and their objective identified.

"It appears "strategic consulting" was a mischaracterization of a wide range of activities that should have been reported individually".

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".

The Brand New Congress PAC was founded in April 2016 by former volunteers and staff of the presidential campaign of Sen. "Additionally, on Ocasio-Cortez's political Instagram page, she directly links to her official House Instagram account and includes a link for political contributions, alongside the posts of official video footage and her comments on official action". A video last month of Ocasio-Cortez firing off questions about dark money and campaign finance laws to experts during a congressional hearing has been viewed about 40 million times, reportedly making it the most watched political video posted on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez won her primary with less than 17,000 votes, beating the incumbent Joseph Crowley's less than 13,000. Under the agency's rules, for instance, a political committee must provide memos listing all the vendors paid through a campaign credit card, but the agency has not required campaign vendors to detail their payments to other vendors in a similar fashion, he said. Even more tellingly, while Brand New Campaign LLC is registered in DE, there are no Secretary of State records for Brand New Congress LLC, and the time or location of its incorporation remain unknown.

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He helped found both Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats, with the goal of bringing new and progressive members like Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, to Congress.

Mitrani said Chakrabarti "did not receive any compensation - by way of salary, profit or otherwise" from the corporation.

"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.

Even so, Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation at the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, said the committees could be exposed to potential violations over how they reported the spending to the Federal Election Commission.

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