Uh Oh: AOC Just Had Another Complaint Filed Against Her

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y. listens to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 5 2019

A complaint has been filed with the Federal Election Commission alleging two political action committees (PAC) backing the campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) fed almost $900,000 to a limited liability company (LLC) that functioned as a de facto slush fund for campaign spending, skirting campaign-transparency rules.

Ocasio-Cortez won her primary with less than 17,000 votes, beating the incumbent Joseph Crowley's less than 13,000. "In that time, the sum of $1,045,000 was apparently paid in several tranches to "Brand New Campaign LLC" and 'Brand New Congress LLC" - two private companies controlled by AOC's Chief of Staff. The complaint centers on federal regulations about how much detail candidates are required to disclose about vendor activities.

But all the payments to the LLC were simply reported as "strategic consulting", based on FEC filings reviewed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a right-leaning ethics and accountability nonprofit that filed the complaint.

"Whatever this stuff is, it makes a lot of news ― and that's why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for all her callowness and arguable shallowness, is able to become so prominent", Hume said.

The NLPC alleges that Ocasio-Cortez and the others named in the complaint diverted almost a million dollars in campaign donations to the coffers of a for-profit entity operated by Chakrabarti. "We should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry", it said.

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

In their statement, attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez explained that Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC were one and the same entity, and that Brand New Campaign LLC had simply changed its name to Brand New Congress LLC. 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 company, then called Brand New Campaign LLC, was set up to provide all-in-one campaign services to candidates without political background.

The stated objective was to help elect progressive candidates to Congress.

"We're looking for people who are good at what they do", he told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in a 2016 interview.

"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".

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