Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slapped With New FEC Complaint

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Posted: Apr 03, 2019 11:05 AM
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slapped With New FEC Complaint

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promised to raise hell in D.C.—and she has for the most part. She’s one of the main advocates for the so-called Green New Deal, which is nothing short of a prescription for economic death for the country. It calls for the end of the internal combustible engine, the upgrading of all buildings in the country to become more energy efficient, the death of farting cows, and welfare for lazy people. It’s going to cost trillions, which is on top of their Medicare for All nonsense. Yet, while AOC fights the phantom threat of global warming, she has issues on the legal front. In fact, she has multiple issues. She was slapped with another FEC complaint (via Fox News):

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been hit with another Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint, this one alleging she and her campaign manager operated a “subsidy scheme” that ran afoul of campaign finance laws.

The crux of the complaint, which was given exclusively to Fox News in advance of its filing Wednesday, accused Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, of overseeing a "shadowy web" of political action committees (PACs) that allowed them to raise more cash than they could have legally. It also alleged that a limited liability company (LLC) was created to avoid federal expenditure requirements by offering Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic candidates political consulting services at a price so low that the company apparently shut down before the election was even over.

The complaint named Ocasio-Cortez, Chakrabarti (now her chief of staff), the Justice Democrats PAC, the Brand New Congress PAC and Brand New Congress LLC as the overlapping entities that aimed to “subsidize cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value.”

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“Chakrabarti was trying to create the Uber for politics,” said Dan Backer, the conservative attorney behind the complaint. “Uber functions because of a massive subsidy from venture capital. Here, it’s subsidized by these PACs to deliver a valuable service that people need and want, but can’t be delivered at the real cost of it.”

The Virginia-based attorney has made political hay with recent complaints against Ocasio-Cortez. This is Backer’s second FEC complaint against her in less than a month. He used the first as somewhat of a springboard to launch the Stop the AOC PAC, which he said has raised a few thousand dollars and conducted polling in her New York City district.

This isn’t the first time AOC and her minions have run aground on ethics and FEC rules. There’s the issue of her boyfriend having a congressional email account, which seems to have run counter to the rules and regulations of IT policy that governs the House of Representatives. Dan Backer has been on the Triggered podcast, where he explained all of the various violations AOC and her staff allegedly committed. One of which involves nearly a million dollars in campaign contributions being taken off the books. The is part of the other complaint that alleges she hid her controlling stake in Justice Democrats PAC, which was the point of the lance in her primary challenge against now-ex-Congressman Joe Crowley. Remember, PACs and the campaign proper cannot coordinate (via Fox News):

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, the progressive firebrand's multimillionaire chief of staff, apparently violated campaign finance law by funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled, according to an explosive complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and obtained by Fox News.

Amid the allegations, a former FEC commissioner late Monday suggested in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation that Ocasio-Cortez and her team could separately be facing major fines and potentially even jail time if they were knowingly and willfully violating the law by hiding their control of the Justice Democrats political action committee (PAC). Such an arrangement could have allowed Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to receive donations in excess of the normal limit, by pooling contributions to both the PAC and the campaign itself.

Mr. Backer explains more here: