Socialist congresswoman ‘orchestrated an extensive off-the-books operation…’
In case you saw the conspiracy theory running around, conservative groups have now taken to spamming us by filing bogus ethics complaints so that Fox News can report on “alleged,” untrue scandals.
This is how the misinformation machine works, folks. https://t.co/Gi5PhIJ7Jo
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 8, 2019
In her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez linked an NBC News “fact check” that says there is “no evidence of wrongdoing.”
The National Legal and Policy Center filed the complaint with the Federal Election Committee on March 4, Newsweek reported.
The complaint alleged that Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign “orchestrated an extensive off-the-books operation to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures in support of multiple candidates for federal office.”
NLPC’s complaint said Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti funneled donations made to two PACs into two different LLCs.
Chakrabarti organized Brand New Congress PAC, Justice Democrats PAC, and Brand New Congress LLC in 2016 to help elect socialists in the mold of Bernie Sanders.
The PACs then paid the LLC for “fundraising and field work,” according to NBC News.
Both PACs paid the Brand New Congress LLC about $1 million during the 2018 election.
The attorney for Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign, David Mitrani, said Chakrabarti did not profit or receive a salary from the LLC.
NLPC’s complaint noted that huge payments made from the PACs to the LLC were for “strategic consulting.”
But Chakrabarti said the LCC did more than that.
“In fact, Saikat Chakrabarti stated on national television on May 19th 2016 that Brand New Congress LLC created the campaign infrastructure and ran all of the fundraising and volunteering operations for the campaigns,” NLPC said in the complaint.
Paul S. Ryan, a campaign finance expert at Common Cause, said if the investigation finds that Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign simply did not specify where the money was going, it would face a small fine.
If the money was channeled for personal profit, however, they could face more serious consequences.