Ocasio-Cortez Scandal: AOC's Aide Funneling $1M Into Private Accounts, Watchdog Claims

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People will say, 'Oh, she's just supporting so-and-so, that's why she's saying that.' And I think it's, you know, we have to have real conversations about income inequality, about criminal justice, about immigration, about the environment.

Conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center on Monday filed a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging Chakrabarti's LLC raised the issue of transparency with the way it masked its subvendors by lumping together the PAC's expenditures as generic "strategic consulting" payments to the firm.

She also denied that the Federal Election complaint, filed against her and her chief of staff, connected her to "dark money" in her campaign.

The companies owned by Saikat Chakrabarti appear to have been established for the sole objective of hiding how the political donations were used, the Washington Examiner reported.

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The NLPC is requesting the FEC to investigate the operations of both the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC during last year's election campaign. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a frequent target of ridicule on the conservative network.

Adav Noti, the senior director of the Campaign Legal Center and a former FEC lawyer, said the arrangement was highly unusual and seemed meant to obscure the destination of the funds. "I can't even begin to disentangle that. Let them make their mistakes, but let them try to do something".

It is far from the first time Fox News personalities have used Ocasio-Cortez as a political punching bag. In an interview with Spectrum News NY1 this week, Ocasio-Cortez said she was committed to smacking down false attacks before they could become mainstream.

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign also paid the LLC for 'strategic consulting'. The Act requires that all expenditures of $200 or more to be disclosed to the FEC, and their objective identified. So we created Brand New Congress as a PAC.

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Chakrabarti later launched another PAC Justice Democrats to support the effort, which more explicitly focuses on Democratic Party candidates. It is also not incorporated in DE, a popular destination for its lack of disclosure requirements for individuals who establish limited liability companies.

They also alleged that it served as a "cutout" for money raised from the Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and the two PACs. The goal was "to essentially run the full campaigns" and act as a vendor.

The complaint argues that the arrangement was illegal and skirted a $5,000 PAC contribution requirement.

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