AOC campaign finance allegations 'serious and troubling,' lawyer says

AOC campaign finance allegations 'serious and troubling,' lawyer says

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.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019.

The right-wing watchdog group alleges that Chakrabarti's LLC funnelled at least $885,735 from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and two federal political action committees, Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC. The complaint centers on federal regulations about how much detail candidates are required to disclose about vendor activities.

In its complaint, The National Legal and Policy Center argues the payments to Brand New Congress LLC offered evidence of an "extensive, off-the books operation". But he defended the set-up on Twitter, saying, "We were doing something totally new, which meant a new setup".

After starting Brand New Congress, he formed a Delaware-based LLC, Brand New Campaign LLC.

"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".

President Donald Trump's second son took shots at Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats when Fox host Brian Kilmeade asked him to comment on his name being included in a list of 81 people and entities that Democrats are demanding documents from, in their wide-ranging investigation.

The funds, the NLPC writes, were likely spent on campaign events for Ocasio-Cortez and other far-left Democratic candidates favored by Chakrabarti, who made his fortune in Silicon Valley and previously worked on Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. But actually running the campaigns - meaning doing direct work for campaigns - is not something a PAC can do for a candidate for free'.

"Justice Democrats were instrumental ... in pulling off the biggest upset in modern American politics by recruiting, training, and ultimately electing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's 14th Congressional District", the group stated.

"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.

For that reason, they set up an LLC that served as the vehicle to pay staff and bill campaigns for services.

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