Unlike liberals, conservatives and libertarians understand the Constitutional notion of innocent until proven guilty.
With that said, she and her Chief of Staff, Silicone Valley millionaire Saikat Chakrabarti, are facing two separate complaints filed with the Federal Elections Commission.
Allow me the opportunity to hammer the point home… these are just filed complaints, period. That’s all they are.
Nonetheless, if there is any fire coming from this smoke, both the NYC congresswoman and her senior staffer could be facing some serious prison time.
According to the filed complaint, National Legal and Policy Center v. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (et al), the duo sought to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge campaign finance disclosure laws, also popularly known as “transparency laws”.
As reported by The Washington Times;
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide illegally funneled campaign donations to two companies he owned, according to a complaint filed Monday with the Federal Elections Commission.
Saikat Chakrabarti set up Brand New Congress PAC to collect and bundle donations for newbie politicians including Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. He then diverted more than $1 million to two of his companies that did campaign work, skirting reporting requirements, said the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center.
“These are not minor or technical violations. We are talking about real money here,” said Tom Anderson, director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project. “In all my years of studying FEC reports, I’ve never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements.”
He added that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, “has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure.”
The PAC money went to Mr. Chakrabarti’s Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC, entities that, unlike PACs and candidate campaigns, do not have to report or itemize their spending.
But wait, there’s more.
In the same report, The Washington Times also notes that AOC’s live-in boyfriend, Riley Roberts, received pay totaling $6,000 as a “marketing consultant” for the Brand New Congress PAC, despite the Ocasio-Cortez campaign paying Brand New Congress LLP for strategic consulting;
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a conservative Washington nonprofit focused on free speech and campaign finance, said it looked like a shell game.
“The timing and amounts of these transactions, the use of two affiliated entities as intermediaries, the vague and amorphous nature of the services Riley ostensibly provided, the magnitude of these transactions compared to both the limited funds the campaign had raised at the time and the total amount of its expenditures, and the romantic relationship between Ocasio-Cortez and Riley collectively establish reason to believe these transactions may have violated campaign finance law,” said the group’s complaint.