For a self-described socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sure likes nice things and money—LOTS of money. So says the recent violations filed with the FEC that outline an seemingly troubling pattern of “disappearing dollars” within the OAC campaign operation. Nearly one million dollars to be exact.
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AOC’s chief of staff ran $1M slush fund by diverting campaign cash to his own companies
by Alana Goodman
March 04, 2019
Two political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat’s chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of “dark money” in politics.
Chakrabarti’s companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.
The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.
Campaign finance attorneys described the arrangement as “really weird” and an indication “there’s something amiss.” They said there was no way of telling where the political donations went — meaning they could have been pocketed or used by the company to pay for off-the-books campaign operations.
…Bradley A. Smith, a former chairman of the FEC, said he has never seen such an arrangement. “It’s a really weird situation,” he said. “I see almost no way that you can do that without it being at least a reporting violation, quite likely a violation of the contribution limits. You might say from a campaign finance angle that the LLC was essentially operating as an unregistered committee.”
Chakrabarti declined to comment on the FEC complaint or provide details about his companies’ financial activities. Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, declined to comment.
There’s another wrinkle to this story, one that is not yet being reported openly. Whispers suggest powerful figures within the Democrat Party unleashed the FEC violations on Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez to ‘put her on notice’ following a series of ‘low intelligence’ communications by OAC that appeared to criticize figures like Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others.
OAC would do well to realize that after just a couple months in Congress it might not be a good idea to take on the likes of Nancy Pelosi.