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FEC Complaint Filed Against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'Extensive Off-the-Books' Campaign

"I communicated as such in the committee and when I said 'you're making a list, ' what I'm saying is that you are by separating yourself out from the caucus you have made a list in the vote count of the caucus of Democrats that is susceptible to Republican manipulation and frankly will be held accountable by progressive activists and advocates who say 'stop negotiating away the rights of immigrants for completely unrelated legislation", she said.

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

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Chakrabarti oversaw more than $1 million in political donations being funneled into his private businesses. "In that time, the sum of $1,045,000 was apparently paid in several tranches to "Brand New Campaign LLC" and 'Brand New Congress LLC" - two private companies controlled by AOC's Chief of Staff.

The Daily Caller additionally found that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti obtained majority control of the Justice Democrats PAC in late 2017 and appear to maintain that control of the group now.

Chakrabarti declined to comment as did a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez.

Former Federal Election Commission lawyer Adav Noti said such an arrangement does mirror a practice used by "scam PACs" and raises a "warning flag", but he said there's no evidence to support a kickback allegation in this case.




The payments were apparently made for the goal of "Strategic Consulting", which is - to say the least - extremely ambiguous, if not outright suspicious.

Chakrabarti described the LLC's political goal as "a single unified presidential-style campaign" for some 400 Democratic candidates.

Hume said he thought the first-term congresswoman's appeal would last only a few weeks and said he was surprised by her staying power - even as she has become a go-to talking point among Fox News commentators and hosts. He did not mention that it would also free candidates from the responsibility of disclosure.

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

He called described the company as a "legitimate campaign vendor" that provided services to candidates and committees and that the "implications in recent press accounts that these entities in any way operated with less than full transparency or in some way to skirt to law, are absolutely and unequivocally false".

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

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