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

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

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a conservative government watchdog, filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) which alleges that Chakrabarti siphoned more than $885 thousand in contributions from donors, to political action committees (PACs), and then into private companies under the guise of "strategic consulting".

When asked if the complaint proves she is connected to "dark money", Ocasio-Cortez replied, "Oh no, no, I'm 100% people funded, thank you".

Both Chakrabarti and Ocasio-Cortez are listed as respondents on the complaint.

Ocasio-Cortez delivered her comments amid the controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar, another Democratic congresswoman who earlier criticised pro-Israel lobby groups' influence in the United States. Chakrabarti worked as a volunteer manager of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign the year after the payments were made, according to the Post.

Crucially, the attorneys emphasized that the way the committees described the services provided by the company was, in brief, no less specific than the law required it to be: "Brand New Congress LLC received guidance from the Federal Election Commission as to how payments from the PACs and the various candidates to Brand New Congress LLC would need to be reported".

"It appears "strategic consulting" was a mischaracterization of a wide range of activities that should have been reported individually", the complaint stated.

"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".

Ocasio-Cortez had opposed Amazon.com Inc's plan to create a major NY outpost with almost $3 billion in city and state incentives.

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Brand New Campaign LLC was registered as a private company in the state of DE in May 2016, and in Tennessee in February 2017.

"At the moment, I think it's fair to say, she is the de facto leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives", Hume added. He was taken off the website sometime later in January.

This is the second complain filed against Ocasio-Cortez this week.

Chakrabarti, 33, founded a PAC called Brand New Congress in 2016 and another called Justice Democrats in 2017.

Bradley A. Smith, a former chairman of the FEC, called it "a really weird situation".

The NLPC claims it was an attempt to avoid reporting campaign expenditures.

One such person would be Chakrabarti himself, who gave the allowed maximum of $5,000 to the PAC while also maxing out the $2,700 contribution limit to Ocasio-Cortez.

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