AOC’s Ex-Chief of Staff Under FEC Investigation for Allegedly Funneling $1M to Dodge Campaign Disclosure Laws

FILE PHOTO: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questions Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy" in Washington, U.S. July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott
FILE PHOTO: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) questions Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy" in Washington, U.S. July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (D-N.Y.) former chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti is in hot water with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).

The congresswoman and her chief of staff have been the target of several FEC complaints alleging that organizations tied to the duo have been funneling money to dodge campaign disclosures.

As IJR previously reported, the ethical concerns about Chakrabarti started after Luke Thompson, a Republican strategist, outlined how Riley Robers, Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, received payments that seemed to be funneled through Chakrabarti’s PAC to avoid disclosures from the campaign.

Thompson’s probe spiraled into a web of FEC complaints all looking into Chakrabarti and his businesses, including Brand New Congress LLC, Brand New Congress PAC, and the Justice Democrats — a liberal activist group that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti founded.

The first complaint came from the Coolidge Reagan Foundation who demanded that the FEC look into the payments Chakrabarti made to Roberts. The second complaint came from the National Legal and Policy Center, who tracked payments from Chakrabarti’s LLC and PAC alleging that he funneled more than $1 million between the two to skirt campaign finance disclosures.

According to a report from the Washington Examiner, the FEC has taken the complaints into consideration and formally launched an investigation into Chakrabarti, his businesses, and the Justice Democrats.

While this is the first official FEC investigation into Chakrabarti, it is not where his questionable dealings end. As IJR previously reported, he has also been called into question for receiving an unusually low salary as Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff which conveniently allows him to fall short of the threshold that would require he disclose his personal finances.

Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were both listed in an Office of Congressional Ethics complaint for allegedly misusing taxpayer dollars by providing Roberts with an official Congressional email address, though the office denies that he actually worked for the office.

Chakrabarti announced late last week he was leaving Ocasio-Cortez’s office to pursue other work.

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Patti Harrison
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When the lights are turned on, the cockroaches scatter! Boy didn’t I know that she smelled dirty, along with the Justice Demoncrats! Can’t trust those communists!!!

Screwtape
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Rats fleeing the next. Let’s hope the FEC actually has some teeth and can indict him, his puppet AOC, her boyfriend, and the whole organization.

Allen Zabel
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Hillary must be proud of her.
But not, for getting caught.
Now, if she started her own foundation…?

James
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This will end her short political career just in time for the GOP to take her seat in 2020. Maybe the other three members of the Commie Quad Squad will follow suit since both Omar and Tlaib have written checks to themselves from campaign funds.

C’mon, Federal Elections Commission: Investigate, indict and recommend sentences.. Empty prison cells await.

Cherl
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I should be ashamed for smiling the entire time that I was reading about AOC’s latest gaff. What a chowder head. She doesn’t think anyone would scrutinize everything she does because she puts a spotlight on herself.

MariaRose Randazzo
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Notice she’s very non-reacting to this, because she can’t come up with a valid response that proves it wrong. May she learn the consequences of her actions.

Otis
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Dingbat AOC needs to be shamed into oblivion, but obviously she has no shame so the point is moot.

william jackson
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deport them both—–scoundrels

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