AOC Paying Her Staff a ‘Living Wage’ Conveniently Allows Her Chief of Staff Bury His Finances

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) bragged about the high wages she’s giving out to her staff so they would have a “living wage,” but now some are questioning her motives.

As IJR Blue reported, Ocasio-Cortez vowed to pay a minimum entry-level salary of $52,000 to her staff, which is well above the going rate of a Hill staff assistant of $31,587. She announced that she would be able to afford to pay her entry-level staffers more by cutting the wages of her higher-ranking staff members like her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti.

Ocasio-Cortez announced that her highest paid staffer would make $80,000.

But now, some are calling Ocasio-Cortez’s noble salary system into question.

According to a report by the Washington Examiner, Ocasio-Cortez’s new salary rules also allow Chakrabarti to dodge a public financial disclosure.

Under current law, any congressional employee making over $126,000 per year must disclose any other income they receive while working in the public sector. This includes investments, gifts, and paid trips so that the public would know if they are being personally influenced by outside forces.

According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a Congressional Chief of Staff is $145,000, making Chakrabarti’s $80,000 significantly lower than the going rate.

Chakrabarti, who gained financial success through his work in Silicon Valley, will not have to disclose any additional income that he receives while working for Ocasio-Cortez, which some find to be very problematic.

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) raised a flag about the potential for Chakrabarti to abuse the system by being paid below the average for his position.

NLPC’s Government Integrity Project Director Tom Anderson told the Washington Examiner, “Purposefully underpaying staffers in order to avoid transparency is an old trick some of the most corrupt members of Congress have used time and again.”

For now, Chakrabarti has no legal requirement to disclose his outside income. Ocasio-Cortez can ask him to provide those financial documents, but there would be no law requiring him to comply.

As IJR previously reported, Chakrabarti is also involved in a financial scandal after FEC records show that a PAC, that was run by Chakrabarti, paid Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, $6,000. Chakrabarti shook off the scandal, claiming that he hired Roberts because he’s good at his job.

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Screwtape
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Remember this the next time anyone cries for government transparency. Remember as well these people nominally work for US (we the people AND the country as a whole) AND are spending OUR money.

I would bet good money that legislation requiring full financial disclosure and tax returns will never be proposed nor passed.

Those who decry this as too invasive and a violation of privacy should remember that before asking for Trump’s tax returns.

Screwtape
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Here’s the irony and hypocrisy of Obviously-Clueless:

She believes that government can mandate what PRIVATE employers pay. i.e. the $15 minimum wage.

Yet she, a nominal EMPLOYEE, of we the people, gets to set her employees’ compensation.

Does anyone else see the wrong in this?

Rocky Drummond
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What’s so hard to understand?

The employees are free to accept or not what is offered or negotiated.

Her chief of staff, for example, worked with no wages for about 2 years setting up the Justice Democrats group. I am sure that even you would agree that getting paid something for work is better than not getting paid anything.

Rocky Drummond
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In view of how capitalists view min wage settings, being against a min wage is the sign of cruelty & lack of ethics.

Paying as little as possible for something of value is to their financial advantage, so they have an incentive to be as cruel and unethical as they can get away when dealing with wages. Paying a reasonable wage is the right thing to do, but we obviously have to mandate that for the reasons above.

Screwtape
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“The employees are free to accept or not what is offered or negotiated….
I am sure that even you would agree that getting paid something for work is better than not getting paid anything.” Or given money for doing nothing.

Thanks for making my points.

KhyberRifle
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lol; that was too easy

banstan
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Funniest of all, rockhead has NO IDEA what he just did.

Screwtape
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Now do “government transparency”.

Rocky Drummond
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So long as the American people through the government get access to Trump’s tax returns to expose his probable criminal activity, I am all for it.

banstan
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“his probable criminal activity”. Smokin crack again, roc? Or, just using insipid’s cracked crystal ball? He DOESN’T have to turn over his tax forms AND he DOESN’T have to prove his innocence about “probable criminal activity”. You leftists have gone so far off the rails you have totally forgotten how the justice system in this country ALSO works for people you disagree with.

Screwtape
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It’s been amply and repeatedly demonstrated that the legal concepts of “presumption of innocence” and “due process” are only applied by the Left to their own.

Screwtape
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See also “fair and equal treatment”.

KhyberRifle
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. .and then subjectively, case by case. See Weinstein’s likely guilt (drawn, quartered, eviscerated in the media) and the Jussie steaming pile (when the laughter subsides, Empire’s moved on, and he’s settled in his new L.A. bathhouse gig) no one wants to see either jailed. Rule of Law is under attack from all angles by moral wigglers. venal equivocators. Recall when profiling usurped the duties of reasonable cause? That potent, 2+2 is 4, Darwinian tool was outlawed yet lives on within us all?

Screwtape
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To paraphrase the Vulcans, “unless the needs of the voting demographic outweigh the needs of the few.” Or it becomes publicly embarrassing, e.g. Weinstein’s not-so-hidden pecadilloes become public knowledge, hence an embarrassment.

KhyberRifle
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Well then we need a Vulcan to wield the sharp and swift scale of financial justice against the unswerving forces of yet another congressperson diverting other peeps’ money

KhyberRifle
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His income tax reports and those of his companies are all in compliance. The firm(s) he uses for compliance would never take a position that’d expose him or their firm(s) to penalties. (There are a number of types of penalties, and any number of types of infractions, all but fraud remedied with money.) At his level of income, complexity, and profile, his filings are reviewed every year. Can you not hear yourself braying?

Screwtape
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Hee-haw was corny (pun-intended) but hilarious.

Sure let’s have ALL government employees make their tax records and finances available. Let’s do the same for all those receiving any form of assistance/entitlement.

This is as likely as to be implemented as the GND. No congress critter would support such legislation.

KhyberRifle
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RFD TV carries old Hee Haw’s; surfed on to a beach of a 50th reunion, Charley Pride, Jana Jae, great fun, not an equus africanus asinus in sight. The Hee Haw Honeys are as much a part of the American fabric as say, Snoop. No?

Screwtape
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Sorry to say I don’t get RFD or any other TV for that matter, except what comes through intermittently via the aether.

Snoop and the rest of “illin'” posse of rappers are artistically creative BUT also represent the lowest common denominators of Jackassdom–anger and resentment, Benjamins, downing on hos, and guns (for them only).

KhyberRifle
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There’s great stuff out there- wildlife, art, architecture, history of everything and nothing. “Feed your head” sang Grace. Art, humanities geeks would say knowingly, mirrors society, but with friends at the media that state would be inverted. Tell me again exactly who’s music (sic) I’m to like, who to be like. To be art, in this case, a chanted post pubescence rites of passage thug poetry, it’d have to evoke some sort of emotion. It fails. ‘Course I loved Subterranean Homesick Blues at one time

Screwtape
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All your money are belong to us. They’ll get it by hook or by crook (mostly the latter).

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