Published: Fri, March 08, 2019
Money | By Bruce West

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Like ‘A 5-Year-Old’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Like ‘A 5-Year-Old’

It will be recalled that Ocasio-Cortez has built her budding reputation on the platform of "clean" politics, with the congressional freshman repeatedly emphasizing that her campaign does not accept money from corporate political action committees (PACs), which she has described as "dark money".

"There is no violation", Ocasio-Cortez exclusively told Fox News after landing Tuesday at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

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

Ocasio-Cortez responded after the National Legal and Policy Center's Government Integrity Project filed an FEC complaint saying her top aide shifted the funds in what it argued could have been a bid to avoid disclosure.

By Rookie U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been dragged into an emerging campaign finance scandal that could potentially compromise her carefully crafted reputation as the 'people's candidate, ' as well as call her political platform into question just three months after the 2018 midterm elections that saw her become the youngest-ever female member of Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez won her primary with less than 17,000 votes, beating the incumbent Joseph Crowley's less than 13,000. The organization also claims the LLC may have failed to disclose the full amount of campaign donations spent for a number of campaign-related events for Democratic party House candidates, including those organized for Ocasio-Cortez.

David Mitrani, an attorney for the Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, the two PACs, and the company told ABC News in a statement that all of the entities have "fully complied with the law and the highest ethical standards".

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

The political operation that Chakrabarti helped establish centered on a novel approach: using a new crop of political action committees to help recruit and train hundreds of progressives to run for Congress and make it easier for little-known candidates to mount campaigns.

The group has called the "Green New Deal" an unrealistic and potentially ruinous plan for the USA economy that would require massive government spending. He discussed the strategy in a 2016 MSNBC interview, and the PACs posted explanations about the LLC's role on their websites. "We should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry", it said.

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.

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

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