A little counter-perspective from the Washington Times. Her critics include Joseph Lieberman, Chris Coons, and local for me, Alcee Hastings. All express concerns about her socialist lurch to the far-Left that alienates Democrat moderates, and it goes without saying, the rest of America.
I think she gets a lot of media attention just because she's young and pretty. Despite that she's an airhead who proposes dangerous policy and doesn't understand the issues. But over time, she will increasingly surround herself with competent advisors, who will help her to increasingly appear more competent and moderate than she truly is.
The FEC complaint asserts that Chakrabarti [Ocasio-Cortez's campaign manager] established two PACs, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then systematically transferred more than $885,000 in contributions received by those PACs to the Brand New Campaign LLC and the Brand New Congress LLC -- companies that, unlike PACs, are exempt from reporting all of their significant expenditures. The PACs claimed the payments were for "strategic consulting."
Although large financial transfers from PACs to LLCs are not necessarily improper, the complaint argues that the goal of the "extensive" scheme was seemingly to illegally dodge detailed legal reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which are designed to track campaign expenditures.
Critics said the arrangement appears unusual and should be probed.
"It sounds to a lot of people like that’s a way to skirt the campaign finance laws in this country," former Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "And the FEC and the other regulators need to get in there and find out where was this money going – was it going to people’s pockets? Was it legitimate or not?”
In a nutshell, Ocasio-Cortez took funds (about $885,000) from one PAC she controlled, and put the funds in another LLC she owns. Both of which she has total control of. Apparently the only reason to move the funds is because she can use the funds in the new account without as much disclosure of how she spends it.
In many ways similar to how Hillary illegally set up a private e-mail server, rather than the far more secure SteteDepartment.gove website, so that she could avoid having her e-mail communications (i.e., Hillary's secret selling of State Department access to foreign governments, in exchange for hundreds of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation) subject to disclosure in state records.
Ocasio-Cortes at the least has a lot of days in court ahead of her, and potentially some jail time. It's amazing how Democrats always posture about open government and accountability, and then turn out to be the most evasive of open government for themselves, with the most to hide. And when you're a constitutional republic-wrecking Bolshevik posing as a champion of freedom, you have a lot to hide. Some animals are more equal than others.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has some explaining to do, and I don't think a simple denial will cut it.
The freshman congresswoman’s top aide, Saikat Chakrabarti, reportedly funneled more than $1 million through political action committees he founded into two private companies he owns, according to a new investigative report by the Washington Examiner’s Alana Goodman.
“Chakrabarti's companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used,” Goodman reports, citing a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission by the watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center. The “arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates.”
“PACs are required to disclose how and when funds are spent, including for expenditures such as advertisements, fundraising emails, donations to candidates, and payments for events and to vendors,” Goodman wrote. “The private companies to which Chakrabarti transferred the money from the PACs are not subject to these requirements.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the report Tuesday by asserting simply that “ there is no violation.” For a lawmaker whose path to Congress was paved with a promise to elevate the ethics of Washington, D.C., she’s going to have to do better than that to explain how it’s kosher for her campaign-manager-turned-chief-of-staff to shuffle money through his PACs into his own private companies, whence it allegedly benefited other campaigns.
The Campaign Legal Center’s director, Adav Noti, himself a former FEC lawyer, told the Examiner that Chakrabarti's arrangement is definitely unusual. He also suggested that it might have been done with an eye toward obscuring how the money changes hands.
"None of that makes any sense," said Noti. "I can't even begin to disentangle that. They're either confused, or they're trying to conceal something."
"It does seem like there's something amiss. I can only think of really two likely possibilities for this sort of pattern of disbursements," he added. "One is the scam PAC possibility — they're really just paying themselves, and they’re concealing it by using the LLC. The other is that there’s actually another recipient, that the money is going to the LLC and then being disbursed in some other way that they want to conceal."
The thing that gets me is that Ocasio-Cortez was sworn into office only 61 days ago. Yet, her office already looks like a black hole of ethically dubious behavior. Remember: This FEC complaint isn’t even the first shoe to drop. During the 2018 election, her campaign made several payments to Brand New Congress LLC for “strategic consulting,” and then Brand New Congress PAC made payouts to her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who was billed as a “marketing consultant,” according to Federal Election Commission filings compiled by GOP operative Luke Thompson.
As if that weren’t already strange enough, both the LLC and the PAC were co-founded by Chakrabarti. These are the same organizations that he reportedly used to funnel cash into his private companies. Then, there's the questionable issue of the congresswoman giving her boyfriend a dot-gov email address. These addresses are reserved only for House staff, though they are given out on occasion to the spouses of elected members of Congress. Roberts is neither.
For a candidate who came to Washington on the promise of transparency and a high standard of ethical behavior, Ocasio-Cortez has wasted no time falling far from that ideal.
From the perspective of a former FEC lawyer who now works for the political watchdog group who exposed the irregularities of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign finances, this editorial clarifies the irregularities of the case in question.
Man, I love this guy! With humor, he intelligently deconstructs Ocasio-Cortez's insane rhetoric. Many Republican pundits say they welcome her comments, because they are so destructive within the Democrat party, and to alienating and driving any moderate support for the Democrats.