BOMBSHELL! Ocasio-Cortez Could Be Facing Jail Time
Perhaps the moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived!
In a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Monday it looks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have broken federal law and could be in some serious trouble, even jail time.
Fox News reports,
New York. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, the progressive firebrand's multimillionaire chief of staff, apparently violated campaign finance law by working to funnel nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled, according to an explosive complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and obtained by Fox News.
In light of the allegations, a former FEC commissioner late Monday suggested in an interview that Ocasio-Cortez and her team could be facing major fines and potentially even jail time if their actions were knowing and willful violations of the law.
The FEC filing asserts that Chakrabarti established two political action commitees, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then systematically transfered more than $885,000 in contributions received by those PACs to the Brand New Congress LLC -- a company that, unlike the PACs, is exempt from reporting all of its expenditures over $200. The PACs claimed the payments were for "strategic consulting."
This is huge!
This suggests that AOC and her chief of staff funneled illegal money into their campaign.
According to The Daily Caller,
Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the FEC that she and Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign, and former FEC commissioners say the arrangement could lead to multiple campaign finance violations. The group backed 12 Democrats during the 2018 midterms, but Ocasio-Cortez was the only one of those to win her general election.
“If the facts as alleged are true, and a candidate had control over a PAC that was working to get that candidate elected, then that candidate is potentially in very big trouble and may have engaged in multiple violations of federal campaign finance law, including receiving excessive contributions,” former Republican FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Former FEC Associate General Counsel for Policy, Adav Noti, said that,
"Certainly, it's not permissible to use an LLC or any other kind of LLC or any other kind of intermediary to conceal the recipient or purpose of a PAC's spending. The law requires the PAC to report who it disperses money to. You can't try to evade that by routing it through an LLC or corporation or anyone else."
What's so weird about this situation is that the PAC that dispersed so much of its money to one entity that was so clearly affiliated with the PAC. Usually, that's a sign that it's what's come to be known as a 'scam PAC' -- one that's operated for the financial benefit of its operators, rather than one designed to engage in political activity."
"But on the other hand, [Ocasio-Cortez's] explanations don't make a lot of sense on their face. I read their explanation multiple times, and I still don't understand. If you want to start a business to provide services to campaigns -- many of those are organized as LLC's, and you sell your services."
AOC has received a lot of criticism recently, and this only adds to the already burning pile. Let's see where this takes us next.
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