Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aide accused of funneling $1M into private accounts

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on stage during the 2019 Athena Film Festival closing night film, “Knock Down the House” at the Diana Center at Barnard College on March 3, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for The Athena Film Festival)

A complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission accuses Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide of funneling nearly $1 million into private accounts, which potentially violates campaign finance law. 

According to the Washington Examiner,  the complaint, filed by the National Legal and Policy Center (a government watchdog group), alleges that AOC’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti funneled nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees he established to private companies that he also controlled. 

The complaint further alleges that Chakrabarti may have violated a $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates and used the process to “hide” money in companies that are not required to report financial details. 

Chakrabarti’s PACs raised about $3.3 million in 2016 and 2017, according to the publication, and at the same time, the PACs transferred more than $1 million to two companies controlled by Chakrabarti — Brand New Campaign LLC and Brand New Congress LLC — the newspaper report said, citing federal election filings.

The National Legal and Policy Center wants the FEC to audit the two operations in question.

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