Ocasio-Cortez Denies Campaign Finance Violation and 'Dark Money' Allegations

Ocasio-Cortez Denies Campaign Finance Violation and 'Dark Money' Allegations

Ocasio-Cortez Denies Campaign Finance Violation and 'Dark Money' Allegations

The watchdog alleged that Chakrabarti's LLC "served as a 'cutout, ' for at least $885,735 received from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and two federal political action committees, Brand New Congress (BNC) PAC and Justice Democrats (JD) PAC".

Chakrabarti tweeted about the unusual arrangement in response to media reports Monday. "Representative Ocasio-Cortez has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure". Under the agency's rules, for instance, a political committee must provide memos listing all the vendors paid through a campaign credit card, but the agency has not required campaign vendors to detail their payments to other vendors in a similar fashion, he said.

An attorney for the campaign, the PACs and Chakrabarti's company told the Post that Chkrabarti was never paid a salary or profit by any of the three entities.

Panelist Christian Tamte called Ocasio-Cortez "the candidate of the future". It appears, however, that they underwrote a score of campaign-related events and activities for Ocasio-Cortez and other Congressional candidates.

The NLPC claims Chakrabarti owns and operates Brand New Congress LLC, which they say spent the funds to support the campaigns of 10 or more congressional candidates.

After starting Brand New Congress, he formed a Delaware-based LLC, Brand New Campaign LLC.

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. "So, we were transparent about it from the start". From her constitutents" point of view, as a House member who has nailed her colours to the "clean campaign finance' mast, it is particularly important to determine whether she was in fact an accomplice to potential violations of campaign finance laws, given her close relationship with Charkrabarti.

Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress PAC sought to implement a national program to recruit non-traditional candidates for United States House of Representatives and Senate, and to support them with an infrastructure to effectively run their campaigns as an integrated, national effort - so that candidates could focus on being candidates that could best represent their communities, [as] opposed to exclusively focused on high-dollar fundraising and national endorsement to drive electoral success.

"We're looking for people who are good at what they do", he told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in a 2016 interview.

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.

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