Political operation tied to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aide faces scrutiny

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019.

In the absence of reporting to the FEC, the money could have been pocketed or used to pay for off-the-books campaign operations, argues the complaint, which names Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as respondents. "In all my years of studying FEC reports, I've never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements".

In filing the complaint, the Policy Center has effectively requested that the FEC begin a formal investigation into several named individuals and entities, including Rep. Ocasio-Cortez personally, as well as her 2018 congressional campaign committee and Chakrabarti.

Chakrabarti defended himself on Twitter on Monday.

In a blog post by National Legal and Policy Center Chairman Peter Flaherty regarding the complaint, he highlighted Ocasio-Cortez's history of advocacy against "so-called dark money" and in favor of transparency in money in politics, suggesting hypocrisy when it came to the actions of her top aide.

Panelist Christian Tamte called Ocasio-Cortez "the candidate of the future".

A number of people also seemed unamused by the congresswoman's assessment of the "GOP amendment" she mentioned. "We should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry", it said. 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. 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. 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.

He helped found both Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats, with the goal of bringing new and progressive members like Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, to Congress. He discussed the strategy in a 2016 MSNBC interview, and the PACs posted explanations about the LLC's role on their websites.

'None of that makes any sense, ' former FEC lawyer Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center told the publication.

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