Elder Patriot – On February 27th, the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation filed an official ethics complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging violations of federal campaign finance laws committed by freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The suit cites an article written by a Republican political consultant, Luke Thompson, who first called attention to a series of transactions between the Ocasio-Cortez campaign and the PAC, Brand New Congress.
The suit alleges that the money transfers from AOC’s campaign bank account were sent to Brand New Congress and in turn used to enrich AOC’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts:
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The suit seeks to determine whether AOC and her campaign CEO and now Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti violated federal campaign laws, 52 U.S.C. § 30114(b)(1) prohibiting the use of campaign contributions for personal use, and 52 U.S.C. § 30104(b)(6) governing disclosure for all expenditures over $200.
The alleged violations arise from the coordination that allegedly existed between the Political Action Committee Brand New Congress and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign. That linkage appears to be undeniable in light of federal filings that show AOC and/or Chakrabarti controlled both entities.
Coordination between PACs and a candidate’s electoral campaign is strictly forbidden.
Every indication, at this point, is that Brand New Congress was doling out payments to AOC’s boyfriend Riley Roberts.
Brand New Congress PAC was founded and operated by the same Saikat Chakrabarti who first served as AOC’s campaign manager and now serves as her Chief of Staff.
Chakrabarti is currently suspected of funneling more than $1 million in political donations, that had been made to two PACs founded by AOC, to two companies that owned personally.
Boyfriend Roberts, was paid after ostensibly serving as a marketing consultant to Brand New Congress while the Ocasio-Cortez campaign was paying BNC for administrative services.
Thompson noticed this cozy arrangement and then brought it to light.
This is the second revelation in the past week of AOC ignoring and violating campaign finance regulations.
It was discovered earlier this week that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti controlled another PAC, Justice Democrats, that is believed to have funneled illegally high amounts of money into the Ocasio-Cortez campaign in another violation of campaign finance rules.
52 U.S. Code § 30109 – Enforcement governing Federal Election Campaigns:
The legal contribution limit to a supportive PAC when combined with the amount contributed to the campaign directly cannot legally exceed $2700.
In just one case, ActBlue funneled in excess of $50,000 Justice Democrats. Whether more than $2700 of those funds found its way to AOC becomes the question.
If the filing by the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation passes summary judgement discovery will be granted at which point we might learn a lot more about the underhanded dealings of the avowed socialist congresswoman.
All of this alleged mishandling of highly regulated campaign receipts and expenditures raises the question why should anyone trust her with properly allocating money raised from a 70% income tax rate?