(Gateway Pundit) – According to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Committee Monday (FEC), two PACs founded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide, Saikat Chakrabarti funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, reported the Washington Examiner.
So much for Ocasio-Cortez’s promise to reduce “dark money” in politics!
According to a complaint filed by government watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, it appears Chakrabarti set up his two companies for the sole purpose of hiding how the donations were used.
Above: Saikat Chakrabarti
Chakrabarti founded the two PACs in question in 2016 and 2017.
Brand New Congress was founded in 2016 and Justice Democrats was founded in 2017 with the end goal of getting ultra progressive candidates elected to Congress — ultimately these two PACs helped radical Communist Ocasio-Cortez win a Congressional seat last November.
Chakrabarti AND Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are in SERIOUS TROUBLE!
According to the Daily Caller Foundation AOC and her Chief of Staff may face serious JAIL TIME!
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.
And fellow former FEC commissioner Brad Smith told TheDCNF that if “a complaint were filed, I would think it would trigger a serious investigation.” He also noted that such a probe could potentially result in jail time for Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff, Chakrabarti.
Normally Feisty AOC Goes Silent On Campaign Scandal Accusations Hours After Promoting Her Own Bravery For Confronting “Fake” Attacks
The normally combative Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is usually playing offense on Twitter, mixing it up with people who try to attack her. She’s not familiar with shyness or timidity.
That’s why it’s striking how quiet she’s been since charges surfaced that her “Chief of Staff Ran Slush Fund – Funneled Over $1 Million in Campaign Donations to His Own Companies”
Yikes! That’s a hell of a charge. AOC should be all over this, right?
Since the story broke at around 3:30pm here is what AOC has had time to urgently tweet about, other than the 800lb scandal in the room.
She’s defended institutionalized anti-Semitism in the US Congress:
I‘m curious if Rep. Vargas will further explain his stance here that it’s unacceptable to even *question* US foreign policy.
Plenty of Dem members have asserted that discussion + debate on this issue is fair and merited. Is this stance a departure from that? https://t.co/2tcelsxFCU
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
Shout out to this very NY display of love in the neighborhood yesterday 😂 https://t.co/bAG6bhmoSM
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2019
A tweet about how many people are as hysterical as AOC:
We polled the idea (that @AOC voiced last week) that some young people don't want to have kids because of the threat of climate change.
Turns out 38% of 18-29 year-olds are factoring the Earth's hot future into their decision about whether to have kids.https://t.co/AsQzonkzg4
— Eliza Relman (@eliza_relman) March 4, 2019
Laughably, the tweet she put up just before news of the scandal broke was a clip of herself talking about why she so bravely confronts accusations on Twitter:
Why does @AOC respond to personal attacks on social media? She tells @errollouis that she wanted to "break this fourth wall a little bit" after seeing conspiracy theories that were ignored by politicians start to grow legs. #NY1Politics https://t.co/LpkXwpZ59o pic.twitter.com/q34ynnKXVO
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) March 4, 2019
Yikes. That didn’t age well.
It’s a good thing AOC supports financial investigations because it looks like her Chief of Staff is going to need a lawyer.
.@AOC: "While [President Trump's] talking collusion, collusion, collusion, I think, in Oversight, we should be talking about taxes, taxes, taxes, and his bank account, his bank account, his bank account. His financial statements, statements, statements." pic.twitter.com/dzyr9qhZJN
— The Hill (@thehill) March 4, 2019