Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Fundraises Off Election Loss Prediction

Cortez arrives for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Feb. 27 2019

Cortez arrives for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Feb. 27 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) insisted on Tuesday that she did not violate any campaign finance laws after a conservative government watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that she and her chief of staff funneled almost $1 million to his own companies.

In an email to supporters who contributed to her shock midterm victory over veteran Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., team AOC repeated a quote American Israel Public Affairs Committee activist Stephen Fiske gave to The New York Times predicting the future losses for Ocasio-Cortez, and Reps. The corporation, Brand New Congress LLC, is owned by Saikat Chakrabarti, her now-chief of staff. Ocasio-Cortez's congressional campaign also reportedly paid Chakrabarti's company an additional $18,880 in 2017 for consulting.

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. But he defended the set-up on Twitter, saying, "We were doing something totally new, which meant a new setup". "If the PACs and campaigns were required to provide additional information on subvendor payments made by Brand New Congress LLC, it would have done so", Mitrani said.

The complaint details that the LLC, called Brand New Congress, had an "apparent role ... to act as a conduit for money" raised by federal candidates and the two PACs, Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC.

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"When they disclosed a large chunk of the PACs spending through one LLC just as strategic consulting, that is a legitimate warning flag", said Noti, who is now with the Washington-based nonprofit Campaign Legal Center.

Hume was surprised that Ocasio-Cortez's "novelty" hadn't worn off already and warned that she will "lead that party off a cliff". So, we were transparent about it from the start, ' he said. He did not mention that it would also free candidates from the responsibility of disclosure.

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.

"It sounds to a lot of people like that's a way to skirt the campaign finance laws in this country", former Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom". He discussed the strategy in a 2016 MSNBC interview, and the PACs posted explanations about the LLC's role on their websites.

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