New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday denied a violation of the campaign finance law after filing a conservative government review complaint with the Federal Election Commission, accusing that the Democratic Legislature and the Head of Personnel were part of an "off-the-book operation". last year hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on candidates.
"No Breach," Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News only after arriving at Ronald Reagan National Airport on Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez replied, "No, no.
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The complaint was made by the Virginia-based National Legal and Political Center. He accuses Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, his head of personnel, of spending nearly $ 1 million on contributions from Chakrabart Political Action Committees, which he has set up for private companies.
The sources written by NLPC probably turned to the campaign campaigns of Ocasio-Cortez and other democratic candidates on the left, supported by Chakrabarti, who had luck in Silicon Valley and previously worked for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. However, there is no accurate cost accounting, and the complaint asks FEC to investigate the matter immediately.
Chakrabarti did not send any comments. But he defended Twitter, saying, "We did something completely new, which meant a new setting. So we were transparent from the beginning. ”
The special explanation sent by the Judiciary Democrats, one of the Political Action Committees, raised the agreement last year. "The only way for many of these applicants to work legally is to create an LLC and act as a supplier," the group said.
FEC's complaint claims that Chakrabarti has created two PACs, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then regularly paid over $ 885,000 to the PAC for Brand New Campaign LLC. and Brand New Congress LLC. unlike PACs, they are exempt from reporting any major expenditure. PACs claimed that payments were "strategic advice".
Although large financial transfers from PACs to LLCs are not necessarily inappropriate, the complaint argues that the purpose of the "extensive" system was to illegally eliminate the detailed legal reporting requirements of the 1971 Federal Election Campaign Act for Tracking your campaign spend. .
Critics say the layout is unusual and must be tried.
"It seems as much as one to apply campaign finance laws in the country," said former Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz in Fox News. "And the FEC and other regulators have to go in and find out where that money was – whether it was in the pockets of people?"
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Some suggest that the complaint may be a sign of the hypocrisy of democracies who have embraced "dark money" in politics. In the last month, Ocasio-Cortez's video recording at the congressional hearing was reviewed by experts for about 40 million issues of dark money and campaign finance.
"The Ocasio-Cortez spokesman was very loud in the condemnation of the so-called dark money, but his own campaign was very long to avoid the sun," said Tom Anderson, director of NLPC Government Integrity Project.
"That's a lot of money," Chaffetz said of the arrangement outlined in the complaint.
A FEC spokesman refused to comment on the complaint on Tuesday.
"The provision of the Federal Campaign Financing Act requires that any action taken by the Commission in relation to an enforcement complaint is strictly confidential until the case is resolved," said Myles Martin spokesman for Fox News.
Fox News Gregg Re and Lillian LeCroy have contributed to this report.