Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her top staffer Saikat Chakrabarti have been accused of violating Federal Election Commission laws by funneling $900K from campaign donations to private companies. Shorter: AOC, the socialist champion of the people, is being accused of playing dirty money. When asked, Ocasio-Cortez, who has so much to say on Twitter, was quite silent.
AOC flees questions on allegations she may have violated campaign finance laws
Q: “Do you have any comment on the FEC violation filed against your office?”
AOC: “There is no violation…there’s no violation”
Q: “Do you think that’s a sign of you taking dark money?”
AOC: “No” pic.twitter.com/nIX6FSHyqE
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 5, 2019
The latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint accuses the pair of violating campaign finance law by funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies he also controlled. Although large financial transfers from PACs to LLCs are not necessarily improper, the complaint argues that the goal of the “extensive” scheme was seemingly to illegally dodge detailed legal reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which are designed to track campaign expenditures.
Now I’m not a lawyer, a politician, or someone who has a vast understanding of FEC laws. By any stretch. But what it looks like, at first, second, and third readings, is Chakrabarti doing himself some favors with campaign contributions supposedly bookmarked for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s election. But rather than going to the election, those funds went to companies in Chakrabarti’s control. Which, at least according to the report in the video above, he tagged as “oh it’s for strategic consulting.”
What the heck does “strategic consulting” mean? Is that like when I describe something as “interesting”? It’s a loaded word meant to mean whatever the person hearing wants it to mean?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has no problem telling other people what they should and shouldn’t do with their money, how they should and should not travel while traveling however she wants, but never follows the rules herself. Par for the course for socialists: the rules are for thee, not for me.
Except the rules do apply here, darling. It’s not looking good. Related: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Offended by Billboard Criticizing Amazon Screw-Up.