But all the payments to the LLC were simply reported as "strategic consulting", based on FEC filings reviewed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a right-leaning ethics and accountability nonprofit that filed the complaint.
"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, the progressive firebrand's multimillionaire chief of staff, apparently violated campaign finance law by funneling almost $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled", reports Fox News. One of the thoughts among pundits was that the moment Bernie Sanders entered the race, the very popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would quickly endorse his candidacy. Sen.
Ocasio-Cortez's campaign also paid close to $19,000 to the LLC, according to the complaint.
The funds were expended in support of ten or more Congressional candidates by a for-profit entity called Brand New Congress LLC, apparently operated by Chakrabarti.
As you might have heard, there is quite a selection of people throwing their hat into the ring for a chance to become the Democratic Party's choice to run for president in 2020. But actually running the campaigns - meaning doing direct work for campaigns - is not something a PAC can do for a candidate for free'.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may be in trouble following accusations that she and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, violated campaign finance laws.
Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has complained about facing sexism from critics and opponents since winning her district.
The NLPC claims it was an attempt to avoid reporting campaign expenditures.
If the FEC concludes that the Ocasio-Cortez campaign and Justice Democrats were controlled by the same people and thus affiliated, "then anyone who contributed over $2,700 total to her campaign and the PAC would have made an excessive contribution", former FEC Commissioner Brad Smith told the Daily Caller. "So the power is in the person who's trying, regardless of the success".