Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign manager hit with another FEC complaint, allegedly operating ‘subsidy scheme’

Screen grab Saikat Chakrabarti

With yet another ethics complaint filed against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., you begin to get the feeling either she is clueless about what her handlers are doing in her name — a very feasible possibility — or that she’s corrupt to the core.

Allegedly.

The Bronx Bolshevik has had another Federal Election Commission complain filed on her and campaign manager Saikat Chakrabarti, for operating a “subsidy scheme” that ran afoul of campaign finance laws.

More on the latest complaint from Fox News:

The crux of the complaint, which was given exclusively to Fox News in advance of its filing Wednesday, accused Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, of overseeing a “shadowy web” of political action committees (PACs) that allowed them to raise more cash than they could have legally. It also alleged that a limited liability company (LLC) was created to avoid federal expenditure requirements by offering Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic candidates political consulting services at a price so low that the company apparently shut down before the election was even over.

The complaint named Ocasio-Cortez, Chakrabarti (now her chief of staff), the Justice Democrats PAC, the Brand New Congress PAC and Brand New Congress LLC as the overlapping entities that aimed to “subsidize cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value.”

 

Chakrabarti was described as a “tech millionaire” by the New York Post, which also called Ocasio-Cortez’s now-chief of staff “the brains behind initiatives like the Green New Deal.”

He owned a now-defunct company called Brand New Congress LLC, that recruited candidates to run for national office and “fully run all of their campaigns,” Fox News reported, citing a post on the Justice Democrats PAC website.

The PAC that paid Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend $6,000 in 2017 was also founded by Chakrabarti.

Justice Democrats also co-founded by Chakrabarti, according to Fox News. This group helped recruit Ocasio-Cortez to challenge incumbent Joe Crowley, the then-fourth-ranked Democrat in the House. Not only did this cabal find Ocasio-Cortez in a casting call and run her campaign, through Chakrabarti, they control her office and appear to direct her policy initiatives.

The latest complaint was filed by conservative attorney Dan Backer.

“Chakrabarti was trying to create the Uber for politics,” Backer said. “Uber functions because of a massive subsidy from venture capital. Here, it’s subsidized by these PACs to deliver a valuable service that people need and want, but can’t be delivered at the real cost of it.”

Early last month, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti, who worked on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, were hit with an FEC complaint from a watchdog group which said they may have skirted campaign finance law.

More from Fox News:

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.

 

Backer filed another complain against Ocasio-Cortez last month, her third complaint overall, for the unethical use of congressional privileges to set up an official House email address for her boyfriend.

She countered with a weak excuse that her boyfriend was given the designation just so he could have access to her calendar.

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