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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatens primary challenges to Dems who vote with GOP

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Sandra Phillips | 05 March, 2019, 22:51

The Washington Examiner reports that an FEC complaint has been filed today against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, questioning the financial arrangements between two PACs and two LLCs that he controls.

National Review Contributing Editor Deroy Murdock, attorney Danielle McLaughlin and Fox News contributor Kat Timpf on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's defense of the Green New Deal against mounting criticisms.

Moore also slammed the Green New Deal as being "so completely insane it is bound to be rejected in the end", while calling the young Democrat a "garden-variety hypocrite", in response to a New York Post story that said Ocasio-Cortez frequently used gas-guzzling Uber and Lyft rides during her 2018 campaign instead of car-sharing or taking the subway.

"If the Federal Election Commission (FEC) finds that the New York Democrat's campaign operated in affiliation with the PAC, which had raised more than $1.8 million before her June 2018 primary, it would open them up to 'massive reporting violations, probably at least some illegal contribution violations exceeding the lawful limits, '" Smith told the news organization.

The complaint names Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as respondents.

Chakrabarti wouldn't comment for the story so we don't have his side of this yet. But he defended the set-up on Twitter, saying, "We were doing something totally new, which meant a new setup. But then they started to grow, and as we say, they grow legs and start walking around".

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A separate explanation posted by Justice Democrats, one of the political action committees, previous year cast the arrangement as above-board.

The National Legal and Policy Center wants the FEC to audit the two operations in question - Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC - claiming they were part of "an elaborate scheme to avoid proper disclosure of campaign expenditures". During her campaign, AOC was paying Chakrabarti's Brave New Congress LLC for strategic consulting services.

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 created to track campaign expenditures. He stated that one of the campaign's priorities is to "get rid of the influence of money in politics".

"This is the very thing that hides a lot of money", Chaffetz said of the arrangement outlined in the complaint.

We'll have to wait and see what the FEC makes of these complaints.

"A provision of federal campaign finance law requires that any Commission action on an enforcement complaint be kept strictly confidential until the case is resolved", spokesman Myles Martin told Fox News.

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