Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff Accused of Hiding Campaign Funds

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff Accused of Hiding Campaign Funds March 4, 2019

Somehow, I knew we would end up here. I just didn’t expect it to be so soon!

I mean, serious question here for the defenders of freshmen Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her radical, reckless, oh-so-woke socialist policies: At what point would you say her scam of pushing an oppressive, economy-killing policy on the rest of us, while using Congress as a sweet, sweet grift opportunity for she and her boyfriend will begin to rub you the wrong way?

So back on February 21 I wrote about AOC’s full belly-flop into the swamp, as she set up a plush love nest for she and her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, in a ritzy section of Washington, D.C.

A few of you objected to my pointing out that she’d appointed Roberts as a staffer, along with a few other uncomfortable details.

While we talk about her behind the scenes wheeling and dealing, we can’t forget about her Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti.

Chakrabarti was most vocal in defending AOC’s shady campaign activities.

Chakrabarti owns a PAC called Brand New Congress, associated with Justice Democrats, an organization formed by Chakrabarti and Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur.

I covered that, also, on February 20. From that piece:

At the beginning of 2017, Chakrabarti created Brand New Congress, an organization dedicated to shaking things up in Democratic primaries. It’s a rather ingenious organization, but one that dwells in a legal gray-area as far as campaign finance law is concerned. It facilitates campaigns on shoestring budgets by providing a single clearinghouse for campaign services, generally filed under the banner of “strategic consulting”. But, as a result, it limits the meaningfulness of FEC disclosures by those campaigns. Additionally, it means that Brand New Congress, unlike most PACs, spends most of its budget on overhead and makes relatively few actual contributions to candidates.

Additionally, Brand New Congress is not one thing, but rather two. It’s a nonqualified political action committee — a PAC — that can raise and bundle campaign contributions for candidates. Donations and expenditures from PACs, like those to and by candidates, are publicly disclosed. However, Brand New Congress is also a LLC, owned by Chakrabarti, that provides campaign services to candidates to help lower the barriers to entry. LLCs do not have to disclose or itemize their spending.

This is a clever way to try to make running for office easier and to place a lot of small bets on a lot of insurgent candidates and hope for a few lucky wins. And that pretty much seems to be what happened.

Over the course of the cycle, Justice Democrats would pay Brand New Congress LLC $605,849.12. They would also share an address. In May, Brand New Congress changed the address for its custodian of records to 714 South Gay Street in Knoxville, TN. In August, it switched addresses again, but in December of 2017, Justice Democrats registered at the address. AOC also used the Knoxville address in her first candidate filing, which incorrectly registered her to run in New York’s 15th Congressional District.

Brand New Congress ended up paying $261,165.20 over the course of AOC’s campaign, with several of its largest “consulting” payments made to – Riley Roberts, who now lives with AOC as her “partner.”

Ok, so that was the first bit of news, so let’s get back to Chakrabarti, the wealthy donor who received a top spot in AOC’s office, as what can only be deemed a “reward” for his efforts.

A complaint was filed against Saikat Chakrabarti on Monday with the FEC, claiming he illegally funneled a hefty $1 million to several companies that he owned.

Saikat Chakrabarti set up Brand New Congress PAC to collect and bundle donations for newbie politicians including Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. He then diverted more than $1 million into two of his companies that did campaign work, skirting reporting requirements, said the complaint by the National Legal and Policy Center.

“These are not minor or technical violations. We are talking about real money here,” said Tom Anderson, director of NLPC’s Government Integrity Project. “In all my years of studying FEC reports, I’ve never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements.”

I mean, is he distributing that money evenly to the people, setting up affordable housing for the unwashed masses, as is the proclaimed goal of the great socialist princess, AOC?

I’m confused as to how this is in line with her vision, at least, the line she feeds to the gullible rubes that support her.

This isn’t even the only FEC complaint that has been filed.

The Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed a complaint last week, based on what they call a scheme to funnel those PAC funds to the boyfriend.

“The timing and amounts of these transactions, the use of two affiliated entities as intermediaries, the vague and amorphous nature of the services Riley ostensibly provided, the magnitude of these transactions compared to both the limited funds the campaign had raised at the time and the total amount of its expenditures, and the romantic relationship between Ocasio-Cortez and Riley collectively establish reason to believe these transactions may have violated campaign finance law,” said the complaint.

This is quite the ugly distortion of her stated principles, if proven true.

And while AOC struts around, calling herself “the boss,” she may very well see herself referred to as “co-defendant” in a federal corruption case, before she manages to get a half term under her designer belt.

 

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  • JASmius

    Socialism, whether of the Marxian/Obamunist/AOC strain or the Trump/”nationalist”/”populist” variety, is inherently synonymous with corruption because Big Government, statism, and authoritarianism are the common threads that run through and intertwine both. It’s why they’re two sides of the same unibrow coin, and why both parties are worthless.

    As respective partisan archetypes, Trump and AOC may claim to loathe each other, but while Trump is Otis The Well-Dressed Town Wino while AOC is a giant, real-life, glamorized porg (Star Wars The Last Jedi reference, for the record), they are in reality two rancid peas in the same grifting pod.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Though I did not catch all the references, I DID catch the context.

    I could not agree with you more.

  • Rick

    Unfortunately, as has been proven by the Trumpoholics, there is no ‘point’ to far for the supporters of these grifters.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    We saw the same unthinking worship of and defenses of Obama during his “reign”. Obama was just more subtle and more able to (and willing) to cover up his graft and corruption than Trump is.

    Perhaps it’s Trump’s heavy-handedness, in-your-face attitude to his corruption or perhaps it’s the GOP’s compliance with Trump’s anti-Constitutional power grabs (Not just Congress but all the outside “CONsultants”, lawyers, & opinionated know-nothings that have not read the Constitution since grade school – if then), but I see a much more obvious patter with Trump than was obvious with Obama.

    Obama is (particularly in hindsight) at least as corrupt and dirty as Trump, surrounding himself with boot-licking lapdogs willing to subvert our laws and our Constitution to protect and defend “the One” while lavishing him with constant praise to feed his ego and his arrogance. Like Trump, Obama just had to muse aloud in public that he wishes something would happen and his bootlickers go right out and make it happen. Like Trump Obama found this technique particularly useful to give orders to his mob while maintaining plausible deniability. We (in the general public) just did not hear about Obama’s worship sessions with his minions where he accepted their loyalty and fealty as much as we are forced to watch Trump’s televised self-love sessions.

    Personally, I can not stomach watching either one.

  • sometypeofguy

    Yep those two have a *lot* in common.

  • sometypeofguy

    Nonsense. There is no comparison. There is no Obaman analogue to the Trump hotels, Mar-a-lago, Jarvanka, “Grab-em-by the p*ssy,” daily lie-filled tweetstorms, Helskinki summit with no US translator, constant insults and putdowns, “If she weren’t my daughter perhaps I’d be dating her.” I could go on. I know you and many conservatives have an irrational hate for Obama, but there is no reasonable comparison with Trump.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Of course there is. Compare what Holder DID for Obama (protection from all legal issues, refusal to prosecute obvious wrongdoing by Democdrats [such as Lerner & Black Panthers] in the Democrat Party, make legal excuses for executive power grabs, etc) with what Trump WANTED Sessions & Comey to do (cancel Russia investigation, not prosecute his good friend Hillary, send threatening letters to political enemies, withhold embarrassing information from Congress, etc), then threw tantrums when they refused to violate their oaths and sully their offices by complying.

    Obama gave tacit approval and verbal support to BLM’s cop-killers, to the gay-agenda when they went after Christians on social media, refused to defend DOMA as Constitutionally rerquired to do, Obama abused executive orders with DACA, with Obamacare coverate requirements and denied basic Constitutional rights to religious freedom and conscience by forcing nuns and Churches to pay for birth control. Obama attempted to coerce the USSC over Obamacare – even threatening Judge Roberts by threatening to ruin the Cout’s reputation via social media.

    Like I said, Obama was just a lot more subtle than Trump was, but Trump has obstructed justice (no clear-thinking individual can now deny that, abused Executive Orders, started unwinable trade wars that are damaging our economy, pandering to dictators while ignoring his own advisors and intelligence community (much like Obama ignored his advisors in negotiating with Cuba, signing DACA and making so many international agreements (such as that with Iran, the Paris “climate” boondoggle that would commit the US to massive payouts in “reparation” for a successful economy, Obama’s apology tour of Muslim countries where he apologized for the US not being more Muslim and bowed to the Saudi King, and Obama’s surrender and retreat in Iraq after the victory had been won. There was Obama’s pull-out that allowed the rise and establishment of ISIS (again against the advice of the military and national security expertise).

    We heard SOME of the inside debates that went on between Obama and his advisors and between the WH and Congress, but the Democrats (for the most part) were able to exclude the press and cover up most of their more violent internal disagreements.

    Trump’s heavy-handedness, arrogance, mean-spiritedness and vanity make such cover-up impossible for the Republicans as does Trumps’ predilection for bragging on twitter and exposing internal discussions that would be better kept confidential (secret).

    Obama’s administration was a lot sneakier than Trumps was because Obama actually had a vision to destroy our Republic and replace our Republic with a Socialist state. Obamacare was just supposed to be one step of many, but blew up in his face so he could not continue taking over our economy with Constitution-killing laws. Obama relied heavily on Pelosi and Harry Reid to block Congress from being able to challenge his power grabs and they succeeded for him – Harry Reid especially – by refusing to allow Republican amendments to power-grabbing laws, by refusing to consider Republican-passed bills, by refusing to make good on deals they made with Republicans, by ignoring or insuring the spending caps always got raised to allow whatever spending Obama wanted, by authorizing foreign ownership of so much of our energy sources (Chinese ownership of solar plants, Russian ownership of Uranium output, etc). Obama’s congress passed cap-and-trade and was on the verge of passing TPP to undermine US Sovereignty, giving China (among other nations) power to force us to change our laws in their favor.

    Obama was DEFINITELY as much a danger to this country as Trump currently is. Democrats just refuse to admit that the object of their worship could have been as bad as Trump.

  • Mike

    It’s pretty obvious to me that while most are preoccupied by our current President…out of sight/mind of most people, a takeover of the Democratic party is now underway. If you want to take the Red Pill read the article in Politico – “There Is Going to Be a War Within the Party. We Are Going to Lean Into It.’
    The Justice Democrats helped get Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez elected. Who are they after next?” Then do a search for a YouTube video called – “The Brains Behind AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez” This will get you started in learning who is pulling the strings…behind the scene. The first step in attacking the GOP is first purging much of the current “old school” Democratic party…replacing all with hand picked socialists. As per Saikat Chakrabarti, Cenk Uygur and Alexandria Rojas’s plan…