Ocasio-Cortez Fundraises Off AIPAC, Says They’re ‘Coming After’ Her



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.

When asked if the complaint proves she is connected to "dark money", Ocasio-Cortez replied, "Oh no, no, I'm 100% people funded, thank you".

Ocasio-Cortez won her primary with less than 17,000 votes, beating the incumbent Joseph Crowley's less than 13,000.

"In the first two weeks of February 2019, Ocasio- Cortez posted numerous videos of official House floor and committee proceedings on her political Twitter and Instagram accounts", the complaint reads.

The NLPC claims Chakrabarti owns and operates Brand New Congress LLC, which they say spent the funds to support the campaigns of 10 or more congressional candidates. This raises the obvious question of what "strategic consulting" work these companies did to earn over $1 million in fees within that time period despite having no recognized activity or personnel apart from Charkrabarti.

Ocasio-Cortez's swift rise and outspoken personality make her a prime target for GOP lawmakers and conservative media outlets.

Ocasio-Cortez had opposed Amazon.com Inc's plan to create a major NY outpost with almost $3 billion in city and state incentives. "And she has also nailed it as a woman in a male-dominated field", said Christian Tamte, one of six Democrats who spoke on a range of issues with CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" this week.

According to Mirati's statement, Brand New Congress LLC was launched along with the PAC as part of an effort to elect progressive non-career politician candidates to Congress.

In the absence of reporting to the FEC, the money could have been pocketed or used to pay for off-the-books campaign operations, argues the complaint, which names Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as respondents.

This is the second complain filed against Ocasio-Cortez this week. Under the agency's rules, for instance, a political committee must provide memos listing all the vendors paid through a campaign credit card, but the agency has not required campaign vendors to detail their payments to other vendors in a similar fashion, he said.

Atop the email is a quote from AIPAC activist Stephen Fiske in which he predicted to the New York Times that Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib "are three people who, in my opinion, will not be around in several years".

Bradley A. Smith, a former chairman of the FEC, called it "a really weird situation". Such an arrangement could have allowed Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to receive donations in excess of the normal limit, by pooling contributions to both the PAC and the campaign itself.

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