Attorney Gayle Trotter discusses how a conservative group filed a FEC compliant against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti for potentially violating a campaign finance law.
First reported by conservative news outlets, the Washington Post followed up with report Tuesday that said that the arrangement was a "sharp juxtaposition" with Ocasio-Cortez's calls for transparency in politics, noting that the congresswoman has called dark money "the enemy to democracy".
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A typical PAC has to disclose how the funds are used, including all campaign events, advertising, and donations to candidates.
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.
The group not only raised funds for her, but also "built a phone-banking tool that allowed over 1,000 volunteers to make over 192,000 calls to over 86,000 voters for the Ocasio-Cortez campaign" and "mobilized volunteers to knock on doors, helped build Ocasio-Cortez's digital and communications infrastructure and eventually jumped in to help staff her campaign". 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.
"If the PACs and campaigns were required to provide additional information on subvendor payments made by Brand New Congress LLC, it would have done so", he wrote.
As late as July 10, 2018, two weeks after Ocasio-Cortez's primary, the website stated that the Justice Democrat's board only included two members-Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti, who had "legal control over the entity". "So the power is in the person who's trying, regardless of the success".