AOC, Chief of Staff Accused of Hiding $885K in Donations

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti apparently violated campaign finance law by funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees (PACs) Chakrabarti established to private companies he also controlled.

A filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) claims that Chakrabarti transferred more than $885,000 in contributions to the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC from those PACs to the Brand New Congress LLC — a company that, unlike the PACs, is exempt from reporting all of its expenditures over $200. The PACs claimed the payments were for “strategic consulting.”