AOC’s chief of staff ran $1M slush fund by diverting campaign cash to his own companies

"Two political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat’s chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of “dark money” in politics.

Chakrabarti’s companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.

The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

Campaign finance attorneys described the arrangement as “really weird” and an indication “there’s something amiss.” They said there was no way of telling where the political donations went — meaning they could have been pocketed or used by the company to pay for off-the-books campaign operations.

PACs are required to disclose how and when funds are spent, including for expenditures such as advertisements, fundraising emails, donations to candidates, and payments for events and to vendors.

The private companies to which Chakrabarti transferred the money from the PACs are not subject to these requirements."

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The optics of this are not good :thinking:

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Interesting. This should be fun.

Optics are meaningless in the age of Trump. Did she break the law or not? That’s all that matters.

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Two words: Washington Examiner.

sounds like a 2 yr plus investigation is warranted to me

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I get what youre saying, but,
“run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of “dark money” in politics.”


I agree with the conclusion of the FEC compliant though, which recommends an audit of where those expenses went. I am not sure why anyone would disagree with that.

was the complaint filed with FEC or not?

unless dems find evidence of collusion first

any day now

oh wait they gave up on that. “obstruction” is the new one

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Do you think her constituents will throw her out of office for behavior like this that runs “counter to her pledges”? People used to care about this kind of thing, but those days are gone.

Of course. I don’t see anyone disagreeing with that.

Apparently, team AOC learned well from team Trump.


True, with corruption from the top down, I doubt Republicans will be starting any investigations anytime soon.

Trump is a criminal, they’ll get him for something.

Not a good story for her, but I have pretty much given up reacting much to “breaking” stories these days, seems like the follow up is rarely in-line.

step one: declare trump is a criminal
step two: spend yrs and millions $ trying to find proof of step one

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I was gonna criticize her campaign, but…

The entertainment value of bleating “process crime” over and over and dancing around everything that’s not technically illegal (and some things that are a little bit illegal) is just too much.


If the FEC finds that he violated the rules then it’s simple. He goes. If jail time is warranted then good riddance.
Secondly, if they find that she was aware of his dealings, then she goes too.
I love the fact that she as fake ass conservative’s panties in a huge wad, but unlike Trump ■■■■■■■ it’s easy for me to say that if she knew about it then she should step down.


That’s what politics is now. Republicans investigated the Clintons for decades and mostly came up empty. Democrats have a long way to go with Trump to match that.

No they didn’t. He is being investigated for both

Is it a character flaw that AOC picked a possible flawed character as her chief of staff?

Surrounding yourself with criminal types doesn’t work for everyone.