Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is playing with the adults now, and that means adult problems.
She’s put her foot in her mouth, been caught making false claims, gotten into tiffs with members of her own party, and most famously launched a policy proposal so scandalously bad Democrats consider it an attack just to have to vote on it. And now she’s getting hit with an accusation of breaking campaign-finance laws.
From Fox News:
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, the progressive firebrand’s multimillionaire chief of staff, apparently violated campaign finance law by funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled, according to an explosive complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and obtained by Fox News […]
The FEC complaint asserts that Chakrabarti established two PACs, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then systematically transfered more than $885,000 in contributions received by those PACs to the Brand New Campaign LLC and the Brand New Congress LLC — companies that, unlike PACs, are exempt from reporting all of their significant expenditures. The PACs claimed the payments were for “strategic consulting.”
Although large financial transfers from PACs to LLCs are not necessarily improper, the complaint argues that the goal of the “extensive” scheme was seemingly to illegally dodge detailed legal reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which are designed to track campaign expenditures.
As you’d expect, AOC isn’t feeling particularly talkative about this mess:
AOC flees questions on allegations she may have violated campaign finance laws
Q: “Do you have any comment on the FEC violation filed against your office?”
AOC: “There is no violation…there’s no violation”
Q: “Do you think that’s a sign of you taking dark money?”
AOC: “No” pic.twitter.com/nIX6FSHyqE
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 5, 2019
Our friends at Twitchy have collected some priceless responses:
the nerves grip her when the REAL MEDIA gets close…. get her on a debate stage she will fold in seconds
— 🏁 Mario Trumpetti 🏎 (@SpeedyFastMario) March 5, 2019
Should Ocasio Cortez go to prison?
The cocky talkative @AOC suddenly sounds meek.
— Jim (@Bassmaster12) March 5, 2019
Pretty early in your career to be running from reporters.
— MacroAggressions ❌ (@DenierNyc) March 5, 2019
Campaign-finance violations are hardly a unique or party-specific sin, nor are they what should matter most to everyday Americans. And to be sure, our campaign-finance laws could use more than a little pruning.
But this scandal is particularly satisfying to see from AOC’s camp, considering that, like any good little grassroots Progressive, she has taken it upon herself to be a vocal critic of “dark money,” as if the mere act of spending money to promote your political values and interests is intrinsically corrupt.
Leftists (and liberal Swamp Republicans) are the ones who gave us our current system; it’s only fitting that they get burned on it every once in a while.
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