Conservatives target Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal' in NY billboards

Muriel Colon
March 8, 2019

Commenting on a tweet about Rep. Steve Scalise suggesting that Omar should not be getting intelligence briefings, Ocasio-Cortez inquired why, "if we're so concerned about implied tropes", no concern was seemingly exhibited over 26 Democrats voting "for a GOP amendment to expand ICE powers rooted in the racist + false trope that Latino immigrants are more unsafe than U.S. born citizens". The Act requires that all expenditures of $200 or more to be disclosed to the FEC, and their goal identified. "The ONLY way to do work for multiple candidates legally at this scale is to create an LLC and act as a vendor", the group said.

But the Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a complained with the FEC alleging that Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, orchestrated "an extensive operation to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign spending during the 2018 campaign".

"It appears "strategic consulting" was a mischaracterization of a wide range of activities that should have been reported individually", the complaint stated. "In that time, the sum of $1,045,000 was apparently paid in several tranches to "Brand New Campaign LLC" and 'Brand New Congress LLC" - two private companies controlled by AOC's Chief of Staff. The PACs claimed the payments were for "strategic consulting".

An attorney for the campaign, the PACs and Chakrabarti's company told the Post that Chkrabarti was never paid a salary or profit by any of the three entities.

He said the political committees did not disclose who ultimately received money from the LLC because Federal Election Commission staffers told the corporation that it did not have to provide those details.

The Brand New Congress PAC was founded in April 2016 by former volunteers and staff of the presidential campaign of Sen.

Federal Election Commission officials said this week that they were barred by agency rules from commenting on any matters pending before the commission.

He said the Ocasio-Cortez "bubble will burst" eventually, but he added that he hopes it lasts until after the 2020 election.

He helped found both Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats, with the goal of bringing new and progressive members like Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, to Congress.

The payments were apparently made for the goal of "Strategic Consulting", which is - to say the least - extremely ambiguous, if not outright suspicious. So, we were transparent about it from the start, ' he said.

The final disposition of the funds is unknown because whatever expenditures were made were never reported to the FEC.

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