Democratic voters: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'is the candidate of the future'

Democratic voters: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'is the candidate of the future'

Democratic voters: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'is the candidate of the future'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) insisted on Tuesday that she did not violate any campaign finance laws after a conservative government watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging that she and her chief of staff funneled almost $1 million to his own companies.

Justice Democrats responded to questions about the arrangement in a May 2018 post titled: "When I look at the FEC report for Justice Democrats in 2017, why are there so many expenditures to 'Brand New Congress"? The Act requires that all expenditures of $200 or more to be disclosed to the FEC, and their objective identified.

Ocasio-Cortez responded after the National Legal and Policy Center's Government Integrity Project filed an FEC complaint saying her top aide shifted the funds in what it argued could have been a bid to avoid disclosure.

Critics and conservative groups allege the arrangement, in which a big portion of the money raised by the PAC went to the vendor run by Chakrabarti himself, lacked transparency and was potentially set up to enable Chakrabarti to profit from the arrangement.

After starting Brand New Congress, he formed a Delaware-based LLC, Brand New Campaign LLC.

Crucially, the attorneys emphasized that the way the committees described the services provided by the company was, in brief, no less specific than the law required it to be: "Brand New Congress LLC received guidance from the Federal Election Commission as to how payments from the PACs and the various candidates to Brand New Congress LLC would need to be reported".

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's campaign arm sent out a fundraising plea minutes before Thursday's House vote on an anti-hatred resolution, asking for dollars to defend her and liberal allies Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Hume was surprised that Ocasio-Cortez's "novelty" hadn't worn off already and warned that she will "lead that party off a cliff". Chakrabarti later launched another PAC Justice Democrats to support the effort, which more explicitly focuses on Democratic Party candidates.

Federal rules require candidates and committees to disclose in filings with the Federal Election Commission how they spend donors' money.

"We were transparent about it from the start", he said Tuesday on Twitter. It appears, however, that they underwrote a score of campaign-related events and activities for Ocasio-Cortez and other Congressional candidates.

"It sounds to a lot of people like that's a way to skirt the campaign finance laws in this country", former Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz said on Fox News' "America's Newsroom".

"We're looking for people who are good at what they do", he told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in a 2016 interview.

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