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

08 March, 2019, 04:29 | Author: Corey Lynch
  • FEC Complaint Filed Against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'Extensive Off-the-Books' Campaign

The watchdog says that Ocasio-Cortez committed a number of violations.

The complaint states that the Policy Center "has found reason to believe [the] Respondents knowingly and willfully violated 2 U.S.C. 434 (b)(5)(A)", a provision of USA campaign finance law that requires the treasurer of any registered political committee to report the name and address of anyone who receives more than $200 in campaign-related spending from that committee, along with the dates and goal of that spending.

A number of people also seemed unamused by the congresswoman's assessment of the "GOP amendment" she mentioned.

But all the payments to the LLC were simply reported as "strategic consulting", based on FEC filings reviewed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a right-leaning ethics and accountability nonprofit that filed the complaint. Even more tellingly, while Brand New Campaign LLC is registered in DE, there are no Secretary of State records for Brand New Congress LLC, and the time or location of its incorporation remain unknown.

The NLPC alleges that Ocasio-Cortez and the others named in the complaint diverted almost a million dollars in campaign donations to the coffers of a for-profit entity operated by Chakrabarti. "If the PACs and campaigns were required to provide additional information on subvendor payments made by Brand New Congress LLC, it would have done so", Mitrani said. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), who Ocasio-Cortez defeated for re-election in 2018. It appears, however, that they underwrote a score of campaign-related events and activities for Ocasio-Cortez and other Congressional candidates.




In a blog post by National Legal and Policy Center Chairman Peter Flaherty regarding the complaint, he highlighted Ocasio-Cortez's history of advocacy against "so-called dark money" and in favor of transparency in money in politics, suggesting hypocrisy when it came to the actions of her top aide.

According to Mirati's statement, Brand New Congress LLC was launched along with the PAC as part of an effort to elect progressive non-career politician candidates to Congress.

The group has called the "Green New Deal" an unrealistic and potentially ruinous plan for the USA economy that would require massive government spending.

"We were transparent about it from the start", he said Tuesday on Twitter. He discussed the strategy in a 2016 MSNBC interview, and the PACs posted explanations about the LLC's role on their websites.

"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".

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