Fox News obtained a complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), that states Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, allegedly violated campaign finance law by "funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees (PAC) Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled."
The FEC complaint states Chakrabarti established two PACs, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then systematically transferred more than $885,000 in contributions received by those PACs to the Brand New Campaign LLC and the Brand New Congress LLC, which are companies exempt from reporting all of their significant expenditures. The complaint also 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, Fox News reports.
"It appears 'strategic consulting' was a mischaracterization of a wide range of activities that should have been reported individually," the complaint states.
A former FEC commissioner told The Daily Caller News Foundation Monday that "Ocasio-Cortez and her team could separately be facing major fines and potentially even jail time if they were knowingly and willfully violating the law by hiding their control of the Justice Democrats PAC."
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