FEC Ripe With Liberal Hypocrisy

  • 2019-04-24
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
FEC Ripe With Liberal Hypocrisy
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Democrats, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez extoll the virtues of "campaign finance reform" while evidence suggests possible violations of campaign finance laws by her campaign.

Yet the Federal Election Commission (FEC) continues to do nothing to hold progressive members of Congress accountable.

Campaign finance attorney Dan Backer explains:
 

Reflecting on her party’s first 100 days in power, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited H.R. 1 — dubiously dubbed the “For the People Act” — as the most important “symbol of change” passed this year. In reality, the bill is anything but populist in nature, imposing a litany of new campaign finance regulations on those wishing to engage in the political process, while infringing on their free speech and associational rights.

Spanning nearly 600 pages, H.R. 1 would require unprecedented levels of disclosure from nonprofit advocacy groups, trade associations and charities — all in the name of “transparency.” It flies in the face of reason: Empirical evidence has long suggested mandatory disclosure of political activity leads to a drastic decline in political participation. This most adversely affects the “little guy” — everyday Americans who want to have their voices heard, but lack the means to take on Big Government.

Message aside, the Democratic Party is simply the wrong messenger for reform. For years now, high-profile Democrats have played fast and loose with existing campaign finance laws, in search of high-dollar donations at all costs. Some of the most egregious campaign finance scandals to date have arisen from the left.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the radical socialist and media darling — is the latest poster child for illicit activity and sheer hypocrisy. First, she illegally funneled thousands of dollars in official campaign funds through “Brand New Congress PAC” and “Brand New Congress LLC” to her boyfriend, Riley Roberts. Then, Ocasio-Cortez improperly converted House resources to her non-official, personal use by obtaining an official email address for Roberts.


More recently, Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti obtained control of an outside political action committee (PAC) credited with fueling her stunning primary victory against fourth-ranking House Democrat, Congressman Joe Crowley.

Such allegations threaten to expose the New York Democrat to a "serious investigation" and "multiple violations of federal campaign finance law," according to former FEC commissioner Brad Smith.
 Source: AAN
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