AOC's Chief of Staff Embroiled in Alleged Slush Fund Scandal

  • 03/04/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
AOC's Chief of Staff Embroiled in Alleged Slush Fund Scandal
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A complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission today alleges two political action committees founded by democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff funneled more than $1 million in campaign donations into his own private companies. 

Per the Washington Examiner:

The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat's chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of "dark money" in politics.

Chakrabarti's companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.

The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.

Campaign finance attorneys described the arrangement as “really weird” and an indication "there’s something amiss." They said there was no way of telling where the political donations went — meaning they could have been pocketed or used by the company to pay for off-the-books campaign operations.

PACs are required by law to disclose how and when funds are spent. The companies which Chakrabarti transferred the donors' money to are not.
 Source: AAN
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