The campaign of New York Rep.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her former chief of staff failed to report over $1 million in expenses according to recently released Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. A two-year investigation found that AOC’s former chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, funneled $1 million through two political action committees, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats.
According to The Washington Examiner:
“The FEC has gone after a whole host of people whose violations are dwarfed by the scale of this scheme,” Paul Kamenar, the attorney for the NLPC, said in a statement to the outlet. “It appears to be not prosecutorial discretion, but prosecutorial favoritism.”
The NLPC’s complaint claims that Chakrabarti funneled the money through two political action committees into two organizations, according to the outlet. The money transferred might have been in violation of the $5,000 limit for donations to federal candidates, according to the complaint.
The FEC investigation revealed that the two PACs “did not properly disclose the purpose of the disbursements” to the shell companies.
“It was highly irregular for the FEC to release its statement of reasons after the deadline for us to file suit,” Tom Anderson, the director for the NLPC’s Government Integrity Project, told the outlet.
The FEC’s findings come more than 30 days after the agency voted to dismiss the complaint against Ocasio-Cortez