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AOC, Chief of Staff Reportedly Hid $1 Million in Campaign Contributions – Could Face Jail Time?

An explosive complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by a non-profit group alleges New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, illegally funneled nearly $1 million in campaign contributions to privately owned companies.

The companies, controlled by Chakrabarti, allegedly received cash transfers from a pair of political action committees (PACs) that he personally oversaw.

The complaint, filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, alleges that Ocasio-Cortez’ top aide engaged in “an elaborate scheme to avoid proper disclosure of campaign expenditures” and that the effort was “coordinated” with other “respondents,” including the congresswoman herself.

News of the complaint has led to speculation, including by a former FEC commissioner, that if the campaign knowingly violated the law as alleged, Ocasio-Cortez and her staff could be facing substantial fines or possibly jail time.

So Much For Reducing ‘Dark Money’ In Politics

During her campaign, Ocasio-Cortez lamented the “power of dark money” and pledged to reduce it from her own personal efforts.

The complaint filed by the NLPC, however, accuses her staff of orchestrating “an extensive off-the-books operation to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures in support of multiple candidates for federal office.”

They write that the expenditures may have been used for campaign events, but there is no measure accounting for that use.

Tom Anderson, director of the NLPC’s Government Integrity Project, railed against the campaign’s actions.

“These are not minor or technical violations,” Anderson said in a statement. “We are talking about real money here.”

“In all my years of studying FEC reports, I’ve never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements,” he added. “Representative Ocasio-Cortez has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure.”

Jail Time?

Former FEC commissioner Brad Smith told the Daily Caller that Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff face serious penalties for their actions.

“If this were determined to be knowing and willful, they could be facing jail time,” Smith alleged. “Even if it’s not knowing and willful, it would be a clear civil violation of the act, which would require disgorgement of the contributions and civil penalties. I think they’ve got some real issues here.”

Former FEC Associate General Counsel for Policy Adav Noti also questioned the campaign’s setup.

“The law requires the PAC to report who it disperses money to,” Noti told Fox News. “You can’t try to evade that by routing it through an LLC or corporation or anyone else.”

Mounting Troubles

The latest FEC complaint comes as another had been filed last week alleging that the socialist Democrat may have illegally funneled thousands of dollars through an allied PAC to her boyfriend.

Chakrabarti defended against a previous allegation that the boyfriend had been hired by the Congresswoman and added to a congressional email account in violation of House Ethics Rules, claiming it was common practice.

In a far less serious but amusing controversy, Chakrabarti was pictured downing a hamburger at a restaurant after his boss told Americans they need to cut down on hamburger intake.

The New York GOP writes of Ocasio-Cortez, “She blows a lot of hot air, but is knee-deep in the muddy swamp.”

These mounting allegations seem to suggest that is an accurate statement.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • I vet she stole money from the bar she worked at. With her attitude, personality and big mouth; she couldn't make enough tips to live on. No wonder she was complaining about salaries. I wouldn't hire her in a new york minute

  • Who let this Ocasio-Cortez screwball invade the District of Columbia? Take her out any way you can.

  • Send her to jail, she then can practice her Green Deal. Free food, free transportation, free bed, free socializing, free spouting off about how bad the justice system is operated and free air to breathe that is contaminated so she can test while she is right. Make that 12 years, the world be gone by then and we won't to put up with her ever again. The MSM could join her, we will get rid of them also.. Watch out for the cow farts.

  • THIS WOMAN, ALONG WITH OMAR, SARSOUR AND OTHER "RADICAL ISLAMISTS" are destroying the very fabric of a once great REPUBLIC!

  • Has the Sorry Sorrow king promised ANY fine, penalty, etc., the Democrats DARE to charge one of his pupil puppets will be cut out of his WILL! THAT includes Fancy Nancy, one of his favorites! Who's his once; Rising STAR ( especially, after she pushed the Ultimate Puppet past the vetting station on a conveyor belt downhill!), now fading like dad's ten old overalls! The Good Lord is giving our President plenty of time to carry out his plans while the cat fights, mouse fights, and general acting up of the "Going through Puberty Politicians" on the LEFT! Til, nothings LEFT of the left!

  • I am sick of reading about the downfall of these wicked idiots only to find that they are escalated in their positions.
    It's extremely upsetting.. the injustice is upsetting.... I wish I knew how to undo the popups I get from the political insider.
    if it's all about unfairness and there is nothing we can do - why tell us?? Why do we need to be sickened all the time???

  • Yes! Send her and Chief of Staff to jail! Did not take lone for her to steal and lie did it? Take the 2 Muslim women that they helped get into Congress with them!

  • “If this were determined to be knowing and willful, they could be facing jail time,"
    How could you possibly NOT know you were willfully transferring $1,000,000 to your private companies?

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