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Ocasio-Cortez Slapped With FEC Complaint For Allegedly Laundering Money to Her Boyfriend

Payments made to Riley Roberts, the boyfriend of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have spurred an FEC complaint filing from a Republican group.

The Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed the complaint alleging that the socialist Democrat may have illegally funneled thousands of dollars through an allied PAC to Roberts.

Inquiries began when Roberts was reportedly listed as having an official congressional email account, something that violates House ethics rules. Ocasio-Cortez defended the decision to provide her boyfriend with the email account by saying he isn’t a paid staffer and that he simply needs access to her congressional calendar.

Further scrutiny revealed that Roberts had received payments for ‘marketing services’ through a PAC hired by the freshman congresswoman.

What the Complaint Says

According to the complaint, “Ocasio-Cortez converted official funds raised through contributions to her candidate committee to personal use by transferring a total of $6,191.32 from her campaign committee to Brand New Congress PAC in late August and September 2017, which contemporaneously had its affiliated LLC pay $6,000 to her boyfriend, Riley.”

The group contends that the payment potentially ran afoul of campaign finance law.

“On information and belief,” the group writes, “the true intent of the payment to Riley was to provide personal benefit to a boyfriend, rather than defray bona fide campaign expenses.”

“It’s not illegal for [Ocasio-Cortez] to pay her boyfriend, but it appears that they created some sort of scheme to avoid claiming the money [as a campaign expense],” an attorney who filed the complaint told Fox News. “What exactly did he do for that money?”

The Response

A spokesman for the PAC involved in the complaint claims all of the payments are legal, claiming Roberts was hired based “on his experience managing successful advertising and social media campaigns.”

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez fired off a tweet denying any impropriety and alleging that “the conspiracy machine is in full effect.”

“No, I don’t shadily pay my boyfriend,” she wrote. “Come on & VET.”

With an FEC complaint now filed and ethics violations being alleged, it would appear that at least some people are indeed vetting Ocasio-Cortez’ actions.

On Wednesday, the New York arm of the GOP also claimed they’d be filing a complaint.

“Bet your bottom dollar when [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] uses a PAC supporting her campaign to pay her boyfriend the GOP is going to file an FEC complaint,” they wrote on Twitter. “She blows a lot of hot air, but is knee-deep in the muddy swamp.”

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 bet she stole money from the till as a bartender and gave her boyfriend a bunch of free drinks. With her big mouth and attituede, I bet she barely made enough money in tips to live.

  • And so it starts! $6000 is small potatoes but, "that was easy she says, how much should we go for next time??" hahahahahahaha

  • No matter what crimes she commits nothing will happen just like all the other crooks. She is a dummy but has enough smarts to always be in the news.

  • Hers my take on Cortez
    1.She is sneaky and devious and unless anyone is that blind then they don't know what is next concerning her.
    2.She is way too liberal and a constant trouble maker and makes even the GOP nervous too as well.
    3.She isn't fit enough to do her own job without poking her nose into things she has no clue about.

  • Amazing how fast she is embracing the swamp of D.C. What is she paying her boyfriend for? Why does a boyfriend need any access to the government emails? He is just a boyfriend!

  • if Trump did pay the whore Stormy at least he paid out of his pocket .Not campaign contributions given by voters .That's not hers to give away yet

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