The NLPC claims Chakrabarti owns and operates Brand New Congress LLC, which they say spent the funds to support the campaigns of 10 or more congressional candidates.
Ocasio-Cortez had opposed Amazon.com Inc's plan to create a major NY outpost with almost $3 billion in city and state incentives. "In all my years of studying FEC reports, I've never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements". He did not mention that it would also free candidates from the responsibility of disclosure.
Conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center on Monday filed a complaint to the Federal Election Commission alleging Chakrabarti's LLC raised the issue of transparency with the way it masked its subvendors by lumping together the PAC's expenditures as generic "strategic consulting" payments to the firm.
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Per the NLPC complaint, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were wrongly unlisted as controlling the PACs which were reportedly funneling money back into their campaign coffers. One of the thoughts among pundits was that the moment Bernie Sanders entered the race, the very popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would quickly endorse his candidacy. Sen. Under the agency's rules, for instance, a political committee must provide memos listing all the vendors paid through a campaign credit card, but the agency has not required campaign vendors to detail their payments to other vendors in a similar fashion, he said.
David Mitrani, an attorney for the Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, the two PACs, and the company told ABC News in a statement that all of the entities have "fully complied with the law and the highest ethical standards". So, we were transparent about it from the start, ' he said.
Brand New Campaign LLC was registered as a private company in the state of DE in May 2016, and in Tennessee in February 2017. "In fact, Saikat Chakrabarti stated on national television on May 19, 2016 that Brand New Congress LLC created the campaign infrastructure and ran all of the fundraising and volunteering operations for the campaigns". By not providing more specific information in their FEC filings about the nature of the services provided by the company, the NLPC has argued, the PACs - including Ocasio-Cortez's campaign committee - appear to have violated campaign finance law.
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He helped found both Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats, with the goal of bringing new and progressive members like Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, to Congress.
'None of that makes any sense, ' former FEC lawyer Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center told the publication.
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