Former Federal Elections Commissioner says Ocasio-Cortez & her cronies could be Facing Jail Time over Slush Fund: ‘I Don’t Really See Any Way Out Of It’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is having light shown on her and her cronies – they may be in the middle of some serious legal problems, according to a former FEC Commissioner, no less. For instance, AOC’s chief of staff ran $1M slush fund by diverting campaign cash to his own companies!
After driving Amazon and 25,000 jobs out of Queens, even New York liberals are furious at this self-proclaimed ‘Socialist’ and her wide-eyed ideas and mouth. Knowing full well she herself will be a multi-millionaire very soon, it’s pretty amazing the legal troubles she has already amassed:
The Washington Examiner reports that Two political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
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.
Wow! It didn’t take long for OAC to take up residence in The Swamp, did it?
Chakrabarti’s companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.
According to a former FEC commission, the freshman congresswoman could potentially be facing some serious jail time because of her actions.
The Daily Caller reported that according to FEC records together, the New York Democrat’s campaign and Justice Democrats raised $4.6 million throughout the 2018 midterm cycle. For anyone who knowingly and willfully takes in $25,000 or more in “excessive campaign contributions” within one calendar year can face a maximum of five years in prison.
“If the facts as alleged are true, and a candidate had control over a PAC that was working to get that candidate elected, then that candidate is potentially in very big trouble and may have engaged in multiple violations of federal campaign finance law, including receiving excessive contributions,” former Republican FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky explained to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Another former FEC commissioner, Brad Smith, explained to the foundation that if “a complaint were filed, I would think it would trigger a serious investigation.” He went on to explain that if a probe were to be carried out, Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff, Chakrabarti, could face jail time.
The Daily Caller reports:
Republican election attorney Charlie Spies told TheDCNF: “It looks like the campaign and PAC are under common control and the PAC was funding campaign staff and activities as an alter-ego of the campaign committee, which would be a blatant abuse of the PAC rules.”
Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti could face prison if the FEC determines that they knowingly and willfully withheld their ties between the campaign and the political action committee from the FEC to bypass campaign contribution limits, according to Smith.
“At minimum, there’s a lot of smoke there, and if there are really only three board members and she and [Chakrabarti] are two of them, sure looks like you can see the blaze. I don’t really see any way out of it,” Smith, a Republican, explained to the foundation.