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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accused of Campaign Finance Violations

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Accused of Campaign Finance Violations

"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", he said.

Former FEC Associate General Counsel for Policy Adav Noti, who now directs the Campaign Legal Center, told Fox News that it was a "total mystery" to him why Chakrabarti had established an LLC seemingly to take money from the PAC, rather than simply create a "normal venture", like a consulting business, to provide services for candidates on the books.

"There is no violation" of campaign finance law, Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News on Tuesday.

The complaint comes as the outspoken Ocasio-Cortez has become the face of the Democratic Party's liberal wing and a top target for conservatives. Is it her identity or her substantive politics?

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In a lengthy and detailed statement sent to Snopes, attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez and the PACs accused in the complaint said all their activities had "fully complied with the law and the highest ethical standards".

The federal law requires that all expenditures of $200 or more be disclosed to the FEC, and their objective identified.

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According to the complaint, Chakrabarti was alleged to have organized the two PACs and had $885,000 in funds transferred to two LLCs, Brand New Campaign LLC and Brand New Congress LLC. "They believe that they are above campaign finance law". They said the rules do not allow outside individuals to have an official government email account.

Ocasio-Cortez was the breakout star of that effort, toppling a veteran congressman, Joseph Crowley, in the Democratic primary before winning last November's general election. Justice Democrats paid $606,000, Brand New Congress PAC paid $261,000, and the Ocasio-Cortez committee paid around $19,000.

NLPC claimed the hundreds of thousands of dollars "were expended in support of 10 or more congressional candidates by a for-profit entity called Brand New Congress LLC, apparently operated by Chakrabarti".

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"We were transparent about it from the start", he said Tuesday on Twitter.

"They took in a pretty serious amount of money, and on their FEC reports, all they disclosed in terms of how they spent it was that they made a bunch of big payments to an affiliated LLC", said Noti, a former lawyer with the Federal Election Commission.