New York Representative and social media darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign has been accused of a campaign finance violation by attorneys of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, The DailyMail reported.
“On February 20, GOP political consultant Luke Thompson unveiled screenshots of FEC records via his Medium page showing the congresswoman’s campaign paid $6,191.32 to Brand New Congress LLC, a progressive PAC and consulting firm that hired Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, as a marketing consultant during the fall of 2017 not long after Cortez’s campaign began,” DailyMail reported.
“The screenshots from showed BNC – a group founded by progressive tech engineer Saikat Chakrabarti, Cortez’s current chief of staff who previously served as her campaign chair – also made two payments to Cortez’s boyfriend totaling $6,000 in August and September of 2017.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been closely watched since she burst onto the political scene, solidifying her name as the youngest ever congressperson in the history of the United States at just 29-years-old and spouting consistent socialist ideals that have many millennials enthralled at the idea of guaranteed income and tuition-free college.
Still, her lack of experience has many concerned that the 20-something congresswoman might not always follow-through on the ideas that she espouses.
“Why would Chakrabarti, a founding engineer at Stripe and a wealthy veteran of Silicon Valley, be hiring a no-name ‘UX Experience’ guy with little discernible marketing experience to serve as Brand New Congress PAC’s sole marketing consultant?’ Thompson asked.
“The answer seems to be that Chakrabarti was funneling money paid to him by AOC’s campaign back to Roberts and by extension to AOC… If the payments from the PAC to her boyfriend were meant to keep her campaign afloat, they were $1,000 over the legal limit for PAC donations in a calendar year.”
The CRF attorney that filed the complaint with the FEC began to question what the payments were actually for.
“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],” CRF lawyer Dan Backer told Fox News according to the DailyMail.
“What exactly did he do for that money?”