For someone who preaches equality and advocates for wealth redistribution, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez certainly shows a passion for gaming the system, or at least attempting to. The freshman representative of New York’s 14th congressional district was just hit with her fourth Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint, “this one alleging,” according to Fox News, that “she and her campaign manager operated a “subsidy scheme” that ran afoul of campaign finance laws”:
The crux of the complaint, which was given exclusively to Fox News in advance of its filing Wednesday, accused Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, of overseeing a “shadowy web” of political action committees (PACs) that allowed them to raise more cash than they could have legally. It also alleged that a limited liability company (LLC) was created to avoid federal expenditure requirements by offering Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic candidates political consulting services at a price so low that the company apparently shut down before the election was even over.
Back in early March, two watchdog groups filed ethics complaints against Ocasio-Cortez for misusing her resources as a congresswoman, while a third group lodged a complaint with the FEC that alleged that she and Chakrabarti set up a million-dollar private slush fund.
One of the original three complaints was filed by The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). It alleged that Ocasio-Cortez’s political Instagram account contained direct links to her House Instagram account and included a link for political contributions, alongside posts of official video footage on the House floor. The group claimed that these actions violate House ethics rules.
At the center of the complaint, according to Fox News, is “Brand New Congress LLC, a now-defunct company owned by Chakrabarti that aimed to recruit up to 400 candidates for national office and ‘fully run all of their campaigns,’ according to a post on the Justice Democrats PAC website.”