Complaint: Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff ran $1m slush fund

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He also said he expected that the "novelty would wear off" after the first few weeks of hype about Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, but "it hasn't". The Complaint alleges that Chakrabarti's LLC served as a "cutout", for at least $885,735 received from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and two federal political action committees, Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC.

But all the payments to the LLC were simply reported as "strategic consulting", based on FEC filings reviewed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a right-leaning ethics and accountability nonprofit that filed the complaint.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: We've been in active conversation.

'There is no violation, ' the first-term lawmaker told Fox News as she arrived in Washington, D.C. for a day when votes in the House are scheduled. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was paid more than $1 million between 2016 and 2017 by two PACs he co-founded.

Trotter noted that "it's so ironic that [Ocasio-Cortez] has been out there talking about transparency and the malign influence of money in politics and yet these are very clear rules that every candidate has to follow".

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The idea was "to recruit candidates who were not thinking about running already and to actually fully run all of their campaigns", the PAC stated on one of its websites.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments during a February town hall event in response to criticism generated by her environmental proposal, which she has titled the Green New Deal.

Chakrabarti described the operation on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow as a "unified" national campaign to elect progressives to Congress, whereby candidates would be freed from the responsibility of raising money or administering their campaigns. He was taken off the website sometime later in January.

Republican election attorney Charlie Spies piled on, saying "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", the Daily Caller reported.

At the same time her campaign was paying the Brand New Congress PAC for strategic consulting, the PAC was paying Roberts, for a total of $6,000, for being a "marketing consultant". Such an arrangement could have allowed Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to receive donations in excess of the normal limit, by pooling contributions to both the PAC and the campaign itself. "So the power is in the person who's trying, regardless of the success".

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