AOC ran a ‘subsidy scheme’ to fund her campaign, FEC complaint says

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and her campaign manager ran a “subsidy scheme,” according to a new Federal Election Commission complaint that alleges they abused campaign finance laws. 

The complaint, filed Wednesday, claims Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, her campaign manager, used PAC money funneled through an LLC to “subsidize cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value.” 

The complaint, obtained by Fox News, alleges Chakrabarti’s group Brand New Congress LLC, which took on Ocasio-Cortez on as a client, was charging clients under market value and subsidizing losses with PAC money; therefore, providing candidates who signed on to the LLC with illegal campaign contributions.

Dan Backer, a conservative attorney, contends both Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti ran afoul of a group of FEC Advisory Opinions from the 1990s which say political campaigns must pay fair market value for campaign services or include them as in-kind contributions. 

Backer’s complaint claims that Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign used the Justice Democrats PAC and Brand New Congress PAC to subsidize the LLC.

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