As we reported the other night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in trouble. The freshman New York congresswoman and young socialist darling is currently facing a Federal Election Commission complaint for allegedly redirecting almost a million dollars in political contributions to private companies controlled by chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.
“Although large financial transfers from PACs to LLCs are not necessarily improper, the complaint argues that the goal of the “extensive” scheme was seemingly to illegally dodge detailed legal reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which are designed to track campaign expenditures,” Fox News reports.
This is all doubly embarrassing given AOC’s self-posturing as a progressive foe of “dark money” in politics and a champion of the very sort of campaign-finance rules that are now plaguing her.
Fortunately for her, being a Democrat that’s especially liked by left-wing radicals still has its perks, namely the fact that the mainstream media will provide cover for damn near anything.
As the Daily Caller explains, while this scandal is getting its share of coverage, the MSM is ignoring a separate and potentially more egregious violation:
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported Monday that Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff retained control of the Justice Democrats PAC, which is credited with propelling Ocasio-Cortez to victory, while running to unseat incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in 2018. Former FEC commissioners told the DCNF that if Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign was operating in affiliation with the PAC, the former bartender could be opened up to “massive reporting violations.” The report also noted that Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff did not disclose their control of Justice Democrats to the FEC. Experts say it could be a felony if Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff knowingly and intentionally withheld this information to skirt campaign contribution limits. PACs and campaigns must share a contribution limit when being controlled by the same person or group of persons. The media has ignored the explosive allegation, instead lumping it in with a complaint to the FEC that Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff funneled nearly $1 million from PACs he controlled to private LLCs that he also controlled.
Why would they cover one and not the other? Maybe because, according to a former FEC official who spoke to the Caller, the Justice Democrats PAC scandal could potentially carry not just fines, but prison time.
Yeah, talking about that one would obviously paint a very different picture of the Left’s newest wunderkind…
Among the outlets guilty of either ignoring the second scandal or conflating it with the first are CNN, the Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, and Business Insider, according to the Caller.
There are TWO DIFFERENT AND SEPARATE ISSUES reported in the WashEx and DCNF reports on AOC campaign finance issues.
WashEx: funneling PAC money into an LLC
— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) March 7, 2019