Saikat Chakrabarti, the Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is facing a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) after allegedly using his personal businesses to funnel money from campaigns.
Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, a blueprint for which was unveiled at the beginning of February, calls for massive investments in climate-friendly infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed the complaint with the FEC against Chakrabarti, claiming that he may have used his private companies to dodge FEC reporting requirements, as well as a $5,000 cap that limits contributions to federal Political Action Committees (PACs).
Moore also slammed the Green New Deal as being "so completely insane it is bound to be rejected in the end", while calling the young Democrat a "garden-variety hypocrite", in response to a New York Post story that said Ocasio-Cortez frequently used gas-guzzling Uber and Lyft rides during her 2018 campaign instead of car-sharing or taking the subway.
Being the object of a sexist label, Ocasio-Cortez said, is helpful in one area: It really throws off her adversaries, including President Donald Trump.
Republican election attorney Charlie Spies told TheDCNF: "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". "I don't really see any way out of it".
He helped found both Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats, with the goal of bringing new and progressive members like Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, to Congress. The PAC took in $4.6 million.
"So until you do it, I'm the boss".
The law allows a maximum donation of $2,700 to her campaign and the PAC, with a possible five-year prison term for those who knowingly and willfully collect $25,000 or more in excess campaign contributions in a year. "Even if it's not knowing and willful, it would be a clear civil violation of the act, which would require disgorgement of the contributions and civil penalties. And I feel like what I've chosen to do is break this fourth wall a little bit and respond to them".
Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats have yet to put forward a strategy to pay for the proposal - though the New Yorker floated raising the top tax rate as high as 70 percent.
Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center's Government Integrity Project, said: "It appears Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her associates ran an off-the-books operation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, thus violating the foundation of all campaign finance laws: transparency".
Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the FEC that she and Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign, and former FEC commissioners say the arrangement could lead to multiple campaign finance violations.