AOC’s Just-Resigned Chief Of Staff Under Federal Investigation

AOC’s Just-Resigned Chief Of Staff Under Federal Investigation

It looks like we have an answer for why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief-of-staff abruptly resigned on Friday; he’s under federal investigation.

According to the New York Post, Saikat Chakrabarti – the architect behind AOC’s meteoric rise from bartender to ball-buster, is being investigated in connection with two political action committees he founded.

The two PACs being probed, Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats, were both set up by Chakrabarti to support progressive candidates across the country.

But they funneled more than $1 million in political donations into two private companies that Chakrabarti also incorporated and controlled, according to Federal Election Commission filings and a complaint filed in March with the regulatory agency.

In 2016 and 2017, the PACs raised about $3.3 million, mostly from small donors. A third of the cash was transferred to two private companies whose names are similar to one of the PACs — Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC — federal campaign filings show. –New York Post

As the Post notes, PACs are required to adhere to stringent disclosure rules, while the private companies Chakrabarti funneled money into are not.

According to a complaint filed by Virginia government watchdog group – the National Legal and Policy Center, Chakrabarti’s LLCs appear to have been specifically designed to circumvent federal reporting requirements. 

As noted by the Washington Examiner in March:

The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat’s chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of “dark money” in politics.

Chakrabarti’s companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.

The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group. –Washington Examiner

According to the Post, “Federal authorities are looking at new salary rules imposed by Ocasio-Cortez when she took office earlier this year, and whether they were put in place to let Chakrabarti dodge public financial-disclosure rules, according to sources.”

Interestingly, the Harvard-educated Chakrabarti agreed to take a massive pay cut this year – taking in just $80,000, while the average pay for his position is $146,830. With a salary below $126,000, he was not required to disclose his outside income. 

And now, he’s under federal investigation.

via zerohedge

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  • The Real M
    August 5, 2019, 4:22 pm

    Well, this surely is a vast right wing conspiracy! Right? Let me answer, NO WAY! It is about time somebody did something about this, I heard about it months ago as did all of you!
    Now, if we can trust the FBI to do their job honestly, in a nonpartisan way and, if they find evidence of wrong doing, indict, prosecute and send guilty parties to jail! I am sick of “everybody” saying NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW! By golly, they are not! If people are not punished for criminal acts, THEY WILL NEVER STOP COMMITTING THEM!

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    • tom lansing@The Real M
      August 5, 2019, 6:12 pm

      Makes me wonder if AOC might have actually taken notes from Crooked Hillary’s book, and learned how to screw everyone, and that the person that she put in charge would be her scapegoat?

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    • travis@The Real M
      August 5, 2019, 6:15 pm

      i do not believe anything will come of this because she,s a DUMOCRAT and that will protect him from any prosecution WATCH AND SEE he and she are both CROOKS

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    • SMG@The Real M
      August 5, 2019, 7:49 pm

      They will never be prosecuted. You have to remember they are Democraps and are allowed to do what ever they want, just like Hillery.

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  • Frank
    August 5, 2019, 4:43 pm

    Everything about AOC stinks to high heaven. Either she is smarter than whe would leave us to believe of she has some pretty smart crooks working for her. I wonder sometimes if the Dems have an employment agency for crooks so that they can rapidly supply the incoming Freshmen with crooks from the beginning in order to ease the adjustment into Congress.

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  • Kat
    August 5, 2019, 4:54 pm

    WHAT TOOK SO LONG????

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  • Hank Hodgkins
    August 5, 2019, 4:56 pm

    If this were a conservative, it would dominate the news cycle for the week-end or until the drive by media could spin it to point at President Trump.

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  • Richard Paul
    August 5, 2019, 4:58 pm

    Is America great. Job opportunities all over.
    Example From a bartender to congress.

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    • James Howard@Richard Paul
      August 6, 2019, 4:43 am

      AOC is about to get Loomered. Laura Loomered is running for Florida US Congress. We really do need all these hot new conservatives from online & anywhere else, like garbage truck drivers or cooks or whatever to get themselves on a ballot – if brain-dead demonrat narcissist criminal psychos can win a seat in congrees, let the war begin.

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    • James Howard@Richard Paul
      August 6, 2019, 4:46 am

      The career politicians have to beat moved out & voters are ready to vote for a dishwasher if that”s what comes up, to get rid of the congressional career swamp rats.

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