Dick Gephardt: Media, GOP Focusing Too Much on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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"Ocasio-Cortez has been quite vocal in condemning so-called dark money, but her own campaign went to great lengths to avoid the sunlight of disclosure", Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center's government integrity project, said in a statement.

The complaint, filed by the watchdog National Legal and Policy Center, charges the arrangement violated reporting requirements and possibly the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates. The Washington Examiner notes that the transfers may have constituted a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Chakrabarti's campaigns raised $3.3 million and diverted more than $1 million to his companies, the Washington Examiner reported.

Chakrabarti not only ran Brand New Congress LLC, but was also Ocasio-Cortez's campaign manager and sat on the board of Justice Democrats, the group's website indicated as recently as January 8.

The Daily Caller additionally found that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti obtained majority control of the Justice Democrats PAC in late 2017 and appear to maintain that control of the group now.

After starting Brand New Congress, he formed a Delaware-based LLC, Brand New Campaign LLC. "Let them make their mistakes, but let them try to do something". They have an equal vote to hers, and to everybody else, and they have got different views.

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A typical PAC has to disclose how the funds are used, including all campaign events, advertising, and donations to candidates.

Trent, who was the only member of Justice Democrats to appear on the payroll of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, did not respond to an inquiry sent to his Justice Democrats email address seeking explanation about the work he was performing for the group while he was being paid by the Ocasio-Cortez campaign. This is the most diverse, it is in many ways the youngest, it is the most integrated Congress we've ever had. It is also not incorporated in DE, a popular destination for its lack of disclosure requirements for individuals who establish limited liability companies.

For that reason, they set up an LLC that served as the vehicle to pay staff and bill campaigns for services.

Chakrabarti tweeted about the unusual arrangement in response to media reports Monday.

He called described the company as a "legitimate campaign vendor" that provided services to candidates and committees and that the "implications in recent press accounts that these entities in any way operated with less than full transparency or in some way to skirt to law, are absolutely and unequivocally false".

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