Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in hot water.
She thought this corrupt deal from her past would never see the light of day.
But someone found the smoking gun that exposed the illegal deal that could destroy her.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cultivated an image as a holier-than-thou crusader against the supposedly corrupt influence of big money in Washington.
Liberals circulated viral videos of her ranting during committee hearings about campaign contributions really being bribes and how the whole system was corrupt.
But that image was shattered when the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation filed 21 complaints with the Federal Election Commission alleging Ocasio-Cortez was just as crooked as any Washington swamp creature.
The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation’s complaint alleged:
“Beginning in 2017, Ocasio-Cortez and several other far-left progressive Democratic candidates paid Brand New Congress LLC a total of over $170,000 to run their campaigns and provide other campaign-related services. Fueled by hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional payments from political committees controlled by Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti -Brand NewCongress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC – Brand New Congress LLC provided those candidates well over a half-million dollars’ worth of campaign services. Brand New Congress LLC was operating at a loss—sustaining itself through constant infusions of cash from Ocasio Cortez’s and Chakrabarti’s PACs—specifically to subsidize cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value and without a commercial profit motivation.”
The complaint detailed that Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, operated a series of PACS and an LLC to avoid campaign contribution limits, and obtain services at below market value to benefit her campaign and other candidates who worked with these groups.
“By providing campaign services at prices below market value, without a commercial profit motivation and without recouping or properly allocating appropriate portions of its overhead and infrastructure costs among its “client” candidates, Brand New Congress LLC provided illegal excessive in-kind contributions to Ocasio-Cortez and the other candidates. By funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to Brand New Congress LLC to subsidize the services it was providing candidates, Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC likewise violated contribution limits and reporting requirements. And by accepting these illegal in-kind contributions, Ocasio-Cortez violated both contribution limits and reporting requirements, as well,” the complaint continued.
This is devastating news for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Politicians are never weaker than when their strengths are attacked.
Ocasio-Cortez’s brand is built on being an authentic outsider who doesn’t play typical political games and doesn’t owe any favors.
But it turns out the true nature of her career is a 180-degree opposite of her carefully crafted and cultivated public image.
And this case will be an important test for the Federal Election Commission and the Department of Justice.
Prosecutors in the DOJ made FEC violations a criminal – rather than civil – penalty in the Michael Cohen case.
Will they apply the same standards to a prominent Democrat?
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.