Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in big trouble.
Her reputation for scandal and shady dealings is starting to catch up with her.
And Ocasio-Cortez may have been caught red-handed breaking this major law.
Political consultant Luke Thompson caused a social media uproar when he posted a screenshot showing that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend had a “house.gov” email address and wondered if the Congresswoman was paying her boyfriend with taxpayer money.
Ocasio-Cortez responded that Congressional spouses and partners routinely get access to their scheduling calendars and this was no big deal.
The Congresswoman tweeted, “Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time. Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.”
Twitter swiftly moved in and locked Thompson out of his account for daring to question a left-wing superstar like Ocasio-Cortez.
But that was not the end of the story.
In fact, it was far from it.
The controversy only inspired Thompson to do more digging.
And what he found was even more disturbing.
Thompson wrote in a Medium post, “Per the House Admin office, a family member can, in special circumstances, get a house.gov email address. But Roberts is not a family member, and although AOC referred to him as her partner in November of last year, she omitted him from her mandatory candidate financial disclosures for 2017 and 2018.”
In addition, Thompson noted that family members must be volunteers if they work in a Congressional office unless they get a waiver from the Ethics Committee.
Thompson added to the growing body of evidence that her story doesn’t up, writing that, “AOC’s office apparently doesn’t believe in having unpaid workers, as according to Chakrabarti they have no volunteers in the office.”
After doing some digging through FEC reports, Thompson detailed how Saikat Chakrabarti – Ocasio-Cortez’s Chief of Staff – founded a PAC called Brand New Congress, which provided “strategic consulting” to campaigns.
However, Brand New Congress is also a Limited Liability Corporation.
Thompson reported that Ocasio-Cortez hired Brand New Congress LLC, which then paid her boyfriend a healthy amount of money.
He wrote, “Like other candidates, AOC paid Brand New Congress LLC for strategic consulting, in her case totaling $18,880.14. Unlike in the other cases, Brand New Congress PAC turned around and paid her boyfriend as a ‘marketing consultant.’”
Thompson wrote that after analyzing the expenditures, Brand New Congress PAC’s “ten largest expenditures were paid to Brand New Congress LLC for ‘strategic consulting,’ a sum that totaled $261,165.20 over the course of the campaign, its eleventh and twelfth largest expenditures were paid to Riley Roberts.”
Thompson recounted that “Brand New Congress PAC paid Roberts $3,000 on August 9th.”
And then, “Eighteen days later, AOC’s campaign paid Brand New Congress LLC $6,191.32”.
Finally, “A month later Brand New Congress PAC then turned around and paid Riley Roberts another $3,000.”
This led Thompson to one unmistakable conclusion.
He wrote, “…Chakrabarti was funneling money paid to him by AOC’s campaign back to Roberts and by extension to AOC.”
Thompson uncovered further irregularities.
He noted that one month before New York’s September primary, Ocasio-Cortez raised just over $8,000, but had spent over $37,000 without reporting any loans.
Thompson wrote that he believes Chakrabarti was “fronting” Ocasio-Cortez the money to stay in the race, which means he was reimbursing her for campaign expenses without properly reporting them.
He concluded his piece by writing, “When AOC won, she then hired Chakrabarti, her strategist/patron, as her Chief of Staff. Taking money from a rich guy, trying to hide it by passing it through a PAC, and then giving her benefactor a government job.”
This scandal requires further reporting.
But the fake news media loves Ocasio-Cortez so they will ignore this—all the while trumpeting the fake campaign finance allegations against Donald Trump as a criminal offense.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.