'None of that makes any sense, ' former FEC lawyer Adav Noti of the Campaign Legal Center told the publication.
In the absence of reporting to the FEC, the money could have been pocketed or used to pay for off-the-books campaign operations, argues the complaint, which names Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as respondents. The Complaint alleges that Chakrabarti's LLC served as a "cutout", for at least $885,735 received from Ocasio-Cortez's campaign and two federal political action committees, Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC.
Per the NLPC complaint, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were wrongly unlisted as controlling the PACs which were reportedly funneling money back into their campaign coffers.
Justice Democrats responded to questions about the arrangement in a May 2018 post titled: "When I look at the FEC report for Justice Democrats in 2017, why are there so many expenditures to 'Brand New Congress"?
Hume was surprised that Ocasio-Cortez's "novelty" hadn't worn off already and warned that she will "lead that party off a cliff".
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Trotter noted that "it's so ironic that [Ocasio-Cortez] has been out there talking about transparency and the malign influence of money in politics and yet these are very clear rules that every candidate has to follow". He did not mention that it would also free candidates from the responsibility of disclosure.
"If the PACs and campaigns were required to provide additional information on subvendor payments made by Brand New Congress LLC, it would have done so", he wrote.
The funds were expended in support of ten or more Congressional candidates by a for-profit entity called Brand New Congress LLC, apparently operated by Chakrabarti. The stated objective was to help elect progressive candidates to Congress.