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New complaint accuses AOC, campaign manager of ‘brazen’ dark-money campaign scheme

On Wednesday, the First Amendment watchdog group Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed a complaint against newly-elected Democrat Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, accusing her and her then-campaign manager Saikat Chakrabarti of engaging in a “brazen” dark-money scheme in the 2018 campaign.

According to the new FEC complaint, which can be seen here, the two “engaged in a brazen scheme involving multiple political and commercial entities under their control to violate federal election law, circumvent federal contribution limits and reporting requirements, and execute an unlawful subsidy scheme. This scheme allowed Ocasio-Cortez to gain an unfair advantage by receiving illegally excessive contributions and illegally subsidized campaign services.”

The 48-page complaint includes 21 charges against Ocasio-Cortez, her committees and Chakrabarti, accusing them of a number of illegalities, including illegal contributions in excess of legal limits, failure to file public disclosure reports, excessive in-kind contributions and failure to register as a political committee.

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“The subsidy scheme carried out by AOC and her campaign manager involve some of the most egregious campaign finance violations ever recorded. Perhaps even more egregious is AOC’s hypocrisy on the matter, as she continues to portray herself as a campaign finance reformer. It’s time for the Federal Election Commission—and all Americans—to hold AOC accountable, and say no to her self-serving brand of socialism,” Foundation counsel Dan Backer told the Gateway Pundit.

These charges are in addition to other allegations made against Ocasio-Cortez in March.  At the time, the Daily Caller reported that if the allegations are true, Ocasio-Cortez and others “could be facing jail time.”

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