Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff is now in some pretty big trouble.
But, that’s what happens when you get caught funneling over $1 million in political contributions to your own private business, ya know?
From Washington Examiner:
Two political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat’s chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of “dark money” in politics.
Chakrabarti’s companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used.
The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group.
Campaign finance attorneys described the arrangement as “really weird” and an indication “there’s something amiss.” They said there was no way of telling where the political donations went — meaning they could have been pocketed or used by the company to pay for off-the-books campaign operations.
PACs are required to disclose how and when funds are spent, including for expenditures such as advertisements, fundraising emails, donations to candidates, and payments for events and to vendors.
Riley Roberts is AOC’s boyfriend. He has an official government email address but Alexandria’s team loudly stated that Roberts is not being paid, nor is he a member of her staff.
From Daily Mail:
Her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti also argued the move was normal for a spouse or partner.
He wrote: ‘He’s not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He’s not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office.
‘Spouses and partners normally get http://mail.house.gov e-mail addresses for the purpose of getting calendar access.’
And spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, David O’Boyle, told Fox News: ‘From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.’
Here’s the funny part, though. Roberts is listed in AOC’s staff directory (as you can see in the tweet below)…
Hey @AOC – A friend of mine who works in the House just sent me this screenshot of your staff directory from the internal congressional database.
Contrary to your denial, it lists your boyfriend as being on your staff. Care to explain why you appear to be lying? pic.twitter.com/My8ixAJyXC
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) February 15, 2019
Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk seems to think AOC may have committed a “major ethics violation”…
.@Aoc is having a tough week
She ran Amazon out of NYC killing 25,000 working class jobs for her constituents she pretends to fight for
She is accused (with strong evidence) of breaking ethics rules by hiring her boyfriend on staff
Green New Deal political joke of 2019
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 15, 2019
Wow – @AOC denies her boyfriend is on her staff and yet this official document lists him on your staff
Starting to look like a major ethics violation and you lied to cover it up. https://t.co/7QyMfm4y4b
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 15, 2019
Check out Saikat Chakrabarti (Alexandria’s chief of staff), who apparently has no problem openly supporting a hardcore socialist who was an “ally of Adolf Hitler.”
— Jack Posobiec ☘️ (@JackPosobiec) February 10, 2019
More from Liberty Nation:
Saikat Chakrabarti is a highly motivated, smart guy. A Harvard grad, he founded a web tools company, Mockingbird. He is a founder of Justice Democrats, the PAC set up with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, was instrumental in getting AOC elected, and is presently going through congressional training to learn how to become an effective chief of staff for the Dems’ golden girl.
Based on a recent clothing choice, Chakrabarti might justifiably be considered a Nazi sympathizer. But really? Well, yes. In his latest love-fest video for AOC, Chakrabarti is sporting a tee-shirt that features a portrait of Subhas Chandra Bose. Not familiar with this former Indian head of state? Here a few facts:
-Bose was an ally of Adolf Hitler and met with him personally in 1942.
-Bose founded the Free India Legion (FIL) made up of troops captured by Nazi Field Marshal Rommel’s Afrika Korps.
-The FIL swore an oath to Hitler and was under SS command.
-Bose teamed up with the Japanese in 1943.
-Bose was an admirer of the USSR and sought to implement its authoritarian practices in India.
‘If we’re not pushing the chips in every single time … we’re not gonna get the change we need.’ — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff @saikatc on why she made headlines during her first week in D.C. (via @justicedems) pic.twitter.com/dEWdw39BUn
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 6, 2018
Kind of a big deal, isn’t it?