UPDATED 1:45 PM PT — Wednesday, April 3, 2019
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is at the center of yet another complaint by the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
According to reports, the FEC filed a complaint against the freshman Democrat Wednesday, alleging she operated a subsidy scheme along with her campaign manager. The complaint named Ocasio-Cortez, her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti along with three organizations, which were all co-created by Chakrabarti as overlapping entities aimed at “subsidizing cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value.”
One of the organizations — called Brand New Congress LLC — is accused of providing campaign contributions known as “in-kind” expenditures. This means it helped the campaign at a loss to the company in order to provide services for cheap. It is currently unclear what exactly the company charged as it is a limited liability company, meaning it is not subject to to the same disclosure and transparency laws as political action committees.
Under campaign finance legal requirements, anyone running a campaign must purchase goods and services at fair market value.
This is the second complaint filed by the FEC against the 29-year-old lawmaker. Just last month, the group accused Ocasio-Cortez of violating campaign finance laws by taking part in a “off the books operation.”
The watch dog group said they will sue if their complaint is not addressed in 120 days.