The Federal Elections Commission has filed a complaint against Saikat Chakrabarti, the Chief of Staff for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Washington Examiner reported that Chakrabati was using personal businesses to funnel over $1 million from campaign donations. What’s more is the businesses were being used as shell companies specifically to hide were the funds went.
Joining in the FEC fling was also the National Legal and Policy Center. They claim Chakrabarti was using the private companies to avoid required reporting to the FEC and described their use as “an elaborate scheme to avoid proper disclosure of campaign expenditures.”
The group’s Integrity Project director, Tom Anderson, shared with the Wahington Examiner that, “it appears Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her associates ran an off-the-books operation to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, thus violating the foundation of all campaign finance laws: transparency.”
Another incriminating circumstance for Chakrabarti is his pay. Ocasio-Cortez has often flouted that she pays her entry-level staffers a higher wage. But this is because she substantially reduces the pay of her top tier staff, like Chakrabarti. It turns out that because Chakrabarti’s pay was under the $126,000 threshold, he never had to make certain financial disclosures.
Looks like a lot of planning and forethought went into this scheme and time will tell how much the young congresswoman had to do with it.