AOC skates free after 2-year FEC investigation into shady campaign money practices

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proved once again this week that it pays to be a Democrat when facing disciplinary actions that would land virtually any Republican in hot legal water.

According to the New York Post, at the conclusion of a two-year federal probe, it was revealed that AOC’s campaign failed to “properly” disclose roughly $1 million worth of expenses, which came after a government watchdog group had filed the complaint years ago. 

One would think that would land one in her position in, at the very least, moderate legal trouble. However, the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) six-member panel let the radical progressive lawmaker off the hook with not even a light tap on the wrist.

The group that helped kickstart the original investigation noted in the wake of the FEC’s findings that many people in power have suffered much more for far less serious grievances.

The backlash

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), the right-leaning government watchdog group that filed a formal complaint against Ocasio-Cortez in 2019, reacted to the conclusion of the federal investigation.

The group’s leadership was especially upset that the FEC failed to provide an explanation as to how they arrived at the findings that resulted in zero consequences for AOC’s “scheme.”

“The FEC has gone after a whole host of people whose violations are dwarfed by the scale of this scheme,” said Paul Kamenar, NLPC counsel. “It appears to be not prosecutorial discretion, but prosecutorial favoritism.”

At the crux of the complaint was the allegation that Ocasio-Cortez campaign treasurer Frank Llewellyn and AOC’s former chief of staff Chaikat Sakrabarti illegally funneled some $1 million into shell companies owned by Sakrabarti.

It gets worse

As if it wasn’t outrageous enough that AOC and her associates will skate on this issue, as it turns out, the FEC made the rare move of waiting 30 days to reveal its findings in the investigation, which, conveniently, sailed past the deadline for legal action by the NLPC.

“It was highly irregular for the FEC to release its statement of reasons after the deadline for us to file suit,” NLPC director Tom Anderson said.

Not surprisingly, Ocasio-Cortez’s office has not commented on the investigation as of this writing.

It makes one wonder whether or not the same outcome would have resulted had the defendant been a far-right conservative.

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