Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is facing another campaign finance complaint.
Another FEC complaint that was filed Wednesday charges Ocasio-Cortez and her campaign manager, Saikat Chakrabarti, with running a “subsidy scheme.”
“Uber for politics”
The complaint alleges that AOC and Chakrabarti controlled a network of entities — the Justice Democrats PAC, the Brand New Congress PAC, and the associated Brand New Congress LLC — and used them to “subsidize cheap assistance for Ocasio-Cortez and other candidates at rates far below market value,” according to Fox News, who obtained an advance copy of the filing.
“Chakrabarti was trying to create the Uber for politics. Uber functions because of a massive subsidy from venture capital,” explained the complaint’s author, attorney Dan Backer.
“Here, it’s subsidized by these PACs to deliver a valuable service that people need and want, but can’t be delivered at the real cost of it.”
If anyone expected anything but a denial from AOC, they would have been highly disappointed.
Asked about the complaint, AOC brushed it off as a conservative hit job. “I mean, it’s conservative interest groups just filing bogus proposals,” she told Fox News on Wednesday.
Campaign Finance Laws
Ocasio-Cortez has been extremely vocal about dark money and the influence PACs have on politicians, so it would be a bit ironic if a dark money scheme was eventually the cause of her downfall.
She is also a strong supporter of campaign finance laws — for which she should be held accountable, Backer says.
The Trump-supporting attorney doesn’t support extensive campaign finance regulations, but as long as they’re the law, they should be respected, he says.
“I think much of what they set out to do SHOULD be legal, and the provisions restricting people from engaging in robust political activity in this way are likely unconstitutional, but it’s still the law,” Backer told The Independent.
“And it’s self-aggrandising ‘reformers’ like [Ocasio-Cortez] who seek to make the laws even more burdensome,” he continued. “I would be thrilled if the adjudication here resulted in overturning some of these restrictions, but until then it’s still the law and a self-professed reformer ought to follow the laws.”