Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a conservative non-profit, filed a complaint accusing Ocasio-Cortez of illegally funneling thousands of dollars in campaign funds to her boyfriend via a political action committee (PAC).
Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, was hired by Brand New Congress LLC in 2017.
The LLC claims Roberts was hired as a marketing consultant for his expertise in social media and subscriber engagement.
Between August and September of 2017, Roberts received two payments of $3,000 each from Brand New Congress LLC. The payments were labeled “marketing consultant.”
Oddly enough, AOC’s campaign paid the affiliated Brand New Congress PAC a total of $6,191.32 in August 2017 for “strategic consulting,” according to the complaint, which was filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on Wednesday.
Just an odd coincidence? Or is something shady happening here?
“Thus, over the span of a little more than a month, Cortez’s campaign committee paid just over $6,000 to Brand New Congress PAC, while its affiliated LLC turned around and paid her boyfriend $6,000,” the FEC complaint reads.
The complaint further accuses AOC of “laundering” funds through the PAC “in an attempt to mask the payment of official campaign funds to her boyfriend.”
If this is the truth, it would be a campaign finance violation, as the donation exceeds the maximum allowed by more than $1,000.
Brand New Congress claims that there was nothing fishy about Roberts’ payments. “He was hired through a 2 month trial period, beginning on August 3, 2017, and worked through the end of September 2017,” a rep for Brand New Congress said in a statement. “Services to the Brand New Congress PAC consisted of advertising strategies for potential growth, developing metrics, and aiding in execution of strategy to increase brand awareness for the PAC as a whole.”
AOC has yet to respond to the complaint.