Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t exactly been winning friends lately in “The Swamp”. A Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint has been filed against her by Dan Backer; a Washington DC-based attorney; who filed the complaint on behalf of a Republican group called, The Coolidge Reagan Foundation.
The complaint filed says, that Ocasio-Cortez campaign; may have illegally funneled large amounts of monies through an allied PAC to boyfriend Riley Roberts. The Republican Washington DC group alleges that the Brand New Congress PAC (BNC); a subsidiary of the Brand New Congress LLC, was employed by Ocasio-Cortez, to operate, and help her campaign to paid Roberts for marketing services, that break campaign finance law.
Backer said, “It’s not illegal for [Ocasio-Cortez] to pay her boyfriend, but it appears that they created some sort of scheme to avoid claiming the money as a campaign expense, what exactly did he do for that money?”
It was first reported by Fox News that the Brand New Congress PAC paid Roberts during the early days of the Ocasio-Cortez campaign. According to FEC records, the PAC made two payments to Roberts – one in August 2017 and one in September 2017 – both for $3,000.
The FEC complaint specifically cites the use of “intermediaries” to make the payments, “the vague and amorphous nature of the services Riley ostensibly provided,” the relatively small amount of money raised by the campaign at that stage and “the romantic relationship between Ocasio-Cortez and Riley” in asserting the transactions might violate campaign finance law.
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation — a 501(c)(3) — is requesting that the FEC look into the payments for potential violations on relevant campaign finance laws that state that campaign contribution “shall not be converted by any person to personal use” and that “an authorized committee must report the name and address of each person who has received any disbursement not disclosed.”