Remember “The squad”? There in big trouble…
Three out of four members of the “squad” are under a watchful eye lately. Three of the freshman Democratic congresswomen have acquired allegations of financial violations.
Allegedly, there have been multiple campaign finance violations of House ethics laws – pertaining to the use of campaign funds on their own personal lifestyle.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) released the complaints and inquiries that have been filed against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan since they took Washington, D.C.
Justice Democrats PAC, are largely responsible for Ocasio-Cortez’s political entrance back in 2017 when they recruited her and provided most necessary campaign needs and overhead. The political action committee helped AOC leading up to the 2018 primary election, where she won to former Representative, Joe Crowley.
The relationship shared with AOC and Justice Democrats ultimately led to the complaints presented to the FEC.
A complaint submitted in April was largely based off of the questionable amount of control Ocasio-Cortez held over Justice Democrats.
- Ocasio-Cortez and her former campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti were appointed to hold two of the PAC’s three board seats in December 2017, but the Federal Election Commission was never notified of the affiliation between her campaign and Justice Democrats.
- Multiple former FEC commissioners told the Daily Caller News Foundation that Ocasio-Cortez could face civil or criminal penalties for failing to disclose her campaign’s affiliation to the outside PAC.
- “At minimum, there’s a lot of smoke there, and if there are really only three board members and she and [Chakrabarti] are two of them, sure looks like you can see the blaze,” said former FEC Chairman Brad Smith.
- “If this were determined to be knowing and willful, they could be facing jail time,” Smith said. “Even if it’s not knowing and willful, it would be a clear civil violation of the act. … I think they’ve got some real issues here.”
- Another complaint, submitted in March, alleged that Chakrabarti, who served as Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff until August, was running a slush fund during the 2018 midterms by diverting $1 million from Justice Democrats PAC to an LLC under his control.
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