Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was quietly de-listed from the Justice Democrats’ board on Friday following an ethics complaint filed against her and the PAC.
The story, first reported by the Daily Caller’s Andrew Kerr, could signal more trouble for AOC as missteps by her campaign continue to stack up.
“The New York Democrat and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, joined the board of Justice Democrats in December 2017, according to the political action committee’s website. It also said the two held ‘legal control over the entity’ at the same time it was playing a key role in supporting Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign prior to her shock victory over incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in June 2018,” the Daily Caller reported.
The report added: “Attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez said she was removed from Justice Democrats’ board in June 2018, but she was listed an ‘entity governor’ of the PAC as recently as March 14, according to corporate filings.
What remains a mystery is why it took Justice Democrats over 8 months to remove Ocasio-Cortez from the board. It apparently took a formal ethics complaint for them to do so.
Some have accused AOC of violating election law by failing to disclose to the Federal Election Commission that she controlled the PAC while it also propped up her campaign, making several potential violations in the process.
Former FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky recently wrote in an op-ed that there is plenty of evidence to “justify opening a criminal investigation” into AOC.
If found guilty, Ocasio-Cortez could be hit with “massive reporting violations” and even jail time.
"An investigation is needed to determine if socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the media magnet on the far-left fringe of the Democratic Party, has broken federal campaign finance laws. If convicted of criminal conduct, she could get up to five years in prison for each violation," von Spakovsky wrote.
This isn't going to end well for Ocasio-Cortez.