Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been slapped with a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging she may have illegally funneled money through a PAC to pay her boyfriend.
“Members of the Washington, D.C.-based Coolidge Reagan Foundation allege in their complaint that when the Brand New Congress PAC (BNC) -- a political arm of Brand New Congress LLC, a company that was hired by Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to run and support her campaign -- paid Roberts for marketing services, it potentially ran afoul of campaign finance law,” Fox News reported.
The report added: “It was first reported last week 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.”
While it’s not a crime to pay her boyfriend, attorney Dan Backer, the D.C.-based attorney who filed the complaint on behalf of the foundation, told Fox News it “appears that they created some sort of scheme to avoid claiming the money [as a campaign expense].”
"The timing and amounts of these transactions, the use of two affiliated entities as intermediaries, the vague and amorphous nature of the services Riley ostensibly provided, the magnitude of these transactions compared to both the limited funds the campaign had raised at the time and the total amount of its expenditures, and the romantic relationship between Ocasio-Cortez and Riley collectively establish reason to believe these transactions may have violated campaign finance law,” the complaint states.
Ocasio-Cortez did not comment on the bombshell complaint. However, she did push back earlier this week.
“The conspiracy machine is in full effect & it’s been disappointing to watch professionals get duped + amplify unvetted Medium posts as truth, treating journalism like it’s a high school LiveJournal rumor mill or something. No, I don’t shadily pay my boyfriend. Come on & VET," she said.
It looks like she might want to use some of her hefty Congress salary to hire an attorney.