Progressive sweetheart Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) saw her Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti resign over the past week. This would only be the beginning of the chaos that would soon fester in the freshman congresswoman's life.
Now according to the New York Post, federal investigators have opened a probe into the financial ties between the chief of staff, the political action campaigns (PAC) Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, and two private companies owned by Chakrabarti.
The Post article reports that over $1 million dollars in PAC money were transferred to two different private companies, both of which were wholly-owned by Chakrabarti. This complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center alleges this was been done so the campaign could fly under the financial reporting that would otherwise be required by a PAC.
The feds are also reportedly looking into whether AOC had restricted the pay of her chief of staff, so that he would not be forced to disclose any income outside of what he earned being AOC’s chief of staff.
This also isn’t the first time many of these names have shown up involved in alleged scandal. Back in February the Daily Mail reported that the Coolidge Reagan Foundation had filed an ethics complaint against AOC for possible misuse of campaign funds in getting her boyfriend a job. The complaint alleges that AOC hired her boyfriend and then paid him using campaign, PAC Brand New Congress, and Brand New Congress LLC money as a marketing consultant.