A former FEC Commissioner says there is “more than enough evidence” to justify the FEC opening a civil investigation into the complaint against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti.
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were accused of violating campaign finance laws and illegally funneling nearly $885,000 in contributions from political action committees.
“As a former FEC commissioner who has studied the complaint against Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti, I have concluded that there is unquestionably more than enough evidence to justify the FEC opening a civil investigation,” wrote Hans Von Spakovsky in a recent Fox News oped.
Even worse, writes Spakovsky, there’s also enough evidence for the Department of Justice to consider opening a criminal investigation into the complaint.
“There seems to be enough evidence here to justify opening a criminal investigation,” he writes. “As the Washington Examiner reported, Chakrabarti appeared to be operating a “slush fund.” Campaign finance attorneys called this arrangement ‘really weird.'”
He continues, “The complaint to the FEC says Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff ‘orchestrated an extensive off-the-books operation to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures in support of multiple candidates for federal office.’ We don’t know what further investigation will find. But it is clear an investigation is needed to determine if Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti broke the law.”
Ocasio-Cortez has denied the campaign finance violation allegations.
“There is no violation,” the Congresswoman told Fox News last week after landing at Ronald Reagan National Airport. She responded, “No, no” when asked if the complaint proves her campaign was connected to “dark money.”