In a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) the Coolidge Reagan Foundation claims that using a third party PAC–the Brand New Congress PAC–to pay Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend Riley Roberts may have violated campaign finance laws.
The PAC made two $3,000 payments to Roberts–one in August 2017 and one in September 2017.
“It is totally legal, as a candidate, to hire family members, people you know to work for you. But they didn’t do that,” said attorney Dan Backer, who filed the complaint.
“Instead of paying him directly, they paid him through an intermediary — in order to obscure the fact that they paid him. The FEC should investigate and find out if that’s the case. That’s the allegation,” Backer added.
The Brand New Congress PAC told Fox News there was nothing illegal about the payments.
“[Roberts] is a professional digital marketing and growth consultant who specializes in social media presence and subscriber engagement,” a spokeswoman for Brand New Congress PAC said.
“He was hired through a two-month trial period, beginning on August 3, 2017, and worked through the end of September 2017. Services to the Brand New Congress PAC consisted of advertising strategies for potential growth, developing metrics, and aiding in execution of strategy to increase brand awareness for the PAC as a whole.”
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