Controversial freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have found herself in some hot water with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) after allegations surfaced late Wednesday evening that she funneled campaign money received from a PAC to her boyfriend. The irony if this proves to be true is that as a new representative Ocasio-Cortez has made it her political mission in Congress to hold others accountable.
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, which is a Republican group, filed the complaint against Ocasio-Cortez, claiming Brand New Congress PAC paid Riley Roberts for his marketing services.
This complaint is just now coming to light after it was determined someone had written an article on this exact matter in 2017.
The complaint reads the following: “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.”
Attorney Dan Backer, who represents the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, told the New York Post: “It is totally legal, as a candidate, to hire family members, people you know to work for you. But they didn’t do that.”
He added, “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.”
When Ocasio-Cortez caught wind of these allegations earlier in the week, she immediately tried to discredit the source with a Twitter post. “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.”
The PAC that worked with Ocasio-Cortez has also denied any wrongdoing by claiming all payments were done by the book. “[Roberts] is a professional digital marketing and growth consultant who specializes in social media presence and subscriber engagement,” a spokesperson for the organization told Fox News.
It would appear that newbies should be careful who they toss stones at.