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FEC Complaint Filed Against Ocasio-Cortez For Illegal Payments To Boyfriend

By Carmine Sabia at The Federalist Papers

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in some hot water now over payments to her boyfriend.

The 29-year-old was caught giving her boyfriend an email account on her official congressional email.

It was claimed by many that this was evidence that she had hired her boyfriend to be a member of her staff.

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Ocasio-Cortez denied the allegation and said she only gave him the address so he could check her emails for her.

But then it was discovered that her boyfriend was paid handsomely for some cushy job with one of her main campaign supporter PACS.

And now a Republican group has filed a complaint arguing that she violated campaign finance laws to pay her boyfriend, Fox News reported.

A Republican group filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday alleging that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign may have illegally funneled thousands of dollars through an allied PAC to boyfriend Riley Roberts.

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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.

“It’s not illegal for [Ocasio-Cortez] to pay her boyfriend, but it appears that they created some sort of scheme to avoid claiming the money [as a campaign expense],” Dan Backer, a D.C.-based attorney who filed the complaint on behalf of the foundation, told Fox News. “What exactly did he do for that money?”

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.

The FEC complaint specifically cites the use of “intermediaries” to make the payments, “the vague and amorphous nature of the services Riley ostensibly provided,” the relatively small amount of money raised by the campaign at that stage and “the romantic relationship between Ocasio-Cortez and Riley” in asserting the transactions might violate campaign finance law.

The Coolidge Reagan Foundation — a 501(c)(3) — is requesting that the FEC look into the payments for potential violations on relevant campaign finance laws that state that campaign contributions “shall not be converted by any person to personal use” and that “an authorized committee must report the name and address of each person who has received any disbursement not disclosed.”

Officials with BNC claimed in a previous statement, however, that everything was on the up and up regarding payments.

“[Roberts] is a professional digital marketing and growth consultant who specializes in social media presence and subscriber engagement,” said BNC’s Communications Director Zeynab Day, adding that his hiring was based “on his experience managing successful advertising and social media campaigns.”

Thanks to our good friends at The Federalist Papers for permission to republish this material.

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