Ocasio-Cortez aide accused of funneling $1M into private accounts

Olive Hawkins
March 5, 2019

Just this week, she responded to a front-page New York Post expose that the champion of so-called Green New Deal is known to ride in a auto.

In the absence of reporting to the FEC, the money could have been pocketed or used to pay for off-the-books campaign operations, argues the complaint, which names Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as respondents.

The buzzy House freshman told the audience at a screening of documentary "Knock Down the House" on Sunday that she sometimes suffers from so-called "impostor syndrome", or the feeling that she's doesn't truly deserve to be where she is today.

Contrary to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce "dark money" in politics, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff funneled more than $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

"I think it's important that any solution that we have centers the Venezuelan people and centers the democracy of Venezuelan people first", she said.

"I'm curious if Rep. Vargas will further explain his stance here that it's unacceptable to even *question* U.S. foreign policy", Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "The people who elected us get to make those choices". "We need to have a big tent in our party or we won't keep the House or win the White House".

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"I am generally opposed to USA interventionism as a principle, but particularly under this administration and under his leadership, I think it's a profound mistake", she added.

In a closed-door meeting afterward, according to The Washington Post, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded her wayward center-leaning colleagues, telling them: "We are either a team or we're not". Joseph Crowley (D-NY), who Ocasio-Cortez defeated for re-election in 2018.

"I didn't say that they were putting themselves on a list for primaries", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them insane". It appears, however, that they underwrote a score of campaign-related events and activities for Ocasio-Cortez and other Congressional candidates.

Justice Democrats supported 12 candidates during the 2018 election, with a stated goal of getting at least one of them to unseat an establishment Democratic incumbent.

In an interview with the New Yorker, Ocasio-Cortez admitted the fight can be exhausting.

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