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Chakrabarti declined to comment as did a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez.

The complaint states that the Policy Center "has found reason to believe [the] Respondents knowingly and willfully violated 2 U.S.C. 434 (b)(5)(A)", a provision of US campaign finance law that requires the treasurer of any registered political committee to report the name and address of anyone who receives more than $200 in campaign-related spending from that committee, along with the dates and objective of that spending. Under the agency's rules, for instance, a political committee must provide memos listing all the vendors paid through a campaign credit card, but the agency has not required campaign vendors to detail their payments to other vendors in a similar fashion, he said.

The complaint was drafted by the Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center.

"It appears "strategic consulting" was a mischaracterization of a wide range of activities that should have been reported individually", the complaint stated.

Attorney Gayle Trotter discusses how a conservative group filed a FEC compliant against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti for potentially violating a campaign finance law. The PACs claimed the payments were for "strategic consulting".

The NLPC alleges that Ocasio-Cortez and the others named in the complaint diverted almost a million dollars in campaign donations to the coffers of a for-profit entity operated by Chakrabarti.

Some suggested the complaint could indicate hypocrisy from Democrats who have railed against "dark money" in politics.

The political operation that Chakrabarti helped establish centered on a novel approach: using a new crop of political action committees to help recruit and train hundreds of progressives to run for Congress and make it easier for little-known candidates to mount campaigns.

He said the Ocasio-Cortez "bubble will burst" eventually, but he added that he hopes it lasts until after the 2020 election.

Brand New Congress formed in 2016, followed by Justice Democrats the following year.

The payments were apparently made for the goal of "Strategic Consulting", which is - to say the least - extremely ambiguous, if not outright suspicious.

Documents filed (pdf) with the government in Washington list Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti as the entity's governors-those who control it-along with Nasim Thompson, former executive director and PAC board chair of Brand New Congress. "We should actively check antisemitism, anti-blackness, homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry", it said.

The final disposition of the funds is unknown because whatever expenditures were made were never reported to the FEC.

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