"You might say from a campaign finance angle that the LLC was essentially operating as an unregistered committee".
'There is no violation, ' the first-term lawmaker told Fox News as she arrived in Washington, D.C. for a day when votes in the House are scheduled. "In all my years of studying FEC reports, I've never seen a more ambitious operation to circumvent reporting requirements".
The complaint was drafted by the Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center. "If the PACs and campaigns were required to provide additional information on subvendor payments made by Brand New Congress LLC, it would have done so", Mitrani said. If the corporation undertook polling, fundraising and other campaign activities on behalf of candidates and committees, commissioners could conclude that they did not accurately describe those activities in their filings, he said.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019. The goal was "to essentially run the full campaigns" and act as a vendor.
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NLPC claimed the hundreds of thousands of dollars "were expended in support of 10 or more congressional candidates by a for-profit entity called Brand New Congress LLC, apparently operated by Chakrabarti".
According to Mirati's statement, Brand New Congress LLC was launched along with the PAC as part of an effort to elect progressive non-career politician candidates to Congress.
The payments were apparently made for the objective of "Strategic Consulting", which is - to say the least - extremely ambiguous, if not outright suspicious. He discussed the strategy in a 2016 MSNBC interview, and the PACs posted explanations about the LLC's role on their websites.
"AOC is trying to raise taxes and she just drove Amazon out of our state, so we lost 25,000 high paying jobs in NY state, a state that's bleeding people every single day to other states because taxes are too high", Eric Trump said.
Former Federal Election Commission lawyer Adav Noti said such an arrangement does mirror a practice used by "scam PACs" and raises a "warning flag", but he said there's no evidence to support a kickback allegation in this case.