Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) chief of staff helped create two political action committees that ultimately paid his corporation $1 million in 2016 and 2017, according to a new Washington Post report, citing federal campaign finance records.
The development was first reported by conservative outlets and Fox News. The corporation, Brand New Congress LLC, is owned by Saikat Chakrabarti, her now-chief of staff. Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign also reportedly paid Chakrabarti’s company an additional $18,880 in 2017 for consulting. It is unclear in the filing who profited from the payments, according to the Post. Chakrabarti worked as a volunteer manager of Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign the year after the payments were made, according to the Post.
An attorney for the campaign, the PACs and Chakrabarti’s company told the Post that Chkrabarti was never paid a salary or profit by any of the three entities.
Read the Post’s full story here.