The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation filed official complaint before the Federal Election Commission on February 27 that accuses Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of laundering money through a PAC to provide campaign funds for her boyfriend Riley Roberts.
On February 15th TGP contributor Cassandra Fairbanks reported on reporter Luke Thompson’s accusations that Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) put her boyfriend on staff drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime. Twitter temporarily suspended Thompson for making the accusations.
Boyfriend Riley Roberts is listed in the congressional directory as staff, not as a boyfriend or spouse.
The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation accuses Ocasio-Cortez of using a PAC to pay her boyfriend. The court document accuses AOC of funneling money from her official campaign account to her boyfriend.
According to the FEC suit: Over the span of a little more than a month, AOC’s campaign committee paid just over $6,000 to Brand New Congress PAC, while its affiliated LLC turned around and paid her boyfriend $6,000. Ocasio-Cortez subsequently hired Chakrabarti, who created the entities which conducted these transactions and facilitated the transfer of Ocasio-Cortez’s official campaign funds to her boyfriend, as the Chief of Staff of her congressional office.
A copy of the lawsuit from the Coolidge-Reagan Foundation is posted below.
The Washington Times reported:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was hit Thursday with an ethics complaint for listing her live-in boyfriend as a staff member and getting him an official House email address.
The liberal superstar violated at least two provisions of the House Code of Official Conduct and possibly U.S. criminal law by making false statements about boyfriend Riley Roberts being a staff member, according to the complaint by the conservative Coolidge Reagan Foundation.
“AOC has gotten away with utter hypocrisy for far too long. The Coolidge Reagan Foundation will do whatever it takes to expose AOC’s transgressions and hold her accountable,” said Shaun McCutcheon, the chairman of the foundation. “We’re going to actively monitor AOC’s campaign finance reports and congressional actions to push back on her un-American, anti-speech agenda.”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has denied any wrongdoing and accused conservative groups of targeting her.
The congresswoman’s office has said that Mr. Roberts is not a staff member and receives the same benefits as spouses, including a House email address.