FEC investigation into AOC’s campaign finds violations by campaign manager, but dismisses complaint

FEC investigation into AOC’s campaign finds violations by campaign manager, but dismisses complaint

A two year investigation into congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign for US Representative wrapped up this week, with the Federal Elections Commission finding AOC’s campaign manager failed to properly disclose some expenses, but chose to dismiss the complaint.

The FEC findings showed two political action committees “did not properly disclose the purpose of the disbursements” when they donated to AOC’s 2018 congressional campaign, and in doing so may have violated the $5,000 donation limit for federal elections.

The complaint, filed by the National Legal and Policy Center alleges two AOC campaign managers funneled $1 million through shell companies into AOC’s campaign by donating through the PACs Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats.

In spite of its findings, the FEC decided on Monday to dismiss the complaint, prompting outcry from the NLPC. “The FEC has gone after a whole host of people whose violations are dwarfed by the scale of this scheme,” said NLPC attorney Paul Kamenar. “It appears to be not prosecutorial discretion, but prosecutorial favoritism.”

The FEC investigations panel did not disclose a reason for its dismissal of the complaint.

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