Ocasio-Cortez's 'Salary Cap' Allows Her Staff To Avoid Financial Disclosure Laws
Congresswoman's cap on staff wages will bypass public transparency laws
Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's public portrait of 'cleaning up corruption' and addressing climate change may not be all its cracked up to be.
The congresswoman's words are far different from her actions, and in some cases, have ulterior motives, like the "living wage" rules she set for her staff.
Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to cap her office salaries at $80,000 will allow her chief of staff and senior employees to bypass public transparency laws, which would usually require them to reveal outside income.
Saikat Chakrabarti who is Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff and a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur would be protected from public disclosure laws.
According to the Washington Examiner, the government watchdog group, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), "said the $80,000 salary cap for Ocasio-Cortez’ senior staffers concerned because it could be used to intentionally evade financial disclosure laws."
Director of the NLPC’s Government Integrity Project, Tom Anderson, said:
"Purposefully underpaying staffers to avoid transparency is an old trick some of the most corrupt members of Congress have used time and again."
But unsurprisingly, Ocasio-Cortez's office refused to respond to a request for comment on the issue.
In response to recent claims by Rep. #AlexandriaOcasioCortez (D-NY) that she's "the boss," veteran actor #JamesWoods blasted the Democratic #socialist, calling her an "arrogant idiot" and reminding her that she works "for us."— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) February 26, 2019
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On Wednesday, we reported the Federal Election Commission received a complaint that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) allegedly funneled thousands of dollars in illegal payments to her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, through an allied PAC.
The complaint to the FEC was filed by Members of the Washington, D.C.-based Republican group Coolidge Reagan Foundation alleging finance fraud by Ocasio-Cortez's election campaign.
The organization alleges in their complaint that when the Brand New Congress PAC (BNC) -- a political arm of Brand New Congress LLC, a company that was hired by AOC to run her campaign -- paid Roberts for marketing services, it was potentially in breach of campaign finance law.
Ocasio-Cortez's boyfriend Riley Roberts reportedly received a total of over $6,000 during her run for congressional office in 2017.
Brand New Congress PAC, which was founded by AOC’s current Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti, claims it transferred two sums of $3,000 in return for his "marketing services."