by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A government watchdog group is suing the Federal Election Commission after the agency dismissed its 2019 complaint alleging that Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s campaign failed to disclose hundreds of thousands in fundraising expenses and violated campaign contribution limits.
The National Legal and Policy Center filed its lawsuit Friday against the federal agency in Washington DC federal court, blasting a six-member investigations panel — made up of three Democrats and three Republicans — for not providing a reason for its dismissal of the complaint.
The 36-page March 4, 2019 complaint filed against Ocasio-Cortez, campaign treasurer Frank Llewellyn and former chief of staff Chaikat Sakrabarti, among others, alleged that Sakrabarti funneled more than $1 million in political donations into two of his own companies.
Those cash transfers from two political action committees to similarly named limited liability companies — Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats — may have violated the $5,000 contribution limit to federal candidates, the original complaint alleged.
On Feb. 25, NLPC chair Peter Flaherty received a certified letter from the FEC stating that nearly a month earlier — on January 27, 2022 — the agency had dismissed the complaint and “closed the file in this matter” after a deadlocked vote of its investigations panel, according to court papers.
A spokeswoman for AOC did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment Saturday.
Perhaps the congresswoman was too busy trying to shore up her shaky “Green New Deal.”
Even if all the Green New Deal’s goals were achieved, it would have a negligible, and likely immeasurable, impact on projected global warming, according to climate model simulation provided by a libertarian think tank.
“I seriously think the effect would — at best — be barely detectable in the climate record,” Patrick Michaels, a climatologist with the Cato Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.