Despite finding that funds were not properly disclosed, the FEC moved against punitive actions
In an appalling display of “prosecutorial favoritism,” files released this week revealed that the FEC has refused to issue AOC’s campaign any fines or other rebukes after finding that funds were not disclosed “properly.” The panel of six, three Democrats and three Republicans, did not move against the violations, with all three Democrats and one Republican voting for dismissal.
From the New York Post:
Last week, the National Legal and Policy Center, which sent its 36-page complaint to the FEC in March, 2019, filed a lawsuit against the federal agency in Washington DC federal court, blasting the investigations panel — made up of three Democrats and three Republicans — for not providing a reason for its dismissal of the complaint. Three Democrats and one Republican voted to dismiss the complaint, filings show.
Paul Kamenar, an attorney for the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC,) had the following to say:
“The FEC has gone after a whole host of people whose violations are dwarfed by the scale of this scheme. It appears to be not prosecutorial discretion, but prosecutorial favoritism.”
The initial complaint by the NLPC alleged that AOC’s campaign was funneling over $1 million worth of political donations into companies controlled by AOC’s Chief of Staff, Chakrabarti. The cash transfers would have violated the $5,000 contribution limit to federal candidates by a massive amount.
That the FEC refused to go after this after a two-year probe shows blatant favoritism to the young, woke congresswoman. Since they waited over 30 days to release their findings publicly, they were able to avoid a legal challenge by the NLPC, according to a spokesperson from the organization.