First, there was Rep. Ilhan Omar who was caught red-handed re-directing campaign cash to her supposed “lover.”
Now, it’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s turn to get in on the action. She was just caught funneling more than $200,000 to the firm established by Justice Democrats. You know, the one that propelled her to office in the first place.
THAT is the very definition of a “quid pro quo.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign hauled in $1.4 million in contributions and reported $924,349.64 in operating expenditures between July 1 and Sept. 30, its filings show. Middle Seat Consulting, a firm that “supports campaigns, organizations, and causes fighting for racial justice, climate action, immigrant rights, intersectional feminism, economic justice, and more,” was paid $210,364.37 by the freshman representative’s committee during this time for email fundraising, digital ad commission, list rentals, and strategy. The disbursements are a major increase from the combined $89,000 it gave to Middle Seat during the first and second quarters. Ocasio-Cortez’s committee has now cut the group checks totaling $300,000 this year. Middle Seat is the campaign’s highest paid vendor.
Middle Seat’s leadership includes the same cast of characters as several other Ocasio-Cortez-linked PACs and groups, including those that have come under scrutiny by watchdogs.
Middle Seat was cofounded in 2017 by Zack Exley, a former senior adviser for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. Exley is one of four cofounders of Justice Democrats alongside fellow Sanders campaign alum Saikat Chakrabarti, who acted as Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff before departing from her office in August to work at New Consensus, a group pushing the Green New Deal that was also cofounded by Exley.
Hector Sigala and Kenneth Pennington, both of whom worked with Exley and Chakrabarti on the Sanders campaign, are listed as governors of Middle Seat in D.C. records. …
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