Looks like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting a little nervous about the complaints filed against her.
At least three ethical or campaign finance complaints have been filed against her. She’s also faced questions over her control and that of her chief of staff over the Justice Democrats PAC while money from the PAC was allegedly being given to her campaign.
She’s not liking all the questions at all.
But in her effort to dispute them, she made several false tweets.
From Daily Caller:
The freshman congresswoman on Monday falsely claimed that Right to Rise, a Republican super PAC hit with an FEC fine on Monday, was behind the ethics complaints.
“Whoah: the creepy org filing bogus ethics complaints against me just *actually* got hit with one of the biggest fines in FEC history,” Ocasio-Cortez falsely asserted.
None of the complaints against her are from Right to Rise.
But that didn’t stop her from tweeting out more false information, claiming that Luke Thompson, who used to work for Right to Rise, had filed the complaints against her and that he’d been fined.
That wasn’t true, Thompson isn’t named in the complaint against Right to Rise.
Thompson was the first to point out that her boyfriend had been listed as staff and given a government email and he had noted her connection to the PAC but wasn’t behind the complaints against her.
Ocasio-Cortez previously launched a blatantly false attack on Republican consultant Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In that instance, Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a viral tweet that Holmes “helps run a multimillion dollar operation to have bot accounts manipulate online discourse.” There is no evidence to support that claim, which the congresswoman deleted after criticism online.
Meanwhile a former FEC Commissioner is saying he thinks there’s enough for both civil and criminal investigations.
From Daily Caller:
“As a former FEC commissioner who has studied the complaint against Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti, I have concluded that there is unquestionably more than enough evidence to justify the FEC opening a civil investigation,” Hans von Spakovsky, now a Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow, wrote in a Fox News op-ed Sunday.
“There seems to be enough evidence here to justify opening a criminal investigation,” he added.
Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the FEC that she and Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, controlled Justice Democrats while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign. If the FEC finds that her campaign and the political action committee were operating in affiliation, it could result in her campaign receiving excessive contributions, former FEC commissioner Brad Smith told TheDCNF.
Von Spakovsky said he expects the four active FEC commissioners, two Republicans, one Democrat and one independent, will vote in favor of opening an investigation into Ocasio-Cortez “given all the evidence of possible violations of the law that has already been made public.”
“We don’t know what further investigation will find,” he said. “But it is clear an investigation is needed to determine if Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti broke the law.”