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originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
originally posted by: ThirdEyeofHorus
This would be such poetic justice don’t you think dailycaller.com...
BlackJackal might want to read that article. Apparently, AOC and her chief of staff are on the board of that PAC. In fact, they are 2 of the 3 board members. It's going to be really, really hard to believe she didn't know what he was doing.
originally posted by: Dfairlite
a reply to: BlackJackal
Well, actually we have a lot of evidence as it's all publicly available. The law prohibits coordination between a PAC and a candidates campaign. She ran a PAC that supported her campaign, that's quite a few steps further than simple coordination. We also know that the PAC gave money to her campaign (again, public information), with her running the PAC this means many people went over the individual contribution limit by laundering money through the PAC then to the campaign. So really, all the evidence needed to convict her (and others if they knew the PAC supported her campaign and that she was on the board of the PAC) is public.
In announcing Mr. Harber’s guilty plea in February of this year, Justice Department officials highlighted this as the “[f]irst criminal prosecution in the United States based upon the coordination of campaign contributions between political committees.” And the Department committed itself to “addressing the threat posed to the integrity of federal primary and general elections by coordinated campaign contributions… [through] aggressive [prosecution] at every appropriate opportunity.” Statement of Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, Press Release, United States Department of Justice, February 12, 2015.
So, what must a candidate or PAC manager do to avoid having the FBI show up with subpoenas and a long list of questions? How can you avoid the pain of a grand jury investigation? And how can you learn from Mr. Harber’s prosecution? First, don’t coordinate. Maintain a strict and demonstrable distance between the official campaign organization and any PAC that advocates for your candidate or against his or her opponent. Be ready to demonstrate – dare I say prove – that there is no coordinating relationship. Second, avoid filling the ranks of the PAC with long-time campaign operatives with close political and even family ties to the candidate. These will be clear red flags. Third, consider that regular campaign lawyers may not be the best source for advice on what constitutes coordination and to provide “advice of counsel” cover for any action you choose to take. You’ll need help in ensuring compliance with the law, talking plainly to an army of political operatives and supporters and providing you with a viable legal defense when the Department of Justice comes calling. Because, no matter what you think of Tyler Harber, the Justice Department is coming.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Tyler Eugene Harber, 34, of Alexandria, a former campaign finance manager and political consultant, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release for coordinating $325,000 in federal election campaign contributions by a political action committee (PAC) to a Congressional campaign committee.
This is the first criminal prosecution in the United States based upon the coordination of campaign contributions between political committees. As a condition of Harber’s supervised release, he is prohibited from participating in a political campaign for the duration of his supervised release.
“Campaign finance laws exist to guard against illegal activity such as coordinated campaign contributions,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia can rely on this office enforce federal campaign finance law.”
originally posted by: neutronflux
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
I am guessing BlackJackal will have to abandon this thread since actual facts and case history are now being cited.
But I am guessing if the FEC goes to investigate AOC, the house democrats will just lump the FEC into the Trump witch-hunt. What’s another 20 subpoenas on top of the 80 already issued.
Another user of this site has made the assertion public documents exist which show the coordination of AOC’s PAC and her campaign. So far, these documents have not been produced. If these documents are produced
Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff illegally moved $885G in campaign contributions 'off the books,' FEC complaint alleges
The complaint was drafted by the conservative, Virginia-based National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC). Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti, according to the NLPC's complaint, appeared to have "orchestrated an extensive off-the-books operation to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures in support of multiple candidates for federal office."
The funds, the NLPC writes, were likely spent on campaign events for Ocasio-Cortez and other far-left Democratic candidates favored by Chakrabarti, who made his fortune in Silicon Valley and previously worked on Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. But no precise accounting for the expenses is available, and the complaint asks the FEC to conduct an investigation into the matter immediately.
to appropriate (something, such as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use
to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's care.