Former Chief of Staff for AOC Under Federal Investigation


Saikat Chakrabarti, the former chief of staff for House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines after his resignation. However, Chakrabarti is back in the news amindst news of a federal investigation for alleged unlawful fundraising.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) filed the compliant earlier this year in March; reports have furthermore noted that the FEC only files compliants when they truly believe that wrongdoings took place.

At this time, the unlawful fundraising complaint pertains to the alleged funneling of more than $885,000 from left-wing PACS to LLC businesses which Chakrabarti managed.

Reviewing the Details of the FEC Complaint

The FEC maintains that Chakrabarti’s LLCs were exempt from having to provide reports on sizable expenditures. In April, Chakrabarti and Ocasio-Cortez faced accusations of using the former’s LLCs in order to give out various political contributions and charge a fraction of losses to candidates.

The congresswoman has staunchly denied these claims of wrongdoing; according to Ocasio-Cortez, all of the aforementioned claims are politically motivated and driven by “conservative interest groups just filing bogus proposals.”

Wages of Saikat Chakrabarti as AOC’s Chief of Staff

During Chakrabarti’s time as the congresswoman’s aide, he earned an annual salary of $80,000. This salary is significantly less than the $146,830 which is generally paid to individuals in his employment position. The FEC is looking into reasons behind the notable pay discrepany; circumventing the lawful requirement to disclose income from other sources is a possible reason.