In their statement, attorneys for Ocasio-Cortez explained that Brand New Congress LLC and Brand New Campaign LLC were one and the same entity, and that Brand New Campaign LLC had simply changed its name to Brand New Congress LLC.
It is unclear in the filing who profited from the payments, according to the Post.
Justice Democrats responded to questions about the arrangement in a May 2018 post titled: "When I look at the FEC report for Justice Democrats in 2017, why are there so many expenditures to 'Brand New Congress"?
A number of people also seemed unamused by the congresswoman's assessment of the "GOP amendment" she mentioned. Under the agency's rules, for instance, a political committee must provide memos listing all the vendors paid through a campaign credit card, but the agency has not required campaign vendors to detail their payments to other vendors in a similar fashion, he said.
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Ocasio-Cortez shamed the Democrats for going along with the "Republican maneuver" to add a "poison pill" minutes before they are set to vote on the bill. Even more tellingly, while Brand New Campaign LLC is registered in DE, there are no Secretary of State records for Brand New Congress LLC, and the time or location of its incorporation remain unknown.
"Justice Democrats were instrumental ... in pulling off the biggest upset in modern American politics by recruiting, training, and ultimately electing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's 14th Congressional District", the group stated.
The payments were apparently made for the goal of "Strategic Consulting", which is - to say the least - extremely ambiguous, if not outright suspicious.
"We're looking for people who are good at what they do", he told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in a 2016 interview. So, we were transparent about it from the start, ' he said.
Former Federal Election Commission lawyer Adav Noti said such an arrangement does mirror a practice used by "scam PACs" and raises a "warning flag", but he said there's no evidence to support a kickback allegation in this case.