Chakrabarti later launched another PAC Justice Democrats to support the effort, which more explicitly focuses on Democratic Party candidates.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrives for a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019.
Ocasio-Cortez, Michael Milisits said, "represents the new guard, the new generation (of Democrats)".
Eric Trump's older brother Donald Trump Jr. has also ripped Ocasio-Cortez.
Trent, who was the only member of Justice Democrats to appear on the payroll of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign, did not respond to an inquiry sent to his Justice Democrats email address seeking explanation about the work he was performing for the group while he was being paid by the Ocasio-Cortez campaign.
Fox News' Caroline McKee confronted Ocasio-Cortez at Ronald Reagan National Airport to ask her if she violated FEC rules and regulations regarding campaign contributions. The company, then called Brand New Campaign LLC, was set up to provide all-in-one campaign services to candidates without political background. This is the most diverse, it is in many ways the youngest, it is the most integrated Congress we've ever had. One of the thoughts among pundits was that the moment Bernie Sanders entered the race, the very popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would quickly endorse his candidacy. Sen.
Brand New Congress PAC, launched by Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti in 2016, spent more than 90 percent of its funds paying a firm owned by the PAC founder for "strategic consulting" in its first year and continued to pay the firm a big portion of its funds.
Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez's communications director in her Washington, D.C. office, was a leader of the Justice Democrats, the far-left group behind the freshman Democrat's sharp political rise and surprise upset victory over seasoned Democratic representative Joseph Crowley.
Republican election attorney Charlie Spies piled on, saying "it looks like the campaign and PAC are under common control and the PAC was funding campaign staff and activities as an alter-ego of the campaign committee, which would be a blatant abuse of the PAC rules", the Daily Caller reported.
Several people took to Twitter to call out Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti for their questionable dealings, claiming it was hypocritical for the congresswoman because of her outspoken opposition to dark money in politics. Such an arrangement could have allowed Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to receive donations in excess of the normal limit, by pooling contributions to both the PAC and the campaign itself.