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NO WALLS OF SEPARATION IN KNOXVILLE OFFICE RUN BY AOC CHIEF OF STAFF CHAKRABARTI

NO WALLS OF SEPARATION IN KNOXVILLE OFFICE RUN BY AOC CHIEF OF STAFF CHAKRABARTI

three.11.19 – Breitbart

“No ‘Partitions of Separation’ in Knoxville Workplace Run by AOC Chief of Employees Chakrabarti”

By Michael Patrick Leahy

Excerpts from this text:

There
have been no “partitions of separation” within the three,500 sq. ft of workplace area
in Knoxville, Tennessee that in 2017 and 2018 housed two political
motion committees (PACs), two personal consulting companies, and at the very least 12
congressional campaigns committees, all managed or run by Saikat
Chakrabarti, who now serves as freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s
(D-NY) chief of employees.

A
supply accustomed to the constructing informed Breitbart Information that Model New
Marketing campaign LLC, a personal firm shaped in Delaware on February 13, 2017
that was apparently managed by Chakrabarti, leased the second and
third flooring of the constructing situated at 714 S. Homosexual Road in downtown Knoxville from the spring of 2017 till March 2018.

The
second flooring “is solely open area, with no partitions in any respect,” whereas the
third flooring is “principally open area with a couple of enclosed workplaces,” a supply
in Knoxville, Tennessee, who’s acquainted with the area advised Breitbart
Information.

The opposite entities managed or run by Chakrabarti on the time that have been housed at 714 S. Homosexual St. in the course of the interval of occupancy of Model New Marketing campaign LLC included:

  • Model New Congress, a PAC
  • Justice Democrats, a PAC
  • Model New Congress, LLC, a personal consulting agency apparently managed by Chakrabarti
  • The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez marketing campaign, which filed its assertion of organizationwith
    the FEC that listed the constructing as its workplaces on Might 17, 2017 and
    listed its e-mail as “[email protected],” the e-mail handle of
    Model New Congress, the PAC.
  • Six
    congressional campaigns which filed their unique statements of
    group with the FEC in Might 2017 that listed the constructing as its
    workplace and listed its e-mail as “[email protected],” the e-mail
    tackle of Model New Congress, the PAC: Robert Ryerse 2018,  Letitia Plummer 2018,  Adrienne Bell 2018, Sarah Smith 2018,  Chardo Richardson for Congress, and the Anthony Clark marketing campaign
  • 5
    further congressional campaigns that filed amended statements of
    group with the FEC in July  2017 that listed  714 S. Homosexual St.
    Knoxville as their headquarters, and an e mail handle of the Model New
    Congress PAC ([email protected]) as their marketing campaign e-mail
    tackle: Cori Bush 2018,  Paula Swearengin 2018,  Committee to Elect Ryan Stone, Hector Morales for Congress, and the Perry for Pennsylvania marketing campaign

Some
of the congressional campaigns subsequently filed amendments to their
assertion of group itemizing totally different addresses for his or her workplaces.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, nevertheless, did NOT  file an amended assertion of group with
the FEC altering the handle of her marketing campaign headquarters from 714 S.
Homosexual Road, Knoxville, Tennessee to a location in New York till
November 20, 2018, two weeks after she gained the overall election to
symbolize New York’s 14th Congressional District within the U.S. Home of
Representatives, and greater than six months after the Model New Marketing campaign
LLC lease of the Knoxville workplace area ended.

All
informed, at the least 16 totally different organizations, all managed or managed by
Chakrabarti and, within the case of two of these organizations – her personal
marketing campaign starting in Might 2017 and Justice Democrats starting in
February 2018, by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez –  listed the 714. S. Homosexual Road
location as their headquarters in the course of the 2017 to 2018 time-frame of
Model New Marketing campaign LLC’s occupancy of the workplace area there.

Coordination
between PACs and congressional campaigns is a violation of election
regulation, and within the uncommon circumstances the place PACs and congressional
campaigns have been recognized to share workplace area, FEC laws require firewalls – “partitions of separation” to assist make sure that unlawful coordination doesn’t happen.

However
sources in Knoxville who visited the workplace whereas it was occupied by
Chakrabarti and his associates among the many 16 or extra entities housed
there that he managed or managed say that the bodily format of the area seemed that it housed a single, built-in entity.

Breitbart
Information has obtained a brochure with the actual property itemizing for the
area, which features a image of each of the flooring within the area that
was leased by Chakrabarti and Corbin Trent, on the time a resident of
Morristown, Tennessee, and the Tennessee coordinator for the 2016 Bernie
Sanders marketing campaign who’s now Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s communications
director, on behalf of one of many many entities that occupied it.

…Based on his restaurant bio, Trent is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, the place annual tuition runs about $30,000 per yr.

Trent
was paid by each the Justice Democrats PAC and the Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez congressional marketing campaign from August 2018 to November 2018, the Free Beacon reported.

Sources
inform Breitbart Information that Chakrabarti and Trent made quite a few visits to
potential headquarters round Knoxville within the spring of 2017 earlier than deciding on the 714 S. Homosexual Road location.

The
lease between Model New Marketing campaign LLC and David Dewhirst, a personal
particular person who owned the constructing in early 2017 and in addition serves because the
principal proprietor and CEO of Dewhirst Properties, was signed a while
between March 1, 2017 and Might 1, 2017, at which era Model New Marketing campaign
LLC initiated its occupancy.

Sources
inform Breitbart Information that instantly upon starting its occupancy of
the workplace area at 714 S. Homosexual Road, Model New Marketing campaign LLC, Model New
Congress LLC, Model New Congress the PAC, and Justice Democrats, the
PAC started bringing in potential congressional candidates for auditions.

The Justice Democrats PAC wrote in
a message posted on the group’s “Recent Desk” on Might eight, 2018 concerning the
technique and techniques behind these open casting requires congressional
candidates:

[M]any
of the founding members of Justice Democrats additionally helped begin Model
New Congress in April of 2016. At the moment, the aim was not simply to
endorse present candidates who’ve campaigns. Our aim with Model New
Congress was to recruit candidates who weren’t fascinated by operating
already and to truly absolutely run all of their campaigns as if it was
one huge presidential race. This was proper after the Bernie marketing campaign, so
this was our thought for tips on how to recreate that Bernie motion in an enormous
400-candidate nationwide race.

This
would allow us to have all types of efficiencies that include an enormous
nationwide race and in addition, we believed, was a method we might create a
nationwide motion round taking up Congress. It will additionally, we
believed, allow us to recruit totally different sorts of candidates who might not have
had loads of expertise operating campaigns however who believed on this huge
imaginative and prescient to vary our nation.

“The
ONLY option to do work for a number of candidates legally at this scale is to
create an LLC and act as a vendor,” the Justice Democrats memo continued:

For
that purpose, we created Model New Congress, LLC. To maintain issues easy,
we put all our employees in that LLC and had it act as the seller for each
the PAC and all of the candidates. We had in our working settlement that
the objective of the LLC was to not make a revenue, and as such, we made our
costs as little as potential whereas nonetheless satisfying the FEC’s requirement
that we’re charging one thing affordable as a result of, once more, if we weren’t
we might primarily be doing closely discounted work for candidates and
that’s unlawful and immoral since preventing darkish cash is actually what
we need to do. To attempt to make this as clear as attainable, we not solely
had the language in our working settlement concerning the LLC’s function, however
we additionally made positive that Saikat Chakrabarti was the one controlling
member of the LLC, and that he took no wage (both from the LLC, from
Justice Democrats, or from Model New Congress the PAC). Saikat is fortunate
to have a small aspect enterprise that generates him sufficient revenue that he
is ready to do all of this work as a volunteer.

Ballotpedia described the management historical past of Justice Democrats as follows:

As of February 2018, the board of Justice Democrats consisted of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti.

In Might 2017, the next people held management positions with the group:

  • Cenk Uygur, Co-founder
  • Kyle Kulinski, Co-founder
  • Zack Exley, Co-founder
  • Saikat Chakrabarti, Co-founder
  • David Koller, Treasurer

Cenk
Uygur and David Koller resigned from Justice Democrats in December 2017
after it was discovered that each had authored blogposts within the early
2000s that contained language the group deemed sexist or
degrading to ladies. Kyle Kulinski subsequently additionally resigned from the
Justice Democrats’ board because of his disagreement with how the departure
of Uygur was dealt with by the group.

The Justice Democrats Political Motion Committee filed its assertion of group with the Federal Election Fee on January 9, 2017, and listed 6230 Wilshire Blvd #140 Los Angeles,CA as headquarters, with David Koller of that very same handle as treasurer. In an amended assertion of group filed with the FEC on December 22, 2017, it listed its headquarters as P.O. Field 914, Knoxville, Tennessee. Tara Reilly, whose tackle was listed as 714 South Homosexual St. , Knoxville, Tennessee, was the treasurer. In its most up-to-date amended assertion of group filed
with the FEC on September 12, 2018, the headquarters was listed as P.O
Field 910, Knoxville, Tennessee, and the treasurer was listed as Alexandra
Rojas of Knoxville, Tennessee.

As soon as
permitted, the paperwork for every candidacy was created, itemizing 714 S.
Homosexual St. because the congressional marketing campaign’s headquarters.

On
August 10, 2017, a Knoxville based mostly agency referred to as Radius Properties LLC
bought the constructing at 714. S. Homosexual Road from David Dewhirst for
$840,000,  at which era the Model New Marketing campaign LLC lease with Dewhirst
was transferred to Radius Properties LLC.

The Knoxville Information Sentinel reported final
week that on the time of this property switch, the accountable social gathering
for the cost of the lease was modified from Model New Marketing campaign LLC to
Justice Democrats, the PAC.

Federal
Election Fee data present that Justice Democrats paid Radius
Properties LLC a complete of $14,125 between September 2017 and February
2018: $three,500 on September 1, 2017, $three,675 on December 17, 2017, $three,500
on January 1, 2018, and $three,500 on February 1, 2018.

There
is not any report in FEC filings of another expenditure within the class of
“lease” for Justice Democrats between January 1, 2017 and December 31,
2018.

Sources
accustomed to Knoxville actual property actions inform Breitbart Information that
funds due for the months of October within the quantity of $three,500 and
November within the quantity of $three,500 have been made to the owner, Radius
Properties LLC by Model New Marketing campaign LLC, and never Justice Democrats.

If
this seems to be true, it opens up a whole new line of inquiry
in regards to the potential coordination between the PACs, consulting
companies, and congressional campaigns managed by Chakrabarti.

One
function of FEC reporting necessities for PACs and federal political
campaigns is to make sure transparency of expenditures made by these
entities.

The
proven fact that the alleged cost of the lease by Model New Marketing campaign LLC in
October and November 2017 at a time when the lease had apparently been
transferred to Justice Democrats, the PAC, was not reported in FEC
filings brings up this pure query:  What
different working expenditures of Justice Democrats have been paid for by
Model New Marketing campaign LLC or Model New Congress LLC and never reported to the
FEC?

Throughout
the 2018 marketing campaign cycle, the 12 congressional marketing campaign committees which
have been headquartered on the three,500 sq. ft of leased area at 714 S.
Homosexual Road paid Model New Congress LLC, which listed its tackle as 714
S. Homosexual Road in Knoxville, Tennessee in FEC filings, somewhat greater than
$160,000 for “strategic consulting providers.”

As
different information retailers have reported extensively and as a current grievance
filed with the FEC alleges, in the course of the time interval from the formation of
the Model New Congress PAC in April 2016 to December 31, 2018, the
personal consulting entities managed by Chakrabarti– Model New
Marketing campaign LLC and Model New Congress LLC — have been paid greater than $1 million
in “strategic consulting charges” from the 2 PACs he managed –
Justice Democrats and Model New Congress, the PAC – and at the least 12
congressional campaigns to which his consulting entity Model New
Congress LLC offered “strategic consulting providers.”

Model New Congress, the PAC, filed its assertion of group with
the FEC on April 5, 2016, and listed its headquarters as PO Field 416,
Crane Missouri, with Zack Exley of the identical handle as its treasurer.

It
made its first expenditure to Model New Marketing campaign LLC, whose tackle was
merely listed as New York, New York, 10114, within the quantity of $10,000 on Might 17, 2016 for
“strategic consulting.” All advised, Model New Congress, the PAC, paid
Model New Marketing campaign LLC $200,000 between Might 17, 2016 and December 31,
2016 for “strategic consulting,” in response to FEC stories.

Complete
receipts of Model New Congress, the PAC, for 2016 have been simply over
$252,000, and complete expenditures have been $220,000–$200,000 of which went to
Model New Marketing campaign LLC.

No matter type of company group Model New Marketing campaign LLC had in 2016, it had a brand new one in 2017.

Model
New Marketing campaign LLC was shaped as a Delaware company on February 13,
2017 and listed its handle as 109 E. Foremost Road, Morristown,
Tennessee. At its formation, the corporate had three members, based on
paperwork filed with the Delaware Secretary of State, presumably two of
whom have been Chakrabarti and Corbin Trent. In accordance with the Delaware
Secretary of State’s web site, the corporate has been inactive since August
eight, 2018.

Model New Congress, the PAC, made no additional funds to Model New Marketing campaign LLC after December 31, 2016.

However
on January 7, 2017 Model New Congress, the PAC, made its first cost
within the quantity of $20,000 for “strategic consulting” to Model New
Congress LLC, which listed its handle as Knoxville, Tennessee, in accordance to FEC data.

On Might 10, 2017 Model New Congress, the PAC, filed an amended assertion of group with
the FEC by which it nonetheless listed its headquarters as Crane, Missouri,
however now listed Nasim Thompson of 714 S. Homosexual Road, Knoxville, TN as its
treasurer.

All
advised for the calendar yr 2017, Model New Congress, the PAC, paid
Model New Congress LLC greater than $247,000 in “strategic consulting charges,
and nothing in 2018, in accordance to
FEC data. It additionally paid Riley Roberts, a resident of Arizona
reportedly stated to be the boyfriend of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez $6,000
for “advertising consulting” in August and September 2017.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Model
New Congress PAC transferred one other $240,000 to Model New Congress
LLC, additionally for “strategic consulting.” One other PAC co-founded by
Chakrabarti that yr, Justice Democrats, transferred a further
$605,000 to Model New Congress LLC in 2017.

Model
New Congress LLC doesn’t look like registered in any state,
based on state authorities data obtainable on-line. It’s unclear
the place or when it was included.

Adav
Noti, the senior director of the Marketing campaign Authorized Middle and a former FEC
lawyer, stated the association was extremely uncommon and appeared meant to
obscure the vacation spot of the funds.

“None
of that makes any sense,” stated Noti. “I can’t even start to disentangle
that. They’re both confused or they’re making an attempt to hide one thing.”

In line with revealed stories, as of January 2019 Chakrabarti is not affiliated with Justice Democrats or Model New Congress, the PAC.

Breitbart Information contacted each Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Mr. Chakrabarti for remark however acquired no response.

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