AOC’s controversial chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti is leaving her congressional office.
Early July, Chakrabarti sparked outrage when he wore a T-shirt of a Hitler ally and Nazi collaborator.
Nothing to see her folks, just AOC's Chief of Staff wearing a shirt featuring Nazi collaborator, Subhas Chandra Bose. pic.twitter.com/lMKXHOKxxA
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) July 8, 2019
In case it's not clear, AOC's chief of staff is wearing a T-shirt with Subhas Chandra Bose on it — the Indian nationalist whose plan for fighting British colonialism involved sucking up to, uh, Hitler. https://t.co/Mvgcoa1R6a
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) July 8, 2019
Per FoxNews,Chakrabarti has been at the center of legal controversy. In April, he and Ocasio-Cortez were named in a Federal Election Commission complaint accusing them of overseeing a “shadowy web” of political action committees (PACs) that allowed them to raise more cash than they could have legally.
The complaint also alleged that a limited liability company (LLC) was created to avoid federal expenditure requirements by offering Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic candidates political consulting services at a price so low that the company apparently shut down before the election was even over.
The complaint centers on Brand New Congress LLC, a now-defunct company owned by Chakrabarti that aimed to recruit up to 400 left-wing candidates for national office. Dan Backer, the conservative attorney behind the complaint, said Brand New Congress LLC was guilty of providing campaign contributions known as “in-kind” expenditures by only charging candidates for a portion of the total cost of the service. Essentially, Backer claimed the company operated at a loss to provide its approved candidates with campaign services on the cheap.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, who has been criticized by some Democratic lawmakers, will be leaving the New York Democrat’s congressional office to join an organization working on the Green New Deal, according to several reports.
Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, will also be leaving the congressional office to join the congresswoman’s 2020 reelection campaign.
The Intercept first reported both staff moves.
Trent, in a statement to The Intercept, said that Chakrabarti will work with a group called New Consensus, a nonprofit focused on climate issues and promoting the Green New Deal.
“We are extraordinarily grateful for his service to advance a bold agenda and improve the lives of the people in NY-14,” Trent said in the statement. “From his co-founding of Justice Democrats to his work on the Ocasio-Cortez campaign and in the official office, Saikat’s goal has always been to do whatever he can to help the larger progressive movement, and we look forward to continuing working with him to do just that.”
Chakrabarti, who co-founded Justice Democrats — a political organization that helped Ocasio-Cortez get elected — was criticized last month by Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri. The comments came amid intra-party bickering between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ocasio-Cortez.
Clay called out Chakrabarti in July for a tweet where he compared moderate Democrats to “new Southern Democrats” that “certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.” The tweet has since been deleted.