AOC’s Flame-throwing Chief of Staff

Dem strategist Brad Bannon says Chakrabarti’s behavior is unprecedented.

..The first Dem source said the grenade-throwing has increased AOC’s visibility, but has sapped her power in the House.

…Chakrabarti’s tweets are closely scrutinized because he’s not simply AOC’s chief of staff, he’s the architect of her campaign — and the rainmaker. After a cashing out of Silicon Valley (he founded Mockingbird, a web-design tool), Chakrabarti used his newfound money to shepherd AOC’s rocketing career.

…He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. After earning a degree in computer science in 2007, he worked at Connecticut hedge fund Bridgewater for a year before decamping to San Francisco and delving into the start-up world.

…“I was surprised that he’s a liberal,” said Messinger, recalling their political discussions when they lived together in 2010. “He seemed to be very fiscally conservative.”

…Last year, during AOC’s campaign, Chakrabarti appeared in a video wearing a T-shirt with the likeness of Subhas Chandra Bose, a radical Indian nationalist and Nazi supporter who lived in Berlin for two years. 

…In March, several weeks after Ocasio-Cortez took office, she and Chakrabarti were named in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that accused them of setting up a $1 million slush fund by diverting money from two campaign committees to shell companies that Chakrabarti controls.

Chakrabarti keeps his personal finances private. Under federal law, congressional employees who earn more than $126,000 a year — the typical salary of a chief of staff — must fill out financial disclosure forms that list their investments and outside income. Chakrabarti gave himself an $80,000-a-year paycheck.

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