Former AOC Aides Skims 140K in PAC Funds for Himself
A former top to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) reportedly laid aside quite a bit of money in donor funds from his political action committee (PAC) for himself. After stepping down from his position as her communications director in 2019, Corbin Trent created the No Excuses PAC.
He created the PAC with the mission to kill the Senate filibuster by targeting Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ). However, Trent reportedly did not spend much money on its mission.
“Instead, Trent paid himself nearly $140,000 for reported communication and management consulting between February 2021 and September 2023, which is shown in Federal Election Commission filings,” the article said.
His group paid more than $14,000 for radio ad buys regarding the two senators, “meaning his PAC had paid him ten times more for reported consulting services than it spent on its stated goals,” the Fox report stated.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trent also wanted the PAC to urge centrist Senate Democrats to be more progressive, and the PAC is also “revamping its mission to urge President Joe Biden not to seek reelection in 2024,” the report said.
Sounding the alarm, the No Excuses PAC told Democrats that polls were showing Biden would lose to former President Donald Trump, adding there was still time for Biden to allow someone else to run against Trump.
While not responding directly to requests for comment by The Examiner or Fox News, Trent told the Daily Beast he earned the money from television appearances, which he said furthered the PAC’s mission. However, the publication noted that he had made consistent payments to himself even when he did not appear on television.
Before acting as an adviser to Ocasio-Cortez and later forming No Excuses, Trent co-founded Justice Democrats, which was instrumental in pushing her into power.