A former top aide to socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been caught funneling tens of thousands of dollars to himself from a political action committee (PAC) that spent very little on its claimed mission.
Corbin Trent funneled six figures in donor funds from his PAC into his own pockets for reported consulting work.
Trent previously acted as a top aide to Ocasio-Cortez and helped propel her into office.
He formed the No Excuses PAC after he departed as her communications director in 2019 and exited her campaign in 2020.
Trent launched No Excuses in 2021 with the goal of nuking the Senate filibuster.
The group sought to target Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kirsten Sinema (I-AZ).
However, a recent report shows that No Excuses barely spent any money on its stated endeavors.
Instead, Trent paid himself nearly $140,000 for reported communication and management consulting between February 2021 and September 2023.
The huge payouts are revealed in Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings.
During this time, Trent’s group spent just $14,831 on radio ad buys targeting Manchin and Sinema, meaning his PAC had paid him ten times more for reported consulting services than it spent on its stated goals, the publication noted.
Trent, who did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment, 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 AOC and later forming No Excuses, Trent co-founded Justice Democrats.
The far-left group was instrumental in pushing AOC and other socialist Democrats into power.
No Excuses has pivoted away from the filibuster to what appears to be persuading President Biden not to run for a second term.
The PAC is also asking for donations to do so.
Help us put this ad on TV and radio in Washington, D.C. to grab media attention and start a serious conversation among Democratic leaders in 2024.
Donate here: https://t.co/rCyqzU2hso pic.twitter.com/gd6KVDBFi5
— No Excuses PAC (@NoExcuses_Pac) November 8, 2023
“President Biden, you’ve accomplished more in three years than most two-term presidents,” No Excuses says in the ad posted to X.
“But battleground state voters say they’ll vote for Trump if you’re the Democratic nominee.
“If you attempt to cling to power, your legacy will be Donald Trump’s final destruction of our democracy,” the ad continues.
“If you step aside, however, you’ll be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in history.
“Thank you, Joe. But now it’s time to go.”
No Excuses reported just over $1,500 in the bank in its most recent filings and would not tell the Daily Beast how much it has raised to this day.