Dems Angry That Deadbeat Ocasio-Cortez Won't Pay Party Dues
Although far-left socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on top when it comes to fundraising compared to her Democratic colleagues, the socialist hasn’t donated a penny to the Democrats’ House campaign organization and her colleagues in the House are starting to get angry.
As Fox News reports, “Ocasio-Cortez is building her own fundraising operation for fellow progressive candidates to bypass the official Democratic Party infrastructure. Already, she’s actively funding primary challengers to oust certain Democratic colleagues.”
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“Sometimes the question comes: ‘Do you want to be in a majority or do you want to be in the minority?’” Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks said to Fox News while shredding Ocasio-Cortez. “And do you want to be part of a team?”
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Cheri Bustos had a different approach and decided to deflect.
“That’s always up to individual members so I guess I don’t think about it one way or another,” she said about Ocasio-Cortez. “We’re raising record amounts of money from our members.”
One Democratic source was much more aggressive: “Deadbeat Cortez should pay her bills,” they said. “She’s always whining about people paying their fair share and here she is leaving her friends with the bill.”
Check out what Fox News reported:
Their gripe is that Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t given any money to the DCCC, the party arm with the sole job of electing Democrats to the House. Records obtained by Fox News show the New York Democrat has failed to pay any of her $250,000 in “dues” to the DCCC.
Her goose egg of a contribution is no accident. Ocasio-Cortez says she has beef with the DCCC and she’ll withhold her money in protest of how the Democratic Party won’t back insurgent progressive primary candidates, like herself, in the name of protecting incumbents.
“For me personally, I’m not paying D-trip dues,” Ocasio-Cortez said while referring to the DCCC for a “myriad of reasons.”
“One, I don’t agree with the policy around blacklisting groups that help progressive candidates,” she continued. “I think we need to evolve as a party and make room for that.”
Fox News continues:
Instead, Ocasio-Cortez is ramping up her donor base with the help of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., whom she endorsed for president in October, to funnel money directly to progressive candidates.
Through social media posts and email solicitations, she’s activated her donor network to support her hand-picked candidates. In 2019 alone, she funneled more than $300,000 to candidates she’s endorsed by hosting online fundraising campaigns for them, according to records obtained by Fox News.
“I want to help frontline members by putting that money straight into their pocket,” Ocasio-Cortez said.