Even though she hasn’t yet made it all the way through her first year in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just gave her own party a slap in the face. She’s refusing to fork over her “dues” to the House Democratic campaign fund.
Though listed on the books as a Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez is an outspoken critic of the party and identifies as a progressive socialist. That’s why she’s endorsing Bernie Sanders. On Friday, she put her disloyalty on full display.
I give quite a bit to fellow Dems – we’ve fundraised over $300,000 for others (more than my “dues”), w/ over 50% going to swing seats.
DCCC made clear that they will blacklist any org that helps progressive candidates like me. I can choose not to fund that kind of exclusion. https://t.co/qqwdwPAqek
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2020
AOC doesn’t have any problem separating other folks from their money to hand to the DNC, she just doesn’t like how they spend it. “I give quite a bit to fellow Dems – we’ve fundraised over $300,000 for others (more than my ‘dues’), w/ over 50% going to swing seats.”
She’s afraid she won’t get her fair share. “DCCC made clear that they will blacklist any org that helps progressive candidates like me. I can choose not to fund that kind of exclusion.”
AOC went on the offensive after Fox News reported she was one of 97 Democrats who haven’t come up with the required $250,000 contribution. She decided to make it into a big political issue.
Last year, the DCCC campaign arm of the House Democrats officially declared they wouldn’t “do business with vendors that work with Democratic caucus members’ opponents.”
According to their website, they “support Democratic House candidates every step of the way to fortify and expand our new Democratic Majority.” When passing the money around, they dish it out “to congress members based on their levels of leadership and committee assignments.” They also use the money “to boost Democratic members in contested races.”
The donation isn’t mandatory but as Democrat Rep. Gregory Meeks explains, “Sometimes the question becomes: ‘Do you want to be in a majority or do you want to be in the minority?'” More importantly, he insists, “do you want to be part of a team?”
Ocasio-Cortez says that’s not the team she wants to play on. She wants to raise cash, but for “progressive” candidates only, “putting it straight into their pocket.” Fox News says that in the last quarter of 2019 she was the top fundraising Democrat in the House. “I’m happy to support some incumbents, but it’s not just a blanket rule.”
AOC wants to have her cake and eat it too. “Expanding a House majority is critical, which is why I regularly (and happily) fundraise sizeable amounts for fellow members. I also believe that a Dem majority should be transformative, which is why I give strategically.”
She started making trouble for the party last year when they announced the change. Then, she spread her cancerous ideas to the other far-left factions with a call to “pause” their yearly donations to the DCCC.
Back in March, She tweeted, “the @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party. My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead.”
Fellow “squad” member Ayanna Pressley jumped right up on the bandwagon. “The fact that I challenged an incumbent meant a lot of folks were told not to come anywhere near my campaign.”
That policy, she wrote, risked “undermining an entire universe of potential candidates and vendors – especially women and people of color – whose ideas, energy, and innovation need a place in our party.” God forbid it should go to a candidate like Joe Biden, for instance.
AOC even went as far as saying “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party.” The newcomer is quick to criticize the establishment as “too big a tent” for the progressive clown show. She’s ready to split off to the left.
Even though rebels like Ocasio-Cortez have been undermining their efforts, the DCCC raked in a record breaking $125 million last year. “We’re raising record amounts of money from our members,” chairwoman Cheri Bustos brags.