In a massive snub to the vast majority of the Democrat Party, newbie Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is refusing to pay the DCCC dues, skipping out on a $250,000 bill even though she has raised more than $3.3 million last year alone.
The dues are meant to support other Democrat members of the House of Representatives as they struggle to retain their seats in this year’s congressional election. The freshman lawmaker apparently considers many of her fellow Democrat representatives to be overly conservative.
Instead of being a team player, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is using her money to fund far-left insurgents who are challenging sitting Democrats in a number of districts. In fact, she recently started her own PAC, Courage for Change, even though she has decried the use of these organizations in the past.
Financial records show that AOC has raised about $300,000 for progressive candidates, with about $35,000 of this money going to Jessica Cisneros, a progressive candidate fighting to oust fellow Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar — who is often criticized by the progressive wing of the party for being too conservative.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has also given Marie Newman $22,000 to use in her fight to defeat Democrat Rep. Dan Lipinski, an Illinois Congressman who doesn’t always adhere to far-left dogma.
Progressive incumbents have also benefitted from Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign funding. The payouts for the rest of “The Squad” have been very generous. Rep. Ilhan Omar got nearly $30,000, while Rep. Rashida Tlaib got $10,000 and Rep. Ayanna Pressley got nearly $4,000.
Not all the money raised goes towards progressive ideals or candidates. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s PAC is set up in such a way that 50% of all funds raised go directly to the newbie congresswoman’s upcoming re-election campaign. She’ll most likely need it, given the fact that most of her constituents don’t like her very much.
Naturally, senior Democrat politicians are furious that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is literally ripping the party in two by refusing to support its existing structure. Rep. Cuellar recently told Fox News that he certainly doesn’t agree with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s actions. Rep. Nita Lowey openly worries that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s actions may set a precedent that would encourage future candidates to break ranks in the same way.
An anonymous party member was far more blunt, calling Rep. Ocasio-Cortez a “deadbeat” complaining that everyone should pay their fair share while she is refusing to do just that.
AOC, typically presented as a hero to the far-left, is clearly not interested in helping her own peers succeed. What does that say about the rest of America — you know, the bulk of the country that doesn’t believe in her agenda at all?