Republicans Push for AOC Donation Return

( – “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been a thorn in the side of Democrats since she first entered public service as a US Representative two years ago. She managed to upset things before she arrived in Washington DC by defeating 10-term incumbent and Democratic Caucus head Joe Crowley during the 2018 primaries. His unexpected defeat by a relatively unknown activist and waitress was considered by many to be the biggest upset victory of the 2018 midterm election cycle.

Unsurprisingly, Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) has one of the lowest effectiveness ratings of anyone currently serving in Congress. She hasn’t introduced a single bill since assuming office.

She’s recently found herself at the center of controversy for what many call an effort to buy support from fellow Democrats.

AOC Caught Putting Goodies in the Cookie Jar?

Apparently, AOC has been donating cash to fellow Democrats. On April 20, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) listed 26 democrats on its new website who have received cash from AOC. It’s called “Socialist Give Back,” the site reminds visitors of AOC’s aim to “defund the police, implement government-run healthcare, and open [the nation’s] borders.”

NRCC spokesperson Michael McAdams told Fox News that any Democrat refusing to return AOC’s donation “is complicit in her socialist agenda.”

Sneaky, Sneaky

AOC bypassed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and made the donations directly to fellow Democrats. Fox News reported that DCCC staff members gave AOC’s aides wire transfer information for other House Democrats without getting the approval of senior party officials.

So far, at least four Democrats not named by the Socialist Give Back site have returned AOC’s money. Fox News reported that Federal Election Commission records show a fifth House member also returned her donation.

Republicans hope to regain control of the House after the 2022 midterm elections. Antics like this could give them ammunition to use against any House Democrats not returning AOC’s money.

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