Vulnerable Dems fret after getting a shock: AOC's campaign cash

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  2 weeks ago  •  39 comments

By:   Sarah Ferris, Ally Mutnick and Olivia Beavers (MSN)

Vulnerable Dems fret after getting a shock: AOC's campaign cash
Ocasio-Cortez's largesse — and an oversight at the campaign headquarters — has raised awkward questions among her colleagues.

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As the midterm campaign's first fundraising deadline approached this week, several vulnerable House Democrats got an unwelcome surprise in their accounts: $5,000 from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

© Seth Wenig/AP Photo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's donation, according to some Democrats, was unsolicited and came without warning.

The New York Democrat sent the contributions to her colleagues to help keep the House majority ahead of a tough cycle without directly contributing to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with which she's publicly clashed. But Ocasio-Cortez's largesse — and an oversight at the campaign headquarters — has instead raised awkward questions among her colleagues as some swing-district Democrats fret over whether to return her money before the GOP can turn it into an attack ad.

Some members whose campaigns got unexpected Ocasio-Cortez cash are seeking answers directly from DCCC Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and his top staffers. DCCC aides gave lawmakers' wire transfer information to Ocasio-Cortez's aides without the approval of more senior officials, according to multiple people familiar with the contributions.

Even if imperiled House Democrats refund her contribution now, Ocasio-Cortez's name is almost certain to show up on their Federal Election Commission reports when they're due this month — creating a liability for members of her party who have to win reelection in districts where her political brand is poisoned thanks to years of unrelenting Republican attacks.

According to multiple sources, at least three Democrats have so far either declined the initial transfer or said they would return the money: Reps. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan.

Several people involved with the episode described it as an unforced error by the DCCC, with the staff of its campaign arm failing to anticipate the political ramifications of putting their party's most polarizing figure on their donor rolls of vulnerable members known as frontliners.

Chris Hayden, a spokesman for DCCC declined to comment on the details but said: "We appreciate Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's ongoing commitment to a Democratic majority. Due to a miscommunication, some transfers were made in error, but that has been addressed."

Normally, swing-district Democrats are scrounging for every last dollar to help them secure their reelections, particularly in a first quarter that has been tougher than usual for candidates across the board. But the Ocasio-Cortez donation, these Democrats said, was unsolicited and came without warning. Many of their campaigns did not receive a heads-up from the DCCC about the donation until after it hit members' accounts — a move that surprised senior aides and campaign consultants.

"The GOP has spent four years saying the frontliners are all socialists. Now they've got the receipts to prove it. Anyone telling themselves this won't be in campaign ads is in denial," said one Democratic consultant who works for swing-seat members.

In the political donation world, wire transfers are commonly used to quickly move large sums of money from one account to another, particularly in the final stretch of a fundraising quarter and during a pandemic. The Ocasio-Cortez transfers carried clear political risk for some members, however, and some sources pointed out that she could have alleviated the current anxiety by giving to the DCCC directly.

Still, other Democrats said they saw Ocasio-Cortez's interest in helping endangered incumbents as a positive sign for party unity, even if they were stunned by the method. And privately, the liberal star already is personally close with some of the frontliners, many of whom were elected in the same blue wave that helped Democrats recapture the House in 2018.

She offered to make similar donations to frontline Democrats during the 2020 election cycle but only contributed to those who took her up on the offer, according to two sources familiar with her political operation.

The sophomore New York Democrat spent years at loggerheads with the campaign arm and is among several progressives who have refused to pay member dues to DCCC, in part because of its treatment of liberal primary challengers.

Her current round of donations alone — an intended total of $160,000 — amount to more than half of Ocasio-Cortez's entire dues goal for the 2020 cycle, according to a dues report obtained by POLITICO.

Ocasio-Cortez is a prolific fundraiser with a campaign machine of her own that could be a major asset to Democrats as they attempt to hold onto their majority next fall. While she has given to some individual frontline Democrats in the past, such as Reps. Mike Levin and Katie Porter of California as well as Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, her past giving has been more selective.

This year's crop of DCCC frontliners include 32 hand-picked Democrats who face some of the toughest elections in the country next November. The majority of them flipped GOP seats in 2018. Some, like Levin and Porter of California, proudly identify with the left wing of the party, and would face minimal political risk from an affiliation from the progressive icon.

But Ocasio-Cortez's money poses a problem for Democrats such as Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Slotkin, who represent more moderate turf and have sought to distance themselves from the left wing of the caucus. Many of the Democratic frontliners are particularly anxious this cycle after their party's down-ballot disaster last November, which wiped out 13 incumbents. Even Democrats who clung onto their seats saw victory margins much closer than expected and remain shocked by inaccurate polling.

Now Republican campaigns have obvious fodder for attacks on many of those Democrats as "funded by" or "taking money from" Ocasio-Cortez. Past GOP attempts to elevate Ocasio-Cortez and other younger Democrats of color into bogeywomen haven't paid huge dividends with independent voters, but their effectiveness in motivating the Republican base means they're likely to continue — particularly as President Joe Biden looks to incorporate some of her priorities into his agenda.

Still, several Democratic operatives said they are expecting GOP candidates to run attacks yoking their members to Ocasio-Cortez and democratic socialist policies whether or not her contributions get returned.

"If the Republicans are going to hit us on AOC, they're going to do it anyways," said one Democratic source close to the process. "They don't care about the truth."


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Texan1211
PhD Principal
1  seeder  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

I can easily envision that AOC will be a gift to Republicans for years to come.

Alright!

 
 
 
JBB
PhD Principal
1.1  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 weeks ago

Only in the most bassackwards minds of the gop is AOC's ability to raise lots of money for Dems a prob.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @1.1    2 weeks ago
Only in the most bassackwards minds of the gop is AOC's ability to raise lots of money for Dems a prob.

So now you claim that the members of the Democratic Party unhappy with these donations are secret Republicans.

That must make loads of sense somewhere.

 
 
 
MAGA
Senior Guide
1.1.2  MAGA  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

The question is where is that somewhere?  

 
 
 
Ronin2
Senior Quiet
1.1.3  Ronin2  replied to  JBB @1.1    2 weeks ago

Only in the moronic far left's mind does anyone think AOC is mainstream. She has the support of her left wing radicals, and nothing else. Any Democrats that get associated with her that are from conservative or moderate areas are done for.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Participates
1.1.4  Greg Jones  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1.3    2 weeks ago

Childish seeker of attention..

 
 
 
devangelical
PhD Principal
1.2  devangelical  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 weeks ago
has instead raised awkward questions among her colleagues

yeah, be sure and let us know when she starts fucking underage males for cash...

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
1.2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 weeks ago

Oh, you anticipate that news to come out soon?

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
1.2.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  devangelical @1.2    2 weeks ago

BTFW, do you know what the topic is?

If so, why are you deflecting?

If you don't, the topic is AOC and how some Democrats are not too happy with her donations.

Now that you know, stay on topic, thanks.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
Junior Silent
1.3  SteevieGee  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 weeks ago

I would think that's a good thing.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
1.3.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  SteevieGee @1.3    2 weeks ago

It IS, and I am very happy about it!

 
 
 
JBB
PhD Principal
2  JBB    2 weeks ago

AOC is beloved in her district that her reelection is a forgone conclusion but she is a fundraising super star. So, she is sharing the wealth with progressives who are joining with her to the move in the direction of a more just more equal less oppressive society!

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
2.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

I think most are well aware that a glass of water with a "D" behind it could win her district.

It does appear not all Democrats are so enamored with AOC as you seem to be.

 
 
 
JBB
PhD Principal
2.1.1  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1    2 weeks ago

Who is obsessed with AOC as you seem to be?

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
2.1.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

Why, you, of course, You sing her praises all the time her name is mentioned.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Masters Quiet
2.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

Is she sharing wealth or just trying to bribe fellow Democrats for their support?

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3  Hallux    2 weeks ago

Gee, a donation from AOC or pics one standing next to Gaetz with a silly big complicit grin ... Dems have nothing to worry about.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.1  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3    2 weeks ago

Since it is obvious the topic here is simply too hard for a few fine folks to grasp, I will spell it out for you.

The topic is AOC And how some Democrats aren't too happy with her donations.

Now that you know, please stay on topic, thanks.

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3.1.1  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1    2 weeks ago

I was confused by the squirrel quality of the article. It's Spring and those fuckers are all over the place trying to divert attention from truly serious matters.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.2  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
I was confused

I  see.

Now, do you have any comment on the actual article?

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3.1.3  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.2    2 weeks ago

I do indeed, it's a dumb article trying to divert attention, and it's the only reason you posted it.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.4  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3.1.3    2 weeks ago
I do indeed, it's a dumb article trying to divert attention.

"Divert attention".

Divert from WHAT?

Biden's disastrous border policies?

Biden's massive tax increases?

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3.1.5  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.4    2 weeks ago

How about:

'Welcome to Fort Pelosi': GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert demands House Speaker 'tear down this wall'

Loved the gunshot ending!

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.6  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3.1.5    2 weeks ago

Oh, so you pick some random news tidbit and then claim THIS article is deflecting from that.

LMMFAO!

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.7  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3.1.5    2 weeks ago
How about:

'Welcome To Fort Pelosi': GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert Demands House Speaker 'Tear Down This Wall'

Pro tip:

If you want to talk about that topic, why not open your own article on it instead of trolling this one?

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3.1.8  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.6    2 weeks ago

Give us all a break Tex, the article you posted was a "random news tidbit."

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.9  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3.1.8    2 weeks ago

"Trolling, trolling, trolling, gots to keep them doggies trolling!"

 
 
 
JBB
PhD Principal
3.1.10  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.9    2 weeks ago

If I were you I would not go there, considering! 

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.11  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @3.1.10    2 weeks ago

But you simply are not me.

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Expert
3.1.12  Hallux  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.9    2 weeks ago

So ... post a complaint in the drop box.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.13  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  Hallux @3.1.12    2 weeks ago
So ... post a complaint in the drop box.

Not a chance!

I enjoy leaving your post there for the world to see.

 
 
 
JBB
PhD Principal
3.1.14  JBB  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.11    2 weeks ago

I have never received so rich a compliment...

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
3.1.15  seeder  Texan1211  replied to  JBB @3.1.14    2 weeks ago

Inanity.

 
 
 
MAGA
Senior Guide
3.1.16  MAGA  replied to  Texan1211 @3.1.15    2 weeks ago

The secular progressive way!  The effort to deflect attention away from moderate democrats uncomfortable with AOC’s extremism know no bounds.  

 
 
 
Thrawn 31
Masters Guide
4  Thrawn 31    2 weeks ago

Meh, this isn’t going to be a thing  anyone really knows or cares about right now, and especially not in a year and a half. So whatever. Unless she broke the law... meh.

 
 
 
Texan1211
PhD Principal
5  seeder  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

Here's what's funny:

AOC 'one of the least effective members of Congress,' study says (msn.com)

AOC sure has some folks fooled!

 
 
 
Gulliver-Swift
Freshman Silent
6  Gulliver-Swift    2 weeks ago

She should have asked before donating.

AOC is am enormously talented politician but there are times when her youth an inexperience are liabilities.

But on balance, her talent far outweighs her inexperience.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Masters Participates
6.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Gulliver-Swift @6    2 weeks ago

Not really..

 
 
 
Gulliver-Swift
Freshman Silent
6.1.1  Gulliver-Swift  replied to  Greg Jones @6.1    one week ago

Yes, really.

Also, she's smoking hot.

 
 
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