AOC finally responds to ‘suspicious payments’ report, uses ‘interesting defense’ … not everyone’s buying

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It took her a while, but Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez finally fired back at the “conspiracy machine” that she claims is perpetuating the “rumor mill” stories about her.

The self-proclaimed democratic socialist shot back at reports from writer Luke Thompson that her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, was given an official House email address and that a liberal Super PAC paid him $6,000 during her congressional campaign.

Thompson slammed Roberts having access to the House email system – which Ocasio-Cortez claimed was just so he could see her calendar – saying the New York lawmaker’s boyfriend was “drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime.” He followed up by digging into Federal Election Commission filings to trace the funds allegedly paid to Roberts, laying out his findings which were largely ignored or panned by the left.

But the freshman lawmaker’s rebuttal was soon torched by Thompson on Wednesday.

Thompson continued to shed light on the information he had found and, again, addressed Ocasio-Cortez who tweeted about journalists “amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories.”

The Washington Examiner sunk its teeth into the controversial findings in an opinion piece by Becket Adams published on Wednesday.

“I’d be curious to see if the congresswoman has a version of events contradicting the story the numbers tell. Her office did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment,” Adams wrote, citing Thompson’s gathered FEC filings which showed that “during the 2018 election, her campaign made several payments to Brand New Congress LLC for ‘strategic consulting,’ and then Brand New Congress PAC made payouts to her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who is billed as a ‘marketing consultant.'”

Adams slammed the “chronically incurious news media” which took Ocasio-Cortez “at her word.”

Adams wrote:

No, really, the Washington Post actually published a “conservatives pounce” piece in response to Thompson’s original tweet. If you can believe it, the Post’s “proof” that there was no there there is a single comment from Ocasio-Cortez’s office. Democracy dies in dimness.

Considering Ocasio-Cortez has been in office for only 48 days, this is all rather impressive, these details about how money traded hands between the Brand New Congress PAC and LLC and the fact that her boyfriend received a couple of campaign payouts.


The New York congresswoman’s tweet and Thompson’s clap back sparked swift reaction on Twitter.

Frieda Powers


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