Vulnerable Dems nervous AOC’s campaign cash could lead to questionable optics

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Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has once again become a potential liability to the Democrat Party, this time by reportedly sidestepping the official body responsible for accepting Democrat Party donations.

As the deadline for the Democrat Party’s first 2022 fundraising deadline “approached this week,” Ocasio-Cortez sent $5,000 contributions directly to the campaigns of several of her colleagues, according to Politico.

While not illegal, these now-codified donations are a problem because of optics.

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,” one unnamed Democrat consultant said to Politico.

Had the congresswoman instead donated to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is the norm, her name would not be linked to these vulnerable Democrats.

But because the money has already been sent, the link is now established — and there appears to be nothing that can be done to erase the trail.

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,” according to Politico.

This in turn creates “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.”

Note that the letter portion of the Politico quote above was not factual. It was an opinion. Ocasio-Cortez’s “political brand is poisoned” likely because of her own behavior, not because of any Republican bogeymen.

Her behavior includes, among other actions, proclaiming to be a socialist while selling exorbitantly priced clothes, costing New York City a job-creating deal with Amazon, forever calling for more taxes on struggling Americans and saying stupid things:

The congresswoman’s latest stunt comes only months after the Democrat-led House suffered devastating losses in the 2020 elections.

During a private House Democratic Caucus meeting shortly after November’s election, several “moderate” and “centrist” Democrats blamed their more extreme peers for their embrace of radical ideas leading up to the 2020 race.

Leading the charge was freshman Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who went in especially hard on those Democrats who’d vowed to “defund the police.”

“This is about me recognizing that we lost members who we shouldn’t have lost. I would request that at some point in the future, we spend time watching the attack ads … that we look at the things that they say about us, that they say about the Democrats, that they say about the way we talk to people and the way we talk about things,” she said at the time.

“The number one concern that people brought to me was defunding the police, and I’ve heard from colleagues that it’s the language of the streets and we should respect that. We’re in Congress, and we’re professionals. We are supposed to talk about things in a way where we mean what we’re talking about. If we don’t mean we’re defunding the police, we shouldn’t say that. So when … people in our communities are concerned, we need to recognize that is on us,” she said.

She added that “no one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again” and “nobody should be talking about socialism.” Spanberger concluded her remarks by warning that if Democrats don’t wake up, they’ll “get f–king torn apart” in 2022.

All of the rhetoric pinpointed by Spanberger was rhetoric that emanated from the “Squad,” a group of radical House Democrats whose defacto leader has always been none other than Ocasio-Cortez.

Because of the congresswoman’s established radicalism, her donations are an especially big problem for Democrats running in “more moderate turf.”

“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,” according to Politico.

“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.”

One question remains, though: How did Ocasio-Cortez learn of these Democrats’ wire transfer information?

According to Politico, she received the information from the DCCC, raising questions over why the organization would allow it.

“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,” Politico reported.

Maloney is himself fairly far-left, to the point that earlier this year he recruited a former gang banger and convicted triggerman to serve as the DCCC’s senior strategic outreach adviser.

Given all the radical leftism already at the forefront of the Democrat Party, some might argue that the Democrats who received donations directly from Ocasio-Cortez ought to just embrace it instead of pretending to be “moderate,” which, for all intents and purposes, is something the party is not anymore.

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Vivek Saxena

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