Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-D) is refusing to pay $250,000 fundraising money she owes to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee because she says the Democrats haven’t made her feel “welcome” and she still has personal loan debts to pay off.
The fundraising money, which is paid by all Democrat members of Congress, is put toward the effort to keep the party’s majority in the House.
But the 30-year-old millennial socialist, who is the youngest person ever elected to Congress, is refusing to contribute her agreed share of fundraising to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
DailyMail reports: At issue for AOC, as she is referred to, is a policy that she says ‘blacklists’ vendors working with insurgent primary challengers like herself.
‘I don’t think my fundraising should go to preventing more people like me from being here in congress,’ she said in an interview with Fox News.
The news outlet reported on Friday that AOC drew fire for not failing to pay the committee.
She insisted: ‘I’m a Democrat, I’m proud to be on this team. I’m proud to be part of the Democratic majority,’ she told Fox News, amid criticism she should quit the party and become an independent if she won’t be a ‘team player.’
In her defense, AOC said she’s raised more than $300,000 directly for progressive Democrats, including incumbents in swing districts, and that the effort she made was for ‘preserving and expanding the Democratic majority’.
All Democrats in the House are required to pay dues to the campaign committee. A range is set from as low as $150,000 for newer members to $1 million paid by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The GOP has a similar system.
Being asked to pay 250,000, AOC says, ‘pretty nuts’, given she’s a freshman member.
‘Can you imagine being 30 years old and getting a bill for $250,000? I still have $20,000 in student loan debt.’