Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign finance records and website contradict claims that merchandise proceeds go to charity

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) claimed this week that proceeds from the sale of her campaign products go to charity groups, a claim that appears to contradict information on her official website.

The conflicting claims come after Ocasio-Cortez, in a November 2 Twitter post, took aim at billionaire businessman Elon Musk’s new plan to charge Twitter users a monthly fee for their accounts. be checked.

Musk announced the plan earlier this week after initially pitching the idea of ​​charging subscribers $20 per month to maintain a verified account.

“Lmao at a billionaire’s seriously trying to sell people the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually an $8/month subscription plan,” the New York lawmaker said. wrote on Twitter, referring to the new plan.

Musk initially replied to the post stating that Ocasio-Cortez’s comments were “appreciated” before asking her to “pay $8.”

In a later PublishMusk then shared a screenshot of a “Periwinkle Supporter Crew Sweatshirt” from the Legislator’s campaign merchandise store, costing around $58, alongside a thinking face emoji.

Ocasio-Cortez hit back by indicating that she is “proud of it and always will be”.

“My workers are unionized, earn a decent wage, have comprehensive health care and are not subjected to racist treatment in the workplace,” the lawmaker wrote, adding that all items listed in her merchandise store of campaign are made in the USA.

She added that “all proceeds go to community organization like our homework help program which provides tutoring to children who need academic support since COVID.”

(L) U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) speaks on the stock trading ban for members of Congress during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 7, 2022. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images) (R) SpaceX Tesla owner and CEO Elon Musk grimaces after arriving on the red carpet for the Axel Springer Prize in Berlin, December 1, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Website, allegations of inconsistent financial data

However, Ocasio-Cortez’s official online store specifically states that “purchases are campaign contributions.” Data on campaign finance since July also does not mention donations to charities.

The Epoch Times has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign office for comment.

Musk and Ocasio-Cortez have clashed in the past. Last May, the Tesla CEO told the Democratic lawmaker to “stop hitting on me” after she took aim at what she called a “billionaire with an ego problem.”

“Tired of having to collectively dwell on the explosion of hate crimes happening BC [sic] a billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communications platform and fakes it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him out to dinner and made him feel special,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter at the time.

In response, billionaire Musk wrote, “Stop flirting with me, I’m really shy”, next to a smiley.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at the Biden administration for not including undocumented immigrants in his mass pardon for the misdemeanor offense of simple possession of marijuana, which he announced in early October.

Speaking on an episode of “Pod Save America” ​​that aired Oct. 25, the lawmaker explained how Democrats haven’t done enough to win over Latino voters.

“And even recently with President [Joe] Biden’s marijuana executive order, I very much applaud that he went there, but he exempted people who were convicted if they were convicted while undocumented,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Katabella Roberts

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Katabella Roberts is a news writer for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on U.S., global, and business news.

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