I try not to fall for the trap of commenting on every jaw-dropping statement by “Democratic” socialist media darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because there are other stories to cover and, frankly, I’d just be doing that all day. But there are two AOC-related stories today that cry out for public exposure. One is funny but revealing. The other, potentially monumental.
Funny one first: Everything AOC knows about economics she must’ve learned from Boston University professors, because her mom obviously knows a lot more about the real world than she does. In an interview with the Daily Mail, her mother, who likes to be known as “BOC” (for Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, not Blue Oyster Cult) freely admitted that she fled New York for Florida to escape the high taxes in the deep blue state.
While her daughter thinks taxes should be even higher, her mom said, “I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north. I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here.”
Notice how she not only fled New York like many others to escape high taxes, but she associates those taxes with “stress” – stress put on her by liberal policies, even though she’s hardly a “billionaire.”
Before AOC starts saying, “Moooom! You’re embarrassing me!” it should be noted that BOC also defended her daughter by saying, “She wasn’t raised to be a socialist. That’s not how Puerto Ricans are. She’s a Democratic socialist, and it’s very different.” Congratulations to AOC for managing to pull the wool over her mom’s eyes about “Democratic” socialism, the same way some daughters convince their moms that their boyfriend isn’t a “hood,” he’s a good Christian boy who just happens to like leather and motorcycles.
But now, we turn to the potentially major serious news. I halfway defended AOC recently when she came under fire for possible campaign finance violations, because I had a futile hope that maybe it would make her see how easy it is to weaponize confusing federal laws and regulations. We say we want people who are political outsiders to go to Washington, but when one actually breaks through like Trump, his opponents immediately start combing through everything he ever did, trying to find some obscure federal rule he broke when he never even imagined he’d ever enter politics. I’d hoped that getting that kind of scrutiny might make AOC more sympathetic to the argument that we have too many regulations. Apparently, it hasn’t.
But now, it seems as if the complaints of campaign finance irregularities against her might be far more serious than they first appeared. She might have been able to deflect the questions about her staff salaries, her living arrangements and her boyfriend’s paycheck by claiming she was being unfairly harassed. But this story about her top aide allegedly funneling over $1 million in donations to his private company is the kind of thing that makes the feds really take notice.
Still, that was just about her staffer. This latest investigation by the Daily Caller reports that AOC herself and that same staffer controlled a PAC that raised $1.8 million to fund leftist candidates in 2018 and was the driving force behind her primary victory, and their control of it was never disclosed to the FEC. Having a campaign and a PAC under common control with the PAC funding the campaign, while also accepting donations in excess of what’s allowed to candidates, could potentially mean multiple violations of federal campaign finance law punishable by stiff fines and up to five years in prison.
There are more details at this link:
It’s also going to be hard to dispute, when the DC has a screen grab of the PAC’s website listing AOC and her aide as being the two board members with legal control of the entity, which is surely the dumbest move since Jussie Smollett allegedly paid for a fake hate crime with a personal check.
AOC had best hope that her leftist media adulation is at least as great as Hillary Clinton’s because that’s apparently what it takes to flout federal law that badly and walk away scot-free.