New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is becoming the head of the Democrat Party is both voice and now in cash.
The 29-year-old representative has been a firecracker and a major driver of Democrat issues on Twitter and on the news.
And now she has crushed them in terms of fundraising as near $1.5 million has come to her campaign, The Daily Caller reported.
Ocasio-Cortez raised $1.42 million this past quarter, according to a report Tuesday from The New York Post. The congresswoman was followed in fundraising numbers by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who raised $1.26 million and $1.145 million respectively for their campaigns, according to the Post.
While no House Democrats out-raised Ocasio-Cortez, several House Republicans did. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise raised $3.45 million, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes raised $2.6 million and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised $1.6 million, according to the Post.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to the thousands of people who participated in the People Climate March on October 11, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Ole Jensen/Getty Images)
The report states that the vast majority of Ocasio-Cortez’s donations were under $200, indicating strong grassroots support. The 30-year-old firebrand is facing a primary challenge from New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera, who announced his congressional campaign last month. Cabrera referred to himself as a “moderate Democrat” who believes Ocasio-Cortez has neglected the needs of her district during her ascent on the national stage.
“This is very rare, unique — I can’t recall anyone raising this much money during the first year in office,” George Arzt, a political consultant, said in an interview with The New York Post.
“AOC is a celebrity who gained attention from people across the country, and many on the left support her,” he said.
She defeated every other Democrat in the House, including the biggest names in her Party.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan-Brooklyn), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, raised $192,284 for the quarter and $860,037 since January.
Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel, who is facing a primary, raised $317,530 for the third quarter.
Her rookie sidekick, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, raised $722,212.
“Public education, libraries, & infrastructure policies (which we‘ve had before in America and elsewhere in the world!) are not ‘free stuff.’ They are PUBLIC GOODS. And they are worth investing in, protecting, & advancing for all society and future generations. Sincerely, NY-14,” she said.
“Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP. I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it. Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students. Yet we were called radical for opposing it.
“This is honestly one of the big reasons why the argument about “pay-fors” in healthcare, housing, etc so often are made in bad faith. I see decisions made every day that cost the American public billions of dollars a year for bogus reasons and nobody asks how we pay for it.
“None of the politicians who brand themselves “fiscally responsible” ever raise concern about rushing to shower ICE & CBP w/ $billions with 0 guardrails or oversight. None of them ask about how we pay for corrupt contracts or mass incarceration. Ask yourself why that is.
“Look out for those in politics who like to label themselves “fiscally responsible,” yet only seem to care about the price of justice – not the cost of oppression. Everything has a price. And an unjust society is far costlier than one that invests in & values all people,” she said.