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It’s no myth that members of Congress spend a great deal of their time raising campaign funds.
Often, they are meeting with big donors and lobbyists as well as taking time out, as well, to dial for dollars.
So that makes the news from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the congresswoman Republicans love to hate, all the more extraordinary.
Without dialing for dollars or lobbyist meetings, she raised more money than any other House Democrat in the third quarter, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is known for her fundraising prowess.
While many try to belittle a progressive agenda that centers working people & the public good, in truth it’s more powerful than ever.
I haven’t picked up a phone once this year to dial for dollars, & I don’t meet w/ corp lobbyists.
That is the power of your grassroots support. https://t.co/BDxvMETBnS
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 27, 2019
In all, the media reported that Ocasio-Cortez raised $1.42 million between July 1 through September 30 for her 2020 reelection campaign.
Not only does this sum send a powerful signal that lawmakers can do their jobs uninterrupted by the pestilence of fundraising, but it also indicates quite clearly that, despite the protestations by Republicans, Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive agenda including her Green New Deal holds great grassroots support.
Rather than continue to be a target of scorn, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is proving to be a role model for colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
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