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Dark Money Group Linked To Ocasio-Cortez To Spend $500,000 Attacking Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg

MoneyA dark money group with ties to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced Tuesday it will spend over $500,000 on digital ads attacking former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Ocasio-Cortez has in the past called dark money the “enemy to democracy,” saying groups that use it do so to “manipulate electorates” and silence grassroots candidates.

The group, Organize for Justice, is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, meaning it can raise unlimited sums of money without having to disclose the identity of its donors to the public. Organize for Justice calls itself the “sister organization” of Justice Democrats, a PAC whose board Ocasio-Cortez served on throughout most of her pivotal 2018 primary campaign.

“Dark money is used to manipulate electorates. It is the enemy to democracy. Period. When politicians and corporations weaved their dark web of campaign finance, they created a ticking time bomb for foreign adversaries. To make our democracy safer, we need to get big money OUT.” https://t.co/OYX62jboZH

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 17, 2018

Organize for Justice plans on spending $500,000 on Facebook ads promoting news articles that highlight Biden and Buttigieg’s lack of progressive bonafides, according to HuffPost.

The dark money group has already spent about $20,000 on about 40 Facebook ads, all of which were run on a month-old page called “Watercooler Politics,” Quartz reported. The ads targeted voters in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

“We need leaders who can connect with diverse communities and work for ordinary people, not big donors, to take on the big challenges we’re facing,” states one of the Organize for Justice ads linking to an article titled, “Why 2020 Won’t Be Won By Centrists.”

Organize for Justice spokesman Waleed Shahid did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation when asked if the group planned on releasing the identity the contributors funding its digital ad blitz.

Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately return a request for comment.

Ocasio-Cortez and her then-campaign chair Saikat Chakrabarti served on the three-member board of Justice Democrats PAC while it simultaneously supported her primary campaign in 2018.

But Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the Federal Election Commission that she controlled the political action committee during her campaign.

Multiple former FEC commissioners previously told the DCNF that Ocasio-Cortez’s unreported affiliation with Justice Democrats during her 2018 primary campaign could land her in legal trouble.

The Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a conservative watchdog group, filed an FEC complaint against Ocasio-Cortez in April 2019 over her unreported affiliation with Justice Democrats. A total of three FEC complaints were filed against Ocasio-Cortez over her relationship with Justice Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez acknowledged in August that she was “in conversation” with the FEC over the complaints, saying she was in “total compliance” with the law while dismissing the measures as a “form of legal trolling” from “fringe, Republican groups.”

However, the FEC is currently unable to take any official action to enforce campaign finance laws as it has had only three active commissioners on its six-member board since the end of August 2019.

Reprinted with Permission by Conservative Daily News – by Andrew Kerr

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JohnH
1 year ago

One must remember that AOC was voted in by people & so they must agree with her campaign agenda. As far as Dark Money, now the democrats are beating up opn each other while the world watches

ahem tonto
1 year ago

Socialists and far left Democrats are a special group of individuals. Always factually challanged, hypocritical and bearing an anti-America anti-freedom and personal rights shroud. Anyone interested in helpng America regain the esprit de corps so essential to our future and security; should commit to voting and unseating each and every one of the political class that proffer Socialism and anti-personal freedoms. It is now that the silent majority, real Americans, stand and vote to rid our nation of the plague of Obamaism and Sol Alynskism. Stand and save our great nation from destruction within.

Jimm
1 year ago

“Ocasio-Cortez’s unreported affiliation with Justice Democrats during her 2018 primary campaign could land her in legal trouble” (but won’t because she’s a Democratic Socialist). I would think that, at this time and the state of the Nation, it would be imperative that the FEC be at full strength and highly active.

Mary Offutt
1 year ago

BEING RETIRED AND A SENIOR, I CONSIDER AOC TO BE DANGEROUS TO OUR GREAT DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY. SHE HAS CONSTANT BARRAGES REGARDING CAPITALISM AS SHE COMPLAINS THAT THE INCREASED STOCK MARKET IS ONLY FOR THE VERY RICH. SHE FAILS TO THINK ABOUT SENIORS THAT HAVE INVESTED DURING THEIR LENGTHY CAREERS THAT DEPEND ON THEIR IRA’S TO SUPPLEMENT THEIR MEASLY MONTHLY SOCIAL SECURITY.

WITH ALL HER ATTACKS OF THE WEALTHY, SHE LIVES VERY COMFORTABLY, MAKING A VERY GOOD INCOME, AND WITH HER EXPENSIVE FRENCH BULL! HYPOCRITE!

SHE’S NOT FOR THE PEOPLE BUT FOR MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF TO GET NANCY PELOSI’S JOB!!

Harry Freeman Hagan
1 year ago

So fill the seats on the FEC board. Asap. There will be plenty for them to do in the near future, I’m pretty sure.

VikkiC
1 year ago

Of course, the rules don’t apply to AOC…exactly what is wrong with the Democrat party today. They’re fond of saying “no one is above the law,” unless it’s a Democrat…

Randy Geiger
1 year ago

I can’t believe that people actually voted her into office. Politicians like her give me pause as I think about the writings of the Founding Fathers and their fear of people in power like her and others in the government now. Besides, she knows less about the Constitution, the workings of the government and the history of the United States than my youngest grandchild who is 10. God help us.

James Howard
1 year ago

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Drue
1 year ago

A.O.C. is just the tip of the iceberg. Dark Money is everywhere the DemocRATS reside.

Pete from St Pete
1 year ago

While I wouldn’t vote for Biden or Buttigieg under any circumstance, it is fun to watch OC and her progressive pals tear the Democratic Party apart. It’s called schadenfreude.

Glenn Lego
1 year ago

She can call Dark money an enemy of democracy until she gets her slimy hands on it and then it’s okay.

M.A.Belinson
1 year ago

I would guess it takes a positive vote from the House of Representatives to move any recommendations by the Executive Branch for individuals to be named to the FEC ! Without such cooperation by the House, NOW CONTROLLED BY NANCY PELOSI and her DEMOCRATIC LEFTIST COMRADS, as they are doing all the time thus holding up multiple Executive necessary job appointments. One must not trust Shi-face Adam Schiff, Peabrain Pelosi and her 2 Hand Puppets, Representative Gerald ” the Nebish” Nadler, nor Maxine “16 inch softball mouth” Waters( this lady with the softball in her mouth would still be able to eat a full meal on the opposite side)!! And now that the Democratic farce has moved to the Republican held Senate, ALL EYES and EARS will be lit up by Chuck “the SCHMUCK” SCHUMER and many other controlled Democrat clowns, including Kamela “the Held/Got Woman” Harris . The upcoming Senate ” Court/Jury” proceedings will hopefully be the DOWNFALL of the current Democratic Party as it is constituted. I am an INDEPENDENT and have voted Demo- and Repub- over the many,many years and always vote for the most trustfull individual; after reading any books written by the candidate, or one by someone close. Another comment from the above article to complete this reply; one could infer that Ocasio-Cortez may have much more amazing power in/over the Democratic party than the experts have ever considered! We must hope that sooner, more than later, they will find something to slow O-C down or remove her from Congress.

Hell No
1 year ago
Reply to  M.A.Belinson

Has anyone considered what Pelosi’s end game is? If she’s successful in taking down Trump AND Pence (who she’s also after) guess who steps in to take over the White House? That’s right, Pelosi! Afterwhich bet it’ll be near impossible to get her bony butt out.

leonard tatko
1 year ago

How the H did she get elected??
Pls go back to bartending!!

rvgrandma
1 year ago

We are hearing more and more of how the four ladies of her group are being funded or doing questionable actions – same ones they criticizes others for doing. Have read recently that the group who hacked in Burisma is also associated with a Russian group supporting some of the current democratic presidential candidates. Where is the democrat or even republican outrage over that?

Ed J
1 year ago

Does this really surprise anyone? After all, how does a very young and obviously ignorant bartender (AOC) get elected to Congress? Well, now we have the explanation. Big, dark money is moving the chess pieces around the political chessboard with impunity by manipulating the system and skewing the real intent and best interests of the electorate, to the extreme detriment of our nation.

Just like Obama, a so-called “Community Organizer” (whatever that means), who was propelled from obscurity into the Senate and eventually the Presidency. It surely wasn’t his inherent qualifications that got him there. I have always referred to Obama as “Chairman Obama, our very own Manchurian candidate.”

Today, I consider AOC’s initials to stand for “Always On CrystalMeth.” If anyone else can come up with a better label, post it here?

Gary Pender
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed J

EdJ your right on! This AOC and her followers hate America! Her wanting to end the use of fossil fuels is to destroy our economy! Do think Russia and China will do this? Wake up America, before it’s too late!!!

Barbara P
1 year ago

All of the Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives, Christians, Evangelicals and everyone else need to vote a straight Republican ticket for 2020!! That is the only way we will take back the House, Senate and White House! If we do not do that then our Country is doomed to Socialism/Communism!!!
The democrats are so evil they will do anything underhanded to win!!!! The SQUAD is evil!!!! Pay attention everyone!!!!!
President Trump MUST be re-elected!!!!!
Be vigilant, pay attention!!!!!!!

Ruth P
1 year ago

I think that if you give these liberal democratic candidates enough rope–they will hang themselves!

J. FARLEY
1 year ago
Reply to  Ruth P

I WILL BUY 100 FEET OF ROPE FOR THE CAUSE !!!

LauraC
1 year ago

What!!?!?!??!? The FEC can’t DO anything about the breaking of campaign finance laws because they don’t have enough board members! What a racket! Who’s paying off whom here? Our government campaign finance laws are a travesty as it is and now the people who are supposed to monitor the situation are on permanent vacation!

Patriot Will
1 year ago

AOC is a communist, plain and simple. She makes up her own facts and repeats anti-American propaganda with such ease that it sounds like she is telling the truth. If AOC has her way, free enterprise and American exceptionalism will be dead and gone within a few years!

Chuck
1 year ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

The one we should be concerned about is Michael Bloomberg , he has unlimited funds and he is in the Soros mold of traitors to the constitution.

Patriot Will
1 year ago
Reply to  Chuck

Chuck, you are correct. Sadly, Bloomberg’s confident nature has evolved into a Napoleonic complex.

Harry Freeman Hagan
1 year ago
Reply to  Patriot Will

True, but she’s really just one of many, or several, mouthpieces for the Deep State, invisible, Establishment, entrenched,totalitarian commie left.

Patriot Will
1 year ago

Yes Harry, there are other lefties as evil as AOC.

Diana
1 year ago

This communist should have never been allowed in any part of American government not even picking up trash, shows how dum Americans voters have become, better get their heads on straight before we have no America anymore that is what obama, and most democratics want and they have made that very plain so anyone that votes for a democratic is part of this one world order garbage that the democratics have been trying for, by taking away or Freedoms and our Rights which is Treason and we need to prosecute any and all politicians judges police or military that try to take,change, twist, ignore, or dismantle any part of Our Constitution as Written

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