What the Heck? Corporate America gets citizen status so it can donate as much dark money and otherwise as it wants, but Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez can’t, according to the Republican party? If Corporate America has free speech rights that mean it can donate wherever it wants, why doesn’t she, a living, breathing human being? On what grounds should her campaign donations be returned? Whose donations must next be refused, according to the Republicans? Black Americans’? Non-Christians’? This is a disgusting, cynical, two-pronged attack on the Democratic Party’s ability to raise campaign funds and on AOC personally, in my opinion. How about we require the Republican Party and its candidates to return donations by polluting corporations or violate federal or state regulations or members of banking and Wall Street who participated in the activities that caused the Great Recession in 2008?
“House Republicans' campaign arm on Monday launched a website calling on a number of vulnerable House Democrats to return campaign donations from progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
The website, dubbed "Socialist Give Back," comes after Politico reported last week that Ocasio-Cortez donated $5,000 to a number of House Democrats. The National Republican Congressional Committee highlighted the Democrats who have returned the donations, including Rep. Chris Pappas (D).
Ocasio-Cortez's Courage to Change PAC donated to the New Hampshire Democrat on March 29, but Pappas's campaign returned the funds, citing a clerical error.
Other House Democrats who returned the campaign cash include Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.), and Ron Kind (D-Wis.).
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Chris Hayden told Politico last month that the campaign arm was appreciative of Ocasio-Cortez's efforts, adding "due to a miscommunication, some transfers were made in error, but that has been addressed."
Ocasio-Cortez has become the face of progressive Democrats and a fierce critic of Republicans. She has also sparred a number of times with more moderate Democrats.
The development comes less than a week after the Federal Election Commission's first-quarter deadlines, which saw record fundraising numbers from House Democrats and Republicans.”