Even if the trapped House Democrat now refunds her donations, Ocasio-Cortez’s name will almost certainly be revealed in the Federal Election Commission report due this month-in order to win re-election in the region. Members of the party have increased responsibility. Due to relentless attacks by Republicans over the years, her political brand has been poisoned.
According to multiple sources, so far, at least three Democrats have rejected the initial transfer or stated that they will refund the money: Representative Connor Lamb from Pennsylvania, Caroline Burdo from Georgia and Michigan. Alyssa Slotkin.
Several people involved in the incident described it as a non-mandatory error by the DCCC, and its campaign staff failed to anticipate the political consequences of placing its most partisan figures on the donor list of its vulnerable members. , These fragile members are called frontiers.
DCCC spokesperson Chris Hayden declined to comment on the details, but said: “We thank Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for his continued commitment to the Democratic majority. Due to poor communication. , Some transfers were incorrect, but they have been resolved.”
Usually, Democrats in the swing zone will do everything they can to help them ensure re-election, especially in the first quarter, when candidates in that quarter are more difficult than ever. But these Democrats said that Ocasio-Cortez’s donation was unsolicited and without warning. Many of their campaigns did not receive notification from DCCC about donations until they received the member’s account. This move surprised senior aides and campaign advisers.
“The Republican Party has spent four years saying that the frontline figures are all socialists. Now they have receipts to prove this. Someone tells themselves that this will not appear in the campaign advertisement. This is a denial.” Said the Democratic adviser who works for the seat member.
In the political donation world, wire transfers are often used to quickly transfer large amounts of money from one account to another, especially during the final stages of the fundraising season and during the pandemic. Ocasio-Cortez’s transfer has brought obvious political risks to some members, but some sources pointed out that by donating directly to DCCC, she could have alleviated current anxiety.
However, other Democrats said that they think Ocasio-Cortez is interested in helping the endangered incumbent parliamentarians. This is a positive sign of party unity, even if they are shocked by the approach. Privately, Liberty Star is already close to personally with some frontliners, many of whom are in the same blue wave, helping the Democrats retake the House of Representatives in 2018.
Two sources familiar with her political operations said that she offered to make similar donations to frontline Democrats in the 2020 election cycle, but only made contributions to those who supported her.
Sophomore New York Democrats who spent many years in the campaign and were one of several progressives who refused to pay membership fees to DCCC, partly because of its treatment of major liberal challengers.
According to the dues report received by POLITICO, her current round of donations alone (with a planned total of US$160,000) accounted for more than half of Ocasio-Cortez’s 2020 overall dues target.
Ocasio-Cortez is a prolific fundraiser with his own campaign machine, which may be the main asset of Democrats as they try to maintain a majority of seats next fall. Although she has donated to some front-line Democrats in the past, such as Representatives Mike Levin and Katie Porter of California and Representative Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, her past donations have been more selective.
This year’s DCCC frontline figures include 32 carefully selected Democrats who will face the country’s toughest election in November next year. Most of them flipped Republican seats in 2018. Some, such as Levin and Porter in California, proudly identify with the party’s left wing and face the least political risk due to the affiliation of progressive icons.
But Ocasio-Cortez’s money caused trouble to Democrats like Maine’s representatives, Jared Gold and Slotkin of Maine, who represented more moderate And tried to keep a distance from the left wing of the core team. In November last year, the party’s vote disaster destroyed 13 incumbent lawmakers, and many on the front line of the Democratic Party were particularly anxious about this. Even Democrats who clung to their seats saw the victory much closer than expected and were shocked by the inaccurate polls.
Now, the Republican campaign is clearly the fodder of many Democrats attacking “Ocasio-Cortez” or “raising funds from Ocasio-Cortez.” In the past, Republicans tried to promote Ocasio-Cortez and other young people of color to bogey women and did not share dividends with independent voters, but their effectiveness in motivating the foundations of the Republican Party means they are likely to continue- Especially when President Joe Biden wanted to merge some of her priorities into his agenda.
However, several Democratic agents said they hope that the Republican candidate will launch an attack that will cause its members to succumb to Ocasio-Cortez and democratic socialist policies, regardless of whether her donations are refunded.
A Democratic source close to the process said: “If Republicans are going to strike us at AOC, they will do it anyway.” “They don’t care about the truth.”