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AOC Has Spent More on Reelection Than Any House Dem

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Sunday, 21 June 2020 10:49 PM

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has spent more money – $6.3 million through the beginning of this month – than any House Democrat seeking reelection this year, even though she is in a safely progressive district, The Hill reported Sunday.

She has nearly 40 staffers on her campaign, which is more typical of a major Senate campaign.

In addition, no candidate has spent more on Facebook than Ocasio-Cortez's $3.2 million in the past two years.

University of Connecticut political science professor Paul Herrnson said $6 million is "quite a bit for a person in a safe district to spend" and might indicate she has bigger plans.

"She has quickly emerged as a national leader," Herrnson said. "Everything about her track record suggests she's ambitious. Unlike most first-term members of Congress, she has national visibility and a national following."

But Ocasio-Cortez's campaign spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the congresswoman's spending is becasue she takes seriously her most significant Democratic Party primary challenger, former Republican and news anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who has the support of three super PACs.

Stan Oklobdzija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Claremont McKenna College Policy Lab, pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez is not the only star member of Congress with strong digital advertising presences to spend large sums, even in safe districts. He cited Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, who has spent $3.5 million this cycle, despite being a freshman in a conservative Texas district.

Oklobdzija also stressed Ocasio-Cortez is part of a broader progressive movement and has thus endorsed and helped numerous other candidates.

Presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden has also appointed Ocasio-Cortez, who champions the Green New Deal, to chair his climate change task force, according to Business and Politics.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has spent more money - $6.3 million through the beginning of this month - than any House Democrat seeking reelection this year, even though she is in a safely progressive district, The Hill reported Sunday. She has nearly 40 staffers...
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