Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in another move to make herself ubiquitous, paid a political merchandise firm a whopping $1.4 million from her campaign coffers just in the first six months of 2021 to create T-shirts and hats with leftist slogans such as “Tax the Rich” and “Abolish ICE” — much of the merchandise featuring her initials.
That sum paid to Financial Innovations, a political merchandise firm, according to campaign disclosures to the Federal Election Commission, is roughly twice as much as what she paid to the firm the previous two years, the Daily Mail noted.
Financial Innovations has also created merchandise for Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. According to Andrew Frawley, who managed the merchandise operation for Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign, the Ocasio-Cortez campaign could accrue at least a 50% profit from sales of the merchandise.
Last December, The Daily Wire reported, “At her online store at shop.ocasiocortez.com, the former bartender is selling sweatshirts that say, ‘TAX THE RICH.’ You can also buy a ‘New Green Deal’ coffee mug for $27. Then there’s the ‘Drink Water & Don’t Be Racist’ T-shirt for $27. And the ‘cancel student debt’ shirt for the same price. And the ‘ABOLISH ICE’ dad hat for $28. But the ‘SOCIAL ECONOMIC RACIAL JUSTICE’ sweatshirt will set you back $65.
“The first question in the FAQ section addresses returns: ‘We do not accept returns or exchanges,’” The Daily Wire added.
Ocasio-Cortez later agreed with far-left Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) who said during the video event that law enforcement should be defunded.
The progressive Squad member and Bowman have both been staunch proponents of the “Defund the Police” movement.
Bowman, however, despite his fiery rhetoric against “white supremacist” police, begged the Yonkers Police Department for increased police presence where he lives due to alleged “death threats” after the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6.
The pair discuss how to push the defunding police agenda further, despite the disastrous results it has produced. Ocasio-Cortez tells her congressional colleague:
“We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases [of violent crimes]. Now, I wanna say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much.”
“But, I also wanna make sure that this hysteria … you know, that this doesn’t drive a hysteria, and that we look at these numbers in context so that we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate … in that context,” she added.
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed out that just last month, Ocasio-Cortez had the power to stop $2 billion in additional funds for the Capitol Police that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wanted. All she had to do was vote “no” like Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Cori Bush (D-MO), and Aryanna Pressley (D-MA).
“Instead, she voted ‘present’ to get more police protection for herself,” he said.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) aunt has slammed her own niece after the congresswoman blamed President Donald Trump for her grandmother’s hardship. Speaking to a Daily Mail reporter this week, the New York Democrat’s aunt said Trump is not to blame for the lack of aid residents are receiving, but instead, officials on the Caribbean island are.
“It’s a problem here in Puerto Rico with the administration and the distribution of help,” said the aunt. “It is not a problem with Washington. We had the assistance and it didn’t get to the people.”
This comes after Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to say her grandmother had been suffering in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria in 2017. She proceeded to blame President Trump for blocking relief.
Conservative commentator Matt Walsh has raised more than $100,000 for US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother — after the pol was slammed on Twitter for not helping her “abuela” enough.
Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had tweeted a thread Thursday depicting the conditions of her grandmother’s home, which was damaged during Hurricane Maria in 2017 — taking aim at the Trump administration for blocking aid to Puerto Rico.
Walsh was among those quick to fire back at the progressive lawmaker, alleging she was allowing her grandmother to “suffer” in “squalid conditions” while she herself lived in posh comfort.