Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has made a very public showing of being against dark money, and will grandstand during congressional hearings to make sure you know that.
“Dark money is used to manipulate electorates,” tweeted AOC in February. “It is the enemy to democracy. Period.”
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
However, it would appear that when it comes to herself, being involved with dark money is just fine.
According to the Daily Caller, AOC has ties to her own dark money group known as “Organize for Justice” which can raise unlimited amounts of money from anonymous donors, and which has ties directly to Justice Democrats, a PAC controlled by Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti:
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’s website states that it is the “sister organization” of Justice Democrats, the PAC that, according to corporate filings, Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff have held control over since December 2017.
Ocasio-Cortez claims she left the board of Justice Democrats in June of 2018, but the PAC’s corporate filings list her and Chakrabarti as “entity governors” of the group. The Daily Caller reported that AOC never disclosed to the Federal Election Commission that she and then-campaign chair Chakrabarti controlled Justice Democrats while her campaign was ongoing.
What has this dark money group been up to? According to the DCNF, it’s been training “highly skilled professionals” to create and lead political campaigns across the nation that promote values like Ocasio-Cortez’s:
Organize for Justice was founded by former Ocasio-Cortez campaign volunteers in November, according to corporate documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Justice Democrats’ executive director, Alexandra Rojas, also serves on the board of the dark money group.
In February, the group launched Movement School, a 10-week training program tasked with “incubating cohorts of highly skilled professionals to lead grassroots political campaigns across the country,” according to its website.
The dark money group doesn’t charge its participants tuition fees, according to a frequently asked questions page on its website. It requests graduates “prioritize working for campaigns that live the values of Movement School.”