Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled a fast one on some unsuspecting New York runners as they ended up donating to her campaign even without their knowing about it.
According to a report from Fox News, the Democratic congresswoman held a 5k in Queens on Saturday that was framed as “a Family Fun Run” with a $30 registration fee.
But, here’s the catch…
ALL of the proceeds went directly to her campaign, AOC for Congress.
ALL $11,000 of it.
From Fox News:
Many of the 400 runners didn’t realize their $30 registration fees were going directly into the lawmaker’s campaign coffers.
“We’re getting together for our own health, for our planet’s health … and to fight for the Green New Deal together,” the freshman Democrat told the participants before they set off.
Environmentally conscious supporters — who jogged through Astoria Park alongside a beaming, strolling AOC — believed their money was going to help save the planet.
“It’s going to help raise awareness and educate people,” a female runner told The Post.
“I think it’s really for this particular New Green Deal,” said Brian Schwartz of Long Island. “No question.”
“It’s to help the environment. To support the Green New Deal,” another woman said. “It’s a good cause.”
According to the report, some of the confusion came from vaguely worded notices posted to the congresswoman’s social media pages that funds would support “U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & the Green New Deal.”
The fine print on the actual event’s webpage offered the truth: “Registration fees are contributions to AOC for Congress.”
Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent confirmed that the event “was a campaign fundraiser,” but some of its participants were not aware. Some, according to Fox News, may have even violated federal campaign laws in the process:
Even kids as young as 3 became unknowing political donors — ponying up $20 fees to join a kids’ 1k.
But by fudging the fact that those fees were actually campaign contributions, AOC may have enticed constituents into inadvertently breaking federal election laws.
But only 4 percent of that total came from constituents in her own district.
At Saturday’s event, 198 runners came from the Bronx and from Queens neighborhoods within the 14th congressional district. The other 200 came from elsewhere.
Those contributions will improve her home-grown fundraising share.
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Some participants felt fooled.
“The site says it’s to benefit her environmental plan,” said one supporter who would not give his name. “If it is going to go directly to her campaign they should have said so.”
Another did not mind.
“Even if that’s so,” said a female runner of her money going directly to a campaign, “it’s because it’s her plan and she is the one we need to push it.”