Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez @AOC US Representative,NY-14 (BX & Queens). In a modern, moral, & wealthy society, no American should be too poor to live. 💯% People-Funded, no lobbyist💰. She/her. Nov. 27, 2019 1 min read

While many try to belittle a progressive agenda that centers working people & the public good, in truth it’s more powerful than ever.

I haven’t picked up a phone once this year to dial for dollars, & I don’t meet w/ corp lobbyists.

That is the power of your grassroots support.

I intentionally built my campaign to rely on small-dollar grassroots support w/o any corporate $, because I felt that’s the best way to be accountable to everyday people.

It has impacted how I work in Congress in powerful ways - ways I couldn’t fully appreciate until I got here.

There is, of course, much more time for me to be fully present at my job.

In Congress, this is a luxury. Since I don’t spend hours each day asking for money, I spend a lot more time legislating, studying, & preparing/sitting in hearings.

This has cumulative effects over time.

Instead, your support allows me to spend hours each day studying issues & exposing abuse of power.

So while Fox continues to laugh that I’m “just a bartender,” I’ve spend the whole year studying big pharma, private equity, military contractors, and Mark Zuckerberg’s shady deals.

Our political system’s reliance on huge sums of money has many negative impacts, but one of the largest is that it takes lawmakers’ time away from lawmaking.

That’s a feature, not a flaw - the less time lawmakers have, the more special interests can slip in harmful provisions.

None of this is a critique on lawmakers who dial for dollars - they don’t want to be doing it in the first place.

But to change this system, we must push hard to change the corrupting role of money in politics. And yes, those forces exist among all parties.

You can follow @AOC.


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