A freshman Congresswoman from New York is facing scrutiny after hosting a “Fun Run” after some participants were unaware that their donations were actually campaign contributions.
“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens Saturday that she billed as ‘a Family Fun Run supporting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on the Saturday following Earth Day,'” according to The New York Post.
Many of the 400 participants, the report said, did not know that the $30 registration fee for the run was actually a donation to the Congresswoman’s campaign fund.
From The Post:
A vaguely worded notices on AOC’s Facebook page — saying that the run would support “U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & the Green New Deal” — worsened the confusion.
But the fine print on a third event-related website revealed the truth.
“Registration fees are contributions to AOC for Congress,” reads the legal disclosure on aoc5k.com, which lists the Federal Election Commission rules that donors must follow.
Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, Corbin Trent, confirmed that the run was a fundraising event.
At least one participant voiced his concern over the lack of transparency from the Congresswoman’s office.
“The site says it’s to benefit her environmental plan,” one participant reportedly said. “If it is going to go directly to her campaign they should have said so.”
Furthermore, some parents registered their children, thus contributing to the Congresswoman’s campaign under their children’s names – a potential violation of campaign finance law.
The young House Rep has had some serious run-ins with campaign finance rules already in her short tenure in Congress. She was accused of paying her boyfriend Riley Roberts out of her campaign coffers, and a March Federal Elections Commission complaint alleges that her campaign moved nearly $1 million “off the books.”
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Democrat Superdelegates Willing to Overturn Primary Delegate Count to Stop Bernie
The Democratic Party still has a ‘superdelegate’ system.
New York Times interviews with several Democrat superdelegates revealed that the party elites are willing and prepared to block a Bernie Sanders nomination if they have the ability.
The superdelegates only enter into play if the Democrat nomination process goes to a second ballot at the party’s convention in Milwaukee. For that to happen, no candidate could possess an outright majority of (pledged) delegates on the first ballot.
In such a case, superdelegates could plausibly prove instrumental in deciding the nomination.
Bernie Sanders has gone on the record stating that the Democrat candidate who possesses the most delegates at the convention-even if they’re not an outright majority- should be the nominee. Every other Democrat candidate, with the exception of Tulsi Gabbard, has declined to back such a proposition.
Superdelegates interviewed by the Times seemed relatively unapologetic about the prospect of overturning the will of a plurality of Democrat voters and handing the nomination to a candidate with less popular votes and delegates.
“Bernie wants to redefine the rules and just say he just needs a plurality,” said Jay Jacobs, chair of the New York Democrat Party. “I don’t think we buy that. I don’t think the mainstream of the Democratic Party buys that. If he doesn’t have a majority, it stands to reason that he may not become the nominee.”
The Times interviewed 93 superdelegates, finding consensus behind such a controversial proposition.
Superdelegates lost their right to participate in the first nominating ballot for the presidential primary after the 2016 election. Many Democrats were incensed at their undemocratic role in the nominating process, especially in light of their overwhelming allegiance to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primary.
Superdelegates are composed of party donors, elected officials, and other elite Democrats granted the powerful position by the DNC.
It’s worth noting that primary season talk of contested conventions, be it in the Republican or Democrat Party, rarely materializes. Hope of a contested convention is usually limited to a pipe dream that party segments resort to when it becomes too obvious that their preferred candidate is not going to be selected by voters.
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