I want to begin by saying that I search, every day, for misbehaving and unethical conservatives and Republicans to try to balance the flood of outrageous conduct and rhetoric by “the resistance” and Democrats lately. This is how I end up writing about the comments by the Governor of Kentucky relating to an event I never heard about. I also try to find any source other than Fox News when the story involves a Democrat or progressive, except that so often such stories go unreported in the mainstream news media. When I get the inevitable complaint that I am picking on AOC for this story because of my right-wing bias, I will ask for the name of any Republican House member who has done something like this. Count on it.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Queens yesterday 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.”
That was sort-of true, but not true enough. In fact, the proceeds of the run went directly into Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign account. The Fun Run raised money for her.
This is deceit, bordering on fraud. “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 began fun-running. Still not good enough: many of the joggers, if not most of them, believed their money was going to save the planet. “It’s going to help raise awareness and educate people,” a female runner told The New York Post. Brian Schwartz of Long Island said, “I think it’s really for this particular New Green Deall. No question.” “It’s to help the environment. To support the Green New Deal,” another woman said. “It’s a good cause.” Others, told of how they were deceived, shrugged it off. After all, their end of the political spectrum believes that the end justifies the means.
Nonetheless, the runners and donors were deceived. If I am a candidate for the House who promises to strengthen government ethics, I can’t tell participants in a “Run for Ethics” that the money will go to efforts to make government more ethical when it will really go into my re-election fund. That’s a lie. If OAC was a supporter of more cancer research, could she call this campaign fundraising stunt a “Run to Eliminate Cancer”?
I’m sure the young Congresswoman or her legal staff will point to notices on her Facebook page saying that the run would support “U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & the Green New Deal,” but that’s also intentionally deceptive language. The fine print on an event-related website was correct…if runners and contributor saw it: “Registration fees are contributions to AOC for Congress,” followed by the Federal Election Commission rules that donors must follow.
Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent that the Fun Run was a campaign fundraiser, meaning that not one cent of its proceeds would go directly to support the Green New Deal—that’s the other part of the deception, since there is no such thing, the GND having only “aspirations,” and no programs—and that the event was a classic bait and switch. A scam. A sting.
The fact that the money thus separated from the gullible marks consisted of a paltry $11,000 is irrelevant to what the episode reveals. Ocasio-Cortez is a con artist. She cannot be trusted.