US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) raked in more money for her reelection campaign in the last fundraising quarter than any other House Democrat. That included Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to records.
AOC, a Democratic socialist who serves parts of the Bronx and Queens, raised $1.42 million between July 1 through Sept. 30. She was followed by House impeachment leader and US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who raised $1.26 million, and House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.), who received $1.145 million.
Most of AOC’s donations, $1.1 million, were under $200.
Political observers said that it is unprecedented for a rookie representative in office for less than a year to out-raise powerful veteran leaders such as Pelosi and Schiff.
All three of these politicians are up for reelection in 2020, with Ocasio-Cortez preparing for a Democratic primary in June against Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera, among others.
“This is very rare, unique — I can’t recall anyone raising this much money during the first year in office,” political consultant George Arzt said.
“AOC is a celebrity who gained attention from people across the country, and many on the left support her.”
Brendan Quinn of the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks fundraising, agreed that AOC’s fundraising accomplishment is unusual for a rookie.
He called it a testament to her popularity and tremendous name recognition, saying, “She’s become iconic.”
Brooklyn Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, for example, raised $499,739 during the same period.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan-Brooklyn), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, raised $192,284 for the quarter and $860,037 since January.
Her rookie sidekick, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, raised $722,212.
There were a few Republicans who raised more than AOC.
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House GOP minority whip, raised $3.45 million.
California Rep. Devin Nunes, the former House GOP Intelligence Committee chair, garnered $2.6 million in donations, and House GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, $1.6 million.
AOC has raised the sixth most donations since January among all House members. She trails only Scalise, Nunes, McCarthy, Schiff and Pelosi.
Written by Rich Stevenson
Credit: NY Post