Ocasio-Cortez has spent more campaign money this cycle than any other Democrat up for re-election
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In just two years, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has set up a political operation that rivals those of some of the most productive fundraising showstoppers in Washington.
The New York Democrat has spent the most money of all House Democrats seeking reelection this fall, and has spent at least $ 6.3 million this cycle so far, despite representing one of the country's most liberal districts.
This is no reason to panic: According to the Federal Election Commission, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez still has $ 4.6 million in cash in her campaign account after she has collected more than $ 10.5 million in the past 18 months.
For Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, the wasteful campaign spending is an investment in her political future. To build a sustainable donor base to become a national ruler, politicians have to spend a lot of money.
Since Ms. Ocasio-Cortez largely avoids the elaborate $ 1,000 a plate dinner that traditionally shaped politicians' campaign funds, this means that she must use the digital realm if she sees her resource building as a product of the progressive "movement" designed.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has so far used more than $ 1 million for Facebook advertising in this cycle to receive small donations (i.e., donations of $ 200 or less) for her campaign, as a review of her FEC records shows .
In May alone, Congressmen's campaign committee spent $ 168,056 on Facebook ads and asked donors to help them defeat three challengers in the 14th district democratic area code, which will take place on Tuesday and will largely determine who will win the general election in the very liberal district.
The biggest threat to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is former television host and writer Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former Republican who has received substantial support from large donors with a particular focus on the financial sector.
"She is a democratic socialist and a polarizing, divisive force," said Ms. Caruso-Cabrera about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez during a primary virtual democratic debate this weekend.
"It is wrong for the time. It's wrong for New York and it's wrong for our neighborhoods, ”said Ms. Caruso-Cabrera.
The financial success of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's grass-roots digital campaign shows something else: Small dollar donations are responsible for almost 80 percent of the money the congresswoman has collected in this cycle, according to her candidate profile at Open Secrets.
In comparison, the company's top fundraiser, GOP Whip Steve Scalise, has earned only 44 percent of the nearly $ 20 million he's raised so far in this cycle through donations in small dollars, according to Open Secrets.
The leading house democrat in this cycle, the lead impeacher Adam Schiff, has raised 54 percent of his campaign money by donating in small dollars.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has also hired strong campaign personnel to ensure that the operation runs smoothly.
Nearly three dozen people received paychecks from Congressmen's campaign accounts in May and June, a number of employees more suited to a serious Senate operation.
In fact, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has not ruled out challenging Senate Minority Chair Chuck Schumer, who will stand for re-election in 2022.
"Frankly, this news cycle is so crazy - who knows where one of us will be in 2022," she replied in April to a question from the Politico Playbook about a possible primary challenge for Mr. Schumer.
At least one person believes that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez would win such a showdown: Donald Trump.
The President tweeted a story from the Washington Times on Sunday about the pressure Ms. Ocasio-Cortez faces to face Mr. Schumer and added encouraging words.
"Actually, that would be a big improvement - and it would win!" Mr. Trump wrote.
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