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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Raises More Money Than Every Other House Democrat: Report

Daily Caller [1]
November 29, 2019

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised more money in the third quarter of 2019 than any other House Democrat.

Ocasio-Cortez raised $1.42 million this past quarter, according to [2] a report Tuesday from The New York Post. The congresswoman [3] was followed in fundraising numbers by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff [4] and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi [5], who raised $1.26 million and $1.145 million respectively for their campaigns, according to the Post.

While no House Democrats out-raised Ocasio-Cortez, several House Republicans did. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise raised $3.45 million, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes [6] raised $2.6 million and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy raised $1.6 million, according to the Post.

The report states that the vast majority of Ocasio-Cortez’s donations were under $200, indicating strong grassroots support. The 30-year-old firebrand is facing a primary challenge from New York City Council Member Fernando Cabrera, who announced his congressional campaign [7] last month. Cabrera referred to himself as a “moderate Democrat” who believes Ocasio-Cortez has neglected the needs of her district during her ascent on the national stage.

While Ocasio-Cortez raised the most money of any of the 88 freshman Democrats in the first half of 2019, less than 1% of her campaign’s itemized contributions came from people in her own district, an analysis conducted earlier this year [8] by The Daily Caller News Foundation found. FEC regulations only require campaigns to publicize the names and addresses of individuals who donate over $200.

Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to congress last year, and has led the charge on many left-wing policy priorities, including the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and free college.