March 5, 2019

USA: Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Spent $29,365.70 On Uber Lyft And Juno Since 2017 Despite Her Office Being A One-Minute Walk To The Subway. She Took 66 Flights And Only Amtrak 18 Times.

The Daily Mail, UK
written by Staff
Monday March 4, 2019

New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has clapped back after being branded a hypocrite for touting a Green New Deal but spending thousands of dollars on ride-share apps.

According to election filings, her campaign spent $29,365.70 on car services and $8,335.41 on subway fares, despite her Queens headquarters being just a one-minute walk from the subway.

On Saturday night, Ocasio-Cortez hit back at the New York Post for highlighting the figures, claiming she is just 'living in the world'.

'I also fly and use A/C,' she tweeted to her more than three million followers.

'Living in the world as it is isn't an argument against working towards a better future. The Green New Deal is about putting a LOT of people to work in developing new technologies, building new infrastructure, and getting us to 100% renewable energy.

She took another swing at the article on Sunday, implying that her hometown newspaper is trying to create controversy where there is none.

'The Post put the fact that I get into cars (while proposing a plan to invest in better car technology) on their front page,' she tweeted.

'Pack it up folks, the Pulitzer's been decided. No one can rival this kind of hard-hitting journalism.'

The freshman congresswoman, representing New York's 14th congressional district, says she has a goal of a 'full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases' within 10 years.

But the New York Post says from when she announced her candidacy in May 2017 to December 2018, her campaign has relied on using Uber, Lyft, Juno and other ride-hailing apps to get around.

According to federal filings viewed by the Post, Ocasio-Cortez's campaign spent $29,365.70 on vehicles that spew the very emissions she wants to be rid of.

This is despite her headquarters in Elmhurst, Queens, being just a one-minute walk to the 7 train.

The Post took another swing at the leftist Democrat on Sunday, writing that she arrived at a St. Patrick's day parade in her district in a gas-guzzling Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which is rated for 17 miles per gallon in the city.

The federal filings claim Ocasio-Cortez's campaign made 1,049 transactions for various ride-sharing services, 505 of which were for Uber alone.

In comparison, the campaign paid merely $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions, the Post reported.

The fact sheet of the Green New Deal claims that the only way to completely stop using fossil fuels and greenhouse gases is to 'totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail...create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.'

But she didn't take too many high-speed rail trips, booking just 18 on Amtrak, says the Post.

During her campaign, she also booked 66 airline trips at a cost of $25,174.54.

The rising star of the Democratic Party says one of the reasons she was able to beat incumbent Rep Joe Crowley in the primaries is because she did a lot of walking.

'I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles,' she tweeted last June. 'Respect the hustle. We won [because] we out-worked the competition.'

She even donated the well-used shoes to the 'Women Empowered' exhibit at the Cornell Costume Institute.
I'm not a green person and I take my fabric bags to the grocery store and/or reuse the plastic bags I buy if I forget my fabric bags. Also, grocery stores in Los Angeles allow us to bring in our used plastic bags to be recycled instead of throwing them away. (emphasis mine)
That's what Marxist Socialist Democrats do... mismanage, waste, launder taxpayer money. Then have the nerve to tell us they need to raise our taxes because they don't have enough money to pay for public services. They never have enough taxpayer money or money in general. Take for example in California:

More than $1 billion in Lottery funds goes to California public education each year. Here’s a quick breakdown of where the money goes:
  • 63% of Lottery funds are spent on salaries and benefits for educators. This money helps school districts fund class-size reduction programs, hire classroom aids, nurses, school psychologists, and specialists
  • 20% of Lottery funds are used to buy instructional materials for the classroom; including textbooks, classroom supplies, computers and software, library books and laboratory equipment
  • 17% of Lottery funds are used to support other programs and services.
But every election, they never have enough to pay for education and ask us to vote to increase taxes to pay for public education. Teachers are striking for higher salaries and improve public education experience for students and teachers. Teachers, parents and students complain they have to pay for supplies because the public schools can't afford supplies. I mean come on, what gives? Who's auditing public education funding in the state of California and Los Angeles? (emphasis mine)

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