Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is clashing with the core of her party once more as she encouraged donors to steer clear of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
In a weekend tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said she thought a new DCCC rule to “blacklist [and] boycott” to be “extremely divisive and harmful.”
Instead of contributing to the DCCC, she recommended donors contribute directly to swing candidates, those of which do not have the backing of the DCCC. These candidates are often primary challengers to incumbent Democrats.
“The @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party,” the New York Democrat tweeted. “My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead.”
“Ocasio-Cortez’s criticism of the DCCC is in response to Rep. Cheri Bustos (D., Ill.), the new chairwoman of the DCCC, announcing a new policy earlier this month that attempts to protect incumbent Democrats from primary challengers,” the Washington Free Beacon reports. “The new policy bans Democratic consultants from working with primary challengers if they want to continue doing business with the DCCC.”
According to the report, Ocasio-Cortez’s legislative assistant, Dan Riffle, took the effort a little further when he suggested more-Leftist members of the DCCC should stop paying their dues over the policy.
“The simple and obvious solution here is for Progressive Caucus members to stop paying dues to the @DCCC. The DCCC is not an organization that backs any Democrat,” Riffle tweeted. “They work to elect a certain kind of Democrat, and if you aren’t that kind of Democrat why are you giving them money?”
Ocasio-Cortez won her congressional seat by taking on and defeating the third highest-ranking Democrat in a primary election.
The Free Beacon reports some members of the Democrat Party met with the new DCCC chairwoman but said they were unable to get her to change the policy.
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Progressive Caucus co-chairs Mark Pocan (D., Wis.) and Pramila Jayapal (D.,Wash), and caucus member Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.) met with Bustos on Wednesday to voice their opposition against the new policy and demanded that it be reversed, but Bustos said she would not change the policy, according to Politico.
While Bustos hasn’t showed signs that she will be reversing the policy, Pocan told Politico he believes they are still having an “open conversation” and “there’s more to come” with their conversation.
“Let’s be clear. If this policy remains in place, it will mean that we will not allow new Ayanna Pressleys or AOCs to emerge. It’s simply wrong,” Khanna told the Intercept. “It’s also hypocritical for a party that champions strong antitrust. The DCCC is acting as a monopoly by saying that anyone who does business with them can’t do business with any competition. It’s the classic antitrust violation and an unfair restraint on trade. Many progressives in Congress will fight until this rule is changed. We stand for reform in Congress and reform of the Democratic Party machinery to make sure they prioritize our voters and the grassroots.”
The Democratic-infighting comes amid a larger movement of Democratic lawmakers endorsing more far-Left views than their traditional party platform. The large variety of Democrat presidential candidates also illustrate how people within the party hold different views of its future.