At least three vulnerable House Democrats have reportedly returned campaign donations they received from the campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign sent $5,000 donations to several lawmakers facing tough campaigns in 2022. At least three such Democrats — Reps. Carolyn Bourdeaux, D-Ga., Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., and Conor Lamb, D-Pa. — have either declined the donations or committed to returning them, according to a Politico report published on Friday.
The lawmakers are reportedly concerned that being tied to Ocasio-Cortez, who is an open Democratic socialist, would hurt them with swing voters.
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Ocasio-Cortez’s payments reportedly went around the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which has butted heads with the second-term congresswoman.
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign reportedly received wire transfer information from DCCC staffers without the higher-ups’ approval. Typically, vulnerable members will swoop up any financial boost they can find, but this time