Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state

Marsha Scott
January 13, 2019

The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a champion of progressive policies and supposed advocate of the working class, has been fined for not carrying workers' compensation coverage during a period of the campaign past year.

Lawmakers have been quietly criticizing the NY newcomer and are hoping to rein in her criticism of those in her own party, Politico reported, citing almost 20 lawmakers and aides.

Nancy Pelosi, left, swears in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Also pictured is Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., right.

Ocasio-Cortez, who describes herself as a "democratic socialist" has become the face of a new younger and more "woke" demographic focused on fixing systemic problems in the country.

During this time, campaign staffers were not covered for injuries received on the job.

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"She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star?" a House Democrat anonymously said.

With more than 2 million followers on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez uses the power of social media to address issues on her terms.

Technically, it's the same political party, but a newer swath of lawmakers are filling seats in the Capitol, including Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman already making ripples in her first week.

The New York State Workers' Compensation Board's website also shows that Ocasio-Cortez's campaign carried two other comp policies with the State Insurance Fund. "There's a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress".

"She's new here, feeling her way around", added Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore. He frequently voted along Republican ideology lines, and post-retirement from the Senate, served as head counsel for the white collar criminal defense and investigations practice at a law firm that did extensive work for Donald Trump and then later failed to mention that as a conflict of interest when necessary. Jeffries is the new Democratic Caucus chair. I think she has matured.

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