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Billionaire Back-Stabbing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Times Square Sign - Her Defenders Fight Back

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Karli Wallace Thompson, Political Director Democracy for America:

An organization funded by right-wing billionaires and corporate interests just put up a billboard attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Times Square.

Last week, corporate giant Amazon backed out of their plans to build a headquarters in New York after local activists and politicians dared to question the more than $3 BILLION in taxpayer money that they were demanding as a part of the deal. AOC stood with organizers on the ground and amplified their very real concerns -- and now the 1% is trying to make her pay for it.

Amazon is the richest corporation in the world. They don't need or deserve massive taxpayer-funded kickbacks. The people of New York were right to question Amazon's demands, and AOC was doing her duty as an elected representative by insisting on getting answers.

Stand up to right-wing corporate interests and make it clear that you'll support those who are fighting back: please chip in $3 right now to support AOC and Democracy for America's work to fight corporate power. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be the focus of these attacks by the obscenely wealthy right now -- but it's not going to stop with AOC or Amazon.

The fact of the matter is that big corporations are used to communities and governments bending over backwards to give them anything and everything they want in the name of "jobs" -- even if those jobs never materialize, or only go to already well-to-do -- and mostly white and male -- jobseekers.

Rich CEO's are terrified by the prospect of communities and progressive politicians actually standing up and insisting that their neighborhoods and their labor be treated with respect. They're scare-mongering about "socialism" right now because they know that if people actually keep fighting back, their massive cash flow could be in jeopardy.

Well, they SHOULD be scared. We are done with giving billionaires and big corporations a pass. Show AOC and DFA that you're with us by chipping in some money right now. Thanks for being in this fight with us.

- Karli


Fox News has its usual slightly warped and jaundiced right wing stance, proclaiming that Trump will be "checking these boxes" in his own 2020 campaign effort, but this time, Fox News reports this news a little more open mindedly than usual:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting some negative reviews in her home city. Fresh off helping drive Amazon's planned headquarters out of New York City, the rising Democratic star has inspired a billboard in Times Square.

"Amazon Pullout, Thanks for Nothing, AOC," the billboard, located on 42nd street near 8th Avenue, reads.

The high-visibility blast is funded by the Job Creators Network and will be up for all to see until next Wednesday.

"The Amazon pullout is a perfect example of what we've been saying: socialism takes and capitalism creates," Alfredo Ortiz, JCN president and CEO said in a release on Wednesday.

"The economic consequences of the HQ2 termination gives America a small taste of the harm that is to come if Ocasio-Cortez's anti-business canon comes to fruition and is made federal policy."

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