Federal Election Commission filings released Thursday shed light on 31 Democrats who received the campaign cash infusion.
The firebrand ‘Squad’ member pushed $ 5,000 transfers to the vulnerable incumbents from her Courage to Change leadership PAC, which she created last year to boost progressive Democrats. Many of the House members who received the funds, however, are viewed as moderate in comparison to Ocasio-Cortez, which may not sit well with swing voters in their competitive districts.
According to the filings, representatives such as Pennsylvania’s Matt Cartwright and Susan Wild, New Jersey’s Mikie Sherrill, Nevada’s Susan Lee, and Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger were recipients of Ocasio-Cortez’s cash (full list below).
In a sign that some Democrats view Ocasio-Cortez’s money as toxic, four lawmakers returned the donations days after they hit their campaign coffers. The PAC’s filings show that as of March 31, Georgia’s Carolyn Bourdeaux, Pennylvania’s Conor Lamb, Michigan’s Elissa Slotkin, and Wisconsin’s Ron Kind sent the donations back to Ocasio-Cortez’s PAC.
A number of centrist Democrats, including Spanberger, lashed out at their liberal colleagues on a call following the November elections, blaming the party’s left flank for almost costing them their seat in Congress.
During the call, Spanberger said that she never wanted to hear Democrats use the word “socialist” or “socialism” again, and added that if they had viewed the elections as a success, they would get “f—ing torn apart” in 2022.