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*The U.S. Chamber of Commerce* is not your local small-town pro-business club. It's one of the largest right-wing lobbies in Washington, D.C., and one of the top funnelers of dark money (money from unidentified sources) into election campaigns.
Usually the Chamber backs Republicans. Now it's backing a Democrat in a primary against Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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Why would the Chamber go after AOC? We have a few ideas.
Here's something AOC said in a recent video published by "The Hill" that no candidate backed by the Chamber of Commerce would ever say:
*"We have to start demanding and organizing from the bottom up, from grassroots movements, from nurses to warehouse workers to grocery store employees to the halls of Congress, demanding that we strip profit motive out of our decisions and reprioritize the public good and the health of everyday people."*"
Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez is openly criticizing the *class bias* of the Governor of New York in finally halting mortgage payments but not *rent payments* during the COVID-19 crisis. (RootsAction had been pressing for both steps.)
AOC is demanding that the U.S. government extend the *census-taking period* because of the coronavirus pandemic.
She's expressing appropriate but rare outrage at the* xenophobic *approach that Trump has taken to talking about coronavirus, and explaining the impacts this has on efforts to halt the spread of the virus.
She's denouncing* Amazon's* attempted smear campaign against a worker who organized a walk-out.
She's pressing for better responses out of Congress to the current crisis, and she's *educating* the public about Congress's actions.
AOC has become such a *major presence* in opposition to Trump's outrages that he actually urged Dr. Anthony Fauci to move to New York and run against her. (There's no indication that Fauci is taking Trump's joking remark seriously.)
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