New York Daily News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rails against ‘broken’ political finance laws, takes aim at Trump and ‘bad guys’
New York Daily News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rails against 'broken' political finance laws, takes aim at Trump and 'bad guys'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t buying into big money politics.
The Bronx-born democratic socialist blasted U.S. campaign finance laws as “fundamentally broken” during a congressional hearing Wednesday, charging that the current state of political spending permits “bad guys” to “do all sorts of terrible things.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who has dominated headlines since she took office as the youngest woman ever to serve in Congress, took several indirect jabs at President Trump during the House Oversight Committee hearing on “ethics rules for the executive branch” and the role of money in politics. ….
“Now I’m elected, now I’m in, I got the power to draft, lobby and shape the laws that govern the United States of America. Fabulous,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Now, is there any hard limit that I have in terms of what legislation I’m allowed to touch…based on the special interests funds that I accepted?”
“There’s no limit,” said Karen Hobert Flynn, president of the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause.
Ocasio-Cortzed continued, “I can be totally funded by oil and gas, totally funded by big pharma and come in and write pharma laws?”
“That’s right,” Hobert Flynn said.
Wrapping up, Ocasio-Cortez then added, “We have a system that is fundamentally broken.”