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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says Members Of Congress Tempted By ‘Dark Money’ Without A Pay Raise

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday that members of Congress need their current $174,000-a-year salary increased or they might be tempted by “dark money.”

The self-declared Democratic Socialist emphasized that “ALL workers deserve cost of living increases.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s faces accusations that she violated election campaign finance laws by surreptitiously controlling a political action committee that heavily donated to her 2018 campaign. If the allegations are proven to be true, it could result in jail time for Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff.

The congresswoman has denied any wrongdoing in the matter.

Ocasio-Cortez also ruled earlier this year that senior staffers in her congressional office would have to take a pay cut so that no one working for her would be earning less than $52,000 a year.

She explained at the time that “Leadership starts with our choices.”

“That’s why I decided that no one on my staff will make less than $52k/year,” she wrote. “It’s likely one of the highest entry-level salaries on the Hill. We pinch pennies elsewhere, but it’s worth every dime to pay a living wage.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who used to be a waitress, is enjoying the financial dividends of her new job, moving into a luxury apartment replete with pools, a sauna, rooftop garden and even a wood-burning stove to make pizza. Ocasio-Cortez justified the opulence by saying luxury should be the standard for everyone. She has also complained about her congressional duties interfering with her yoga classes and forcing her to eat at fast food restaurants.

Prior to being sworn in to Congress, Ocasio-Cortez complained that she couldn’t afford an apartment in Washington and actually looked for donations from supporters to help her along the way.

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  • Betty Sherman says:

    I live on Social Security of less than $ 2,000 per month and still can travel. What in the name of God do they need that kind of pay-raise????????

  • Diana says:

    Congress senate none of our government employees deserve a raise and what these asses want should be going to those on Social Security and Veterans not these over protected backstabbing socialist communist Traitors to America they all belong in jail and all benefits revoked immediately Send in the Federal Marshals Arrest these Treasonist and as far as dark money goes they been on the take the last 40-50 years, that is why they need Arrested there is plenty of proof but republicans are scared maybe because some of them are just as bad if so get them all

  • William conley says:

    Anyone who aids this dumb horse faced bitch or supported her in any way need to have their voting rights revoked for life and maybe even given mentally stability tests to see if they are mentally unstable. What really needs to happen is this lying ass needs thrown in jail and have to pay back every penny she’s made as a member of Congress. I mean when a chick who literally doesn’t even know the three branches of government can get elected to Congress which should require an IQ test and a civil knowledge test even if voted in before they are allowed to actually serve. If they daily the tests they can’t be involved with a single thing Congress does until they pass they get three tries then the runner up gets tested if they pass they get the job instead. They also need term limits on all levels of government I say 8 years is fair enough gives them time if they are actually doing their job to put things in place and train their replacement. Of course of the replacement isn’t suitable the former can step in until they have trained the incoming person to serve at an level deemed acceptable. There was never an intention when this country was founded to have career politicians they actually tried to make sure that wouldn’t be the case so the government would be formed by the people to serve the people instead it turned into exactly what they left their homes for and came here to escape. Hell even religious oppression is making a rather healthy comeback the literal basis for the colonists leaving Europe and coming here.

    • Alice says:

      I agree! Plus, not only should congress NOT receive a pay raise, but they should receive a DECREASE in pay for being nonproductive. I hope President Trump has to ‘approve’ pay raises for these clowns. It’s DECREASE season!

  • Louis Butler says:

    You knew the pay when you went into office. You have more vacation time, and holidays than any group in the US. and you get paid more than enough money for the time and work that you do while there. Stop bitvhing and get a REAL job you dumd bitch

  • Diana says:

    Really all they so call work is part time so let’s make them part time that means No retirement, No healthcare, No paid vacations, No perks of any kind and a cut in pay a least 25-50 percent then make it up to Taxpayers when and if they ever get a raise maybe 1/2% every 5 years maybe 1/2% every 10 years is better Sense they have stole so much from Social Security and they only get 1-3% raise what a joke that’s is far from a cost of living raise but these asses want thousands of dollars raise NO NO No

  • JerryV says:

    What happened to the Oath of Office they took when sworn in? To uphold the law?

    Like a kid throwing a tantrum, AND threatening that if she doesn’t get a raise, she’ll break the law and go for the :Dark Money”.

    Anyone that pulls a stunt like this should be brought before the House Ethics Committee. Oh wait, she’s a Democrap. How stupid of me to forget they have a different set of rules. Sorry for the mistake.

  • Ed Pawlak says:

    I wonder if she inflated the price of drinks to level off her tips?

  • Gerald Cline says:

    If you divide a Congress critter’s salary ($174,000) by the number of days they actually work a year (around 110), and assume they work eight hours a day on they days they actually do work, that means they are being paid around $200.00 an hour. AOC cannot survived on $200 an hour? She is going to be tempted by “dark money” (lobbyists?) who would bribe her (as if she would refuse a bribe anyway)? What the hell kind of expenses does she have that she cannot address on $200 an hour? What is wrong with this picture…?!?!?

  • Nancy West says:

    You know I read something on Facebook that she may be a white-hat, it makes you wonder I mean really how stupid can you be before it is mathematically impossible

  • Lloyd Rauschkolb says:

    I believe all congressmen and women are on the take for dark money, so they do not need any raise. Don’t let them have one. In fact, let’s pay them as party time workers which is really what they are and take away all their retirement and health insurance and let them buy their own health insurance. Everybody and I do mean everybody knows how useless they are. We all know they don’t care about anything but greasing their own skids. Time to clean their clocks!

  • RWF