Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5K race on Saturday in Queens, which she charged on Saturday after Earth Day as a "Family Fun Run" in support of US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal. "
But many of the 400 runners were unaware that their registration fees of $ 30 went straight to the legislature's box office.
" We come together to ensure our health for the health of our planet … and to fight together for the Green New Deal, "said the freshman before the contestants began.
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"It will help raise awareness and educate people," said a runner in the post office.
"I think it's really for this particular New Green deal," said Brian Schwartz of Long Island. "No question."
"The environment should be promoted Green New Deal support, "said another woman. "It's a good thing."
A vaguely worded statement on the AOC's Facebook page – stating that the run "US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal" – aggravates the confusion.
But the fine print on a third Event website revealed the truth.
"Registration fees are AOC contributions to Congress," states a legal disclosure on aoc5k.com, which lists the rules of the US Federal Electoral Commission to which the donors must abide.
"It was a fundraising call for a campaign," said Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent.
The participants paid more than $ 11,000
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Even children over the age of three became unconscious political donors fees for the Be it is for a child (1k).
But by falsifying the fact that these fees were in fact campaign contributions, the AOC may have induced constituents to inadvertently break federal election laws.
For example, parents can not contribute their own funds on behalf of a child.
The amount received is a drop in the bucket for AOC, whose superstar status and pugnacious Twitter feeds plunged them into the fundraising stratosphere in the first quarter of this year as they raised $ 726,000 in online revenue.
Of these, however, only 4 percent came from members of their own district.
At the event on Saturday, 198 runners from the Bronx and Queens districts came to the 14th congressional district. The other 200 came from other countries.
These contributions will enhance their native fundraising share.
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. Some participants felt cheated.
The site says it benefits its environmental plan, "said a supporter who would not mention his name. "If it goes straight to their campaign, they should have said it."
Another person does not mind.
"Even if that's the case," said a runner who went straight to a campaign, "It's because it's her plan, and she's the one we need to push it forward."