Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened a lengthy broadside against the Lincoln Project on Twitter, siding with many progressives who have increasingly come to view the super PAC run by ex-Republican supporters of Joe Biden as a grift.
“Lincoln Project should take the L and publicly pledge to give a lot of their fundraising to the people who actually made a big difference,” Ocasio-Cortez said late Friday in response to news that the group had raised at least $67 million during the 2020 election cycle.
The soon to be sophomore congresswoman said the 2020 results netted by the organization had not justified the investment.
“@ProjectLincoln is def in scam territory w these results. It’s a pretty bad rep even tho GOP has a thing for failing up. Come clean, say “listen, we thought it’d work, it didn’t,& in good faith we’re gonna raise X mil for these ppl who deserve it,” she said. “And for folks who think it persuaded Republicans, I’d be interested to see data on how effective their videos and NYC billboards were at persuasion. Especially data that justifies $67,000,000.”
AOC said she was perfectly happy to be proven wrong if someone presented her with data to that effect.
The Lincoln Project, a creation of Never Trump Republican consultants, became known during the 2020 election for their tough ads attacking the president and media stunts like a Times Square billboard attacking the administration’s response to coronavirus.
The attack from AOC suggests the coalition of Bernie Sanders progressives and Democratic moderates that have brought Joe Biden to the brink of becoming president may not hold for much longer.
The Lincoln Project — never one to shrink from a Twitter fight — offered several public responses refuting the AOC from their account.
“Hi Congresswoman. We have 500,000 individual donors who gave an average of less than $60. I think it’s up to them to decide whether @ProjectLincoln is worth their investment,” Project Lincoln co-founder Reed Galen said.
Another co-founder, Mike Madrid, was blunter: “Gimme a call. Happy to educate you. Looking forward to the apology.
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