Almost definitely.

The link above takes you to a long article about how AOC’s grab for power is connected to her growing independence from DNC control. That makes her potentially quite a threat – both to the Democrats, and to the electoral process.

Another relatively new activist powerbase is the Sunrise Movement – which AOC has allied with publicly, most notably when they confronted Pelosi. Unlike other organizations, it is NOT largely funded by the Soros-allied foundations. Instead, they bring in a lot of young people, actually pay them something (barely, but more than most internships), and fund their salaries and other operating expenses through online donations (Paypal, VISA, MC, etc.).

They make no bones about being an advocacy organization. On their website, they specifically state that your donation is NOT tax-deductible (although they also have an ‘educational’ component that is).

Contribution rules

ActBlue Civics is a registered charitable organization formed to democratize social welfare giving. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by emailing info@actblue.com or calling (617) 517-7600. Alternatively, our report detailing our programs, a financial summary, and the percentage of contributions dedicated to our purpose, along with a copy of our license, may be obtained from the following state agencies: FLORIDA (registration #CH48620) — Division of Consumer Services 800-435-7352 www.800helpfla.com; GEORGIA (registration #CH012404) — contact ActBlue Civics; MARYLAND (registration #32940) — Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401; NEW JERSEY (registration pending) — Attorney General, 973-504-6215, www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/charfrm.htm; NEW YORK (registration pending) — Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271; NORTH CAROLINA (registration #SL010079) — State Soliciting Licensing Branch, 888-830-4989; PENNSYLVANIA (registration #106113) — Department of State, 800-732-0999; VIRGINIA — Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, PO Box 1163, Richmond, VA 23218; WASHINGTON (registration #38989) — Secretary of State, Charities Division, Olympia, WA 98504-0422, 800-332-4483; WISCONSIN (registration pending) — contact ActBlue Civics.

Registration with and reporting to these agencies does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation of ActBlue Civics.

I am at least eighteen years old.

This contribution is made from my own funds or the funds of an authorizing corporation or other entity, and the funds are not being provided by any other person or entity.

Note: Contributions, donations, and gifts to Sunrise are not tax deductible.

They support our advocacy and political efforts and allow us to build the most powerful movement we can to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs.

Sunrise is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.

DONATE BY CHECK: Make your check payable to Sunrise and send it to Sunrise, 50 F Street NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20001, USA.

You can MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION to the 501(c)3 Sunrise Movement Education Fund here (https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/donate-to-sunrise-movement-fund), which supports our educational work to raise awareness about climate change and expose the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics.

Questions? Issues? Email us at team@sunrisemovement.org.

In one way, Sunrise is smart – they are actually providing a base wage, that will tend to keep their people with them longer than volunteers. They are also spreading around fancy titles to all – which should make it easier for the drone to find another job in the future.

Their front page has this motto:

We’re building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

That ‘army’ part does give me pause.

As far as the House freshmen, I sense that the telegenic and glib AOC is the figurehead for a lot of discontent with Democratic leadership. The power behind the throne may be Saikat Chakrabarti, her former campaign manager and current chief of staff. He’s a Silicon Valley alum – his LinkedIn profile is here.

What I’m finding useful about LinkedIn is not the self-promoting BS – it’s the background information, and the connections to other people (People Also Viewed sidebar).

If you look at AOC’s FEC data, the contributions are, predictably, from ActBlue (small amounts – but a LOT of them – I’m assuming that this was a bundled contribution setup), some individuals – Benjamin Burkert (not a New Yorker – wonder what his interest was -he contributed $2500 in the primary), George Lane (also a CA resident who contributed $2500), Prajit Gopal – a young man in NYC, who is connected to technology through his work, also gave $2500.

So, it sounds as though a lot of AOC’s primary money was from:

  • Leftists (ActBlue)
  • The technology community (her chief of staff is from that industry)
  • The Indian community (her chief of staff is of Indian heritage)

ActBlue donations can be tracked, but it takes more time that I have to give. Here’s some information about ActBlue. If you scroll down the page, there’s a chart showing which races benefited most from ActBlue-connected donations.

Some of the top contributors to ActBlue.

I’m going to continue to keep an eye on this. AOC received a lot of cash for a newbie.

If the Left opponents don’t work to get something like this in place, they likely will be outspent in the next election. Few candidates have Trump’s ability to capture free publicity; the money is needed to get their name out.

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