A 5-minute video of Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been making the rounds on social media. The clip is from Wednesday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting, but only features a small segment of the committee’s discussion, focusing on Ocasio-Cortez’s questions about campaign finance law. However, the viral video leaves out some important points.
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The original clip that was posted on Twitter by James Corden has been viewed over 25.4 million times, received more than 432,000 retweets, and has nearly 847,000 likes.
In the video, as reported by the Daily Wire, “Ocasio-Cortez claimed that it was ‘already super legal, as we’ve seen, for me to be a pretty bad guy,’ as she questioned several people about what she was allowed to do with her ‘special-interest, dark-money-funded campaign’ money.”
Oh my god. This is just sensational. Please watch and retweet. pic.twitter.com/ackPHwAUce
— James Corden (@JKCorden) February 7, 2019
The viral video, however, did not include any of the follow-up information offered by IFS Chairman Bradley A. Smith.
Smith was asked by Rep. Chip Roy to make some corrections regarding some of Ocasio-Cortez’s statements that could easily be viewed as misleading.
While Ocasio-Cortez was asking questions, she referenced an article written by Smith and tried to use it as an example, implying that campaign funds could legally be used as “hush money.”
During his response, Smith clarified, stating, “[T]the whole point of the article she held up that I wrote was that you cannot use your campaign funds to make those payments. That would be illegal personal use.”
He also asserted that “campaign funds are not dark money,” as Ocasio-Cortex had previously indicated, adding, “They are totally disclosed, so they are not dark money.”
Smith also countered Ocasio-Cortez’s point in regards to how members of Congress may be influenced by corporations, specifically special interests who may fund a campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez had asked Mrs. Hobert Flynn, “Are there are any limits on the laws that I can write or influence, especially if I’m — based on the special-interest funds that I accepted to finance my campaign and get me elected in the first place?”
Hobert Flynn replied, “There’s no limit.”
Smith responded to that point, stating, “I did kind of chuckle at the question is it possible, asked of us, that these influences are, this money is influencing the questioning here. To that, I’d say that is something you have to ask yourselves, if you are being influenced, then see what you think. If you are then you might question yourselves, if you’re not you might question this hearing.”