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Former AOC Ally Paul Jean Swearengin Says Rep Betrayed Small Donors Who ‘Gave Up Their Lunch Money’

Paula Jean Swearengin, a former West Virginia Senate candidate, blasted Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday for a series of donations to “corporate candidates.”Swearengin lost to incumbent Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito by more than 40 points in 2020 and to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin by nearly 40 in a 2018 primary. She…

Paula Jean Swearengin, a former West Virginia Senate candidate, blasted Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday for a series of donations to “corporate candidates.”

Swearengin lost to incumbent Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito by more than 40 points in 2020 and to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin by nearly 40 in a 2018 primary. She appeared in the 2019 Netflix documentary “Knock Down The House” alongside Ocasio-Cortez and now-Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush. All three were endorsed by the left-wing group Justice Democrats, although only Ocasio-Cortez won during the cycle.

People sacrificed millions of Americans for so-called grassroots campaign campaigns. I believe that a lot of these corporate candidates have co-opted the progressive label. Many people sacrificed a lot of time, millions of Americans did. They gave up their money, their lunch, their bill funds to fight for candidates that are now elected. Briahna Joy Grey, former Bernie Sanders press secretary, said Swearengin.

AOC used her grassroots pack to raise money and gave it away to corporate candidates. People that did give up their lunch money-that did work hard for her…she turned it around and gave it to people she’s supposed to fight against.”

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— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) January 24, 2022

“AOC, you know, she took grassroots money with her grassroots PAC and gave it to corporate candidates. People who gave up their lunch money, those that worked hard for her, and people who took their bill money to give it to her. You know that she gave it to the people she was supposed to be fighting against,” Swearengin said.

Ocasio-Cortez announced the Courage to Change Political Action Committee (PAC) in January 2020, shortly after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced that it would not employ vendors and firms that worked on behalf of primary challengers to incumbents. Through Courage to Change, Ocasio-Cortez distributed campaign funds to 21 candidates during the 2020 election cycle, and 33 candidates during the 2022 election cycle. (RELATED: Here’s How Dem Candidates Who Supported Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Are Faring In The Primaries)

Six relatively moderate Democratic House members, including Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas, and Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind returned the contributions after the National Republican Congressional Committee publicized them. Maine Rep. Jared Golden, who w

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