Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Refusing To Pay Democrats $250,000 In Dues: I'm 'Not Welcome' In The Party

Anna Harnes

Freshman congresswoman and squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has claimed that she will refuse to pay the mandatory dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Fox News reported. Ocasio-Cortez has cited the fact that she does not feel that she or other outside challengers are "welcome" in the party.

"I don't see the sense in giving a quarter-million dollars to an organization that has clearly told people like me that we're not welcome," Ocasio-Cortez explained.

The "people like me" comment referred to insurgents against long-standing Democratic incumbents. Ocasio-Cortez famously rose to fame after beating Rep. Joseph Crowley. Crowley, who had previously been hailed as having a bright future in the Democratic party, had not seen a challenger in over a decade.

Ocasio-Cortez added that the DCC "want(s) to take my money, but push me out, or push candidates like me out."

Another factor that Ocasio-Cortez has cited in her decision to boycott the dues is the monumental sum requested by the DCCC. As a prerequisite for all Democratic lawmakers in the House, they can be as low as $150,000 for newer members and reach $1 million -- like the fee paid by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"It's pretty nuts -- $250,000 for a freshman member. Can you imagine being 30 years old and getting a bill for $250,000? I still have $20,000 in student loan debt," she said.

"Deadbeat Cortez should pay her bills," complained a Democratic insider to Fox News. "She's always whining about people paying their fair share and here she is leaving her friends with the bill."

"Do you want to be part of a team?" added New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks.

However, the Boston University alumna has hit back against claims that she is not a team player, citing the fact that she has helped the Democratic party's fundraising abilities substantially. Ocasio-Cortez estimated that she has helped raise over $300,000 for the party.

Despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez has refused to contribute, the DNCC has already broken records with its fundraising, boasting an off-year record of $110 million through November of 2019.

Ocasio-Cortez has also emphasized the importance of grass roots fundraising and getting big money out of politics. That said, she recently received some heat after receiving the maximum donation from current Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.