connectVideoConservative group buys Times Square billboard bashing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez via Amazon NYC pullout
Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz says his group wants to emphasize that socialism is ‘take’ and ‘ capitalism ‘creates.’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted a billboard in Times Square, that called to her controversial role in Amazon’s decision to abandon a planned HQ2 in New York as “wack” and said it proves the effectiveness of the progressive movement is they have become a symbol of.
“Few things communicate effectively with the strength that we have built up in the fight against dark money, & anti-worker policies such as billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote early this morning to her 3.2 million followers on Twitter.
The first Democratic New York congressman, who has faced intense criticism for its role in the collapse of the planned second seat for the tech-giant on the water in Queens, said the billboard, which was paid for by the creation of employment Network is funded by billionaires such as the Mercer family.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a screen grab of the group’s Wikipedia page, which says it is funded “mostly by executives and conservative foundations, including the Mercer Family Foundation.” However, some time after the congress and the tweet was sent early this morning, the organization of the Wikipedia page was edited to remove the line about the financing.
After Fox News reaches the Job Creators Network for comments on Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets, the Wikipedia page was then edited again and now contains the line that was in the New York of the congress and the tweet: “It is funded mainly by corporate executives and conservative foundations, including the Mercer Family Foundation.”
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The Mercer Family Foundation invested tens of millions of dollars in a range of conservative causes of the past ten years and was a financial backer of Donald Trump in 2016, the US presidential campaign. The Job Creators Network, which was founded by Home Depot co-founder and billionaire Bernie Marcus, has reportedly advocated against minimum wage increases, together with Newt Gingrich to be the focus of Congress’ attention on tax cuts in 2017 and pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
The Job Creators Network provided the following statement to Fox News from Alfredo Ortiz, the group president and CEO:
“AOC has barely elected and she is already acting like a typical Washington politician by an attack of an organization, because they can’t defend her position. AOC cost the New Yorkers of 25,000 jobs and $4 billion in annual wages,” Ortiz said in the statement. “The creation of jobs Network is a national small business advocacy organization that is supported by one of America’s greatest American Dream stories of success, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. Home Depot started as a small company with two shops and today employs more than 400,000 people.”
In the announcement of her decision to leave New York, Amazon cited the opposition of “a number of state and local politicians.” Ocasio-Cortez, activist groups, and members of the community pointed out on incentives, such as $2.5 billion in tax breaks and $500 million in the capital grants as a reason for their opposition.
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The congress has repeatedly defended her role in Amazon’s exit from New York, says that the deal would have displaced local residents and that the money was better spent on the infrastructure of the city. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others have criticized the local politicians who oppose the Amazon deal because of their own interests above that of ordinary New Yorkers.
“[A] small group [of] the politicians for their own narrow political interests above those of their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelming support of Amazon to Long Island City-the state’s economic future and the interests of the people of this country,” Cuomo said in a statement last week. “The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held responsible for the missed economic opportunity.”
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Ocasio-Cortez also criticized the choice of Times Square for the billboard in a follow-up tweet, writing: “Billionaires pay to set up anti-progressive propaganda in Times Square, such as the obscene rich version of the scene in which Michael Scott points at the Bubba Gump and say: “This is it, this is the heart of civilization, right here.”