Ocasio-Cortez gets fresh criticism on Amazon as new billboards in New York arise

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez waves to the audience after speaking at Women’s Unity Rally organised by the ladies March in NYC at Foley Square in Manhattan, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Will)

New billboards slamming the US. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., have popped up in Times Square, constant criticism on the freshman legislator for Amazon’s decision to pull part of the planned second corporate headquarters in New York.

The billboards, which at the “prominent intersection” of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue in Times Square, to make a note of the fact Ocasio-Cortez’s attention was on the first board and go to the section of the city lost 25,000 high-paying jobs.

The first billboard states “Hey AOC, Saw you wack tweet.” The second says, “Hey AOC, this billboard costs about $4,000. But you cost NY of 25,000 jobs and $4,000,000,000 in annual wages. Ouch!”

(Job Creators Network)


“Facts are facts: while the Job Creators Network has spent some money attention to the economic consequences of the Amazon pullout, Ocasio-Cortez robbed New York of 25,000 new jobs and $4 billion in annual wages,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO, in a statement obtained by Fox News. “They can call us whatever they want to about how we spend our money, but it is clear that most people care more about how she brings them.”

Fox News has reached JCN to clarify where the $4 billion figure comes from.

The new ads come after Ocasio-Cortez hit the first billboard, which said: “Thank you for nothing, AOC!” The 29-year-old congressman 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 Thursday morning on Twitter.

She followed up with subsequent tweets about the JCN is funded by the Mercer Family Foundation and corporate executives, and the comparison to a scene in the NBC show “The Office” where “Michael Scott points at the Bubba Gump and say: ‘This is it, this is the heart of civilization, right here.'”

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, an effort that was defeated.


In her decision to leave New York, Amazon specifically mentioned attacks by Ocasio-Cortez, as well as other lawmakers, say they made a hostile environment to do business.

“When you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it is ‘Never Amazon,'” Jodi Seth, the head of policy communications for Amazon, told NBC News in an interview earlier this month. “If you talk to [New York City council Member Jimmy] Van Bramer, it’s the unions.”

Seth added that “it was not a single incident” that drove the Seattle-based tech giant on its decision, adding that the intense political debate that has taken place in the past three months was what led to the decision.

“It was that the environment in the course of the past three months had it not have been better. There were a number of local and national elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan,” she said in the interview.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized Ocasio-Cortez, and other 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 earlier this month. “The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held responsible for the missed economic opportunity.”

Amazon, which is currently 8,000 people in the state, according to NBC, said it would distribute 25,000 jobs in the 17 offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada, including in New York. However, Seth added that Amazon does not plan to re-open discussions with New York legislators and does not intend to find another headquarters for the employment.

In addition to the 25,000 jobs, Amazon would have charged, $2.5 billion in investment property and ultimately 8 million square feet of office space to Long Island City, as part of the deal announced in November last year. Amazon has also said it would generate “incremental tax revenues of more than $10 billion in the next 20 years, as a result of [his] investment and employment.”


The Jeff Bezos-led company Amazon said it would continue as planned with the second part of her HQ2, which will be built in Northern Virginia, as well as the operations center, which it said it would open in Nashville.

Fox News’ Christopher Carbone contributed to this story.

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