Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, the mother of socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), has fled the state of New York and moved to Florida because she was no longer able to afford the Democrat state's high taxes.
In an exclusive interview Monday, The Daily Mail reported that Ocasio-Cortez's mom moved into an "out-of-the-way lakefront community shortly before Democrat AOC filed her candidacy to become the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress."
"I was cleaning houses in the morning and working as a secretary at a hospital in the afternoon. I was working from 6 am until 11 pm," Blanca, a lifelong Democrat, said. "And I prayed and prayed, and things worked out. After the children graduated from college, I figured it was time for me to move to Florida."
"I lived in the New York area for most of my life but I started being unable to afford it," she continued. "I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north. I'm paying $600 a year in Florida. It's stress-free down here."
Blanca insisted that her daughter was not a socialist, stressing what she claims is a clear distinction between being socialist and being a democratic socialist, as her daughter styles herself.
"She wasn't raised to be a socialist," Blanca said. "That's not how Puerto Ricans are. That's not what we do. Socialists are in Cuba or Venezuela."
"She's a democratic socialist, and it's very different," Blanca added.
Blanca indicated she couldn't stand the way her daughter is being portrayed by people on the political Right, saying: "Some in the media, especially Fox News, look for anything they can find to criticize Alexandria. They don't even check the facts."
The Daily Mail's interview with Blanca came at approximately the same time multiple bombshell corruption allegations surfaced involving her daughter.
The Washington Examiner reported Monday that two "political action committees founded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top aide funneled over $1 million in political donations into two of his own private companies, according to a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday."
"The cash transfers from the PACs — overseen by Saikat Chakrabarti, the freshman socialist Democrat's chief of staff — run counter to her pledges to increase transparency and reduce the influence of 'dark money' in politics," the Examiner continued. "Chakrabarti's companies appear to have been set up for the sole purpose of obscuring how the political donations were used. The arrangement skirted reporting requirements and may have violated the $5,000 limit on contributions from federal PACs to candidates, according to the complaint filed by the National Legal and Policy Center, a government watchdog group."
Later on Monday, The Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr reported that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti "obtained majority control of Justice Democrats PAC in December 2017, according to archived copies of the group’s website, and the two appear to retain their control of the group, according to corporate filings obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation."
"If the Federal Election Commission (FEC) finds that the New York Democrat’s campaign operated in affiliation with the PAC, which had raised more than $1.8 million before her June 2018 primary, it would open them up to 'massive reporting violations, probably at least some illegal contribution violations exceeding the lawful limits,' former FEC commissioner Brad Smith said," Kerr continued. "Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the FEC that she and Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, controlled the PAC while it was simultaneously supporting her primary campaign, and former FEC commissioners say the arrangement could lead to multiple campaign finance violations. The group backed 12 Democrats during the 2018 midterms, but Ocasio-Cortez was the only one of those to win her general election."