Fundraising effort by AOC topped $5 million by Sunday evening
As updated late Saturday morning here on McHenry County Blog, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14) had arrived in the Houston area of Texas.
Late Saturday afternoon, AOC’s fundraising efforts for Texas relief had topped $4 million within a 48 hour period (UPDATE: AOC reported just after 8PM CST her fundraising topped $5 million).
AOC is collecting the proceeds through ActBlue, and ActBlue will be dividing the monies raised between 12 Texas charities:
- Corazón Ministries
- The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center
- Family Eldercare
- ECHO (Ending Community Homelessness Coalition)
- Southeast Texas Food Bank
- Food Bank of West Central Texas
- South Texas Food Bank
- North Texas Food Bank
- Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley
- Central Texas Food Bank
- Feeding Texas
- Houston Food Bank
Here is AOC’s late Saturday afternoon tweet announcing the $4 million mark and some pics with three congressional representatives from the Houston area:
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West on mid-Friday afternoon, had tweeted a 4-part response to AOC coming to Texas and raising money for Texas’ winter storm relief.
West’s transcribed tweets are below, noting when he tweeted this message, AOC had announced raising over $2 million:
“I hear that New York progressive socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is coming to Houston with $2M for weather relief. The gesture is appreciated but it doesn’t remove the fact that her green new deal philosophy failed Texans.
“Since 2006 Texas has given $19B in taxpayer subsidies to wind energy companies. Over the past 2-3 years Texas has tripled our dependence on wind energy to 23-25 percent of our energy distribution system.
“What Texans found out this week is that wind energy, and solar, are not reliable, dependable, and available energy resources. Therefore, ma’am, you’re not going to buy off Texans for your green new deal energy pipe dream for $2M.
“Texans appreciate your assistance but don’t want to be part of a partisan political photo opportunity. If you truly cared you would have anonymously sent the check, instead of making it about you.
“Next time you come to Texas bring us the $19B we wasted on wind energy.”Allen West tweets 2/19/21
As McHenry County Blog published early Saturday, the House Environment Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee will be investigating the Texas power grid failure, and the near total collapse of the Texas energy grid.
Subcommittee Chairman Ro Khanna (D, CA-17) has vowed one of the areas to be investigated is:
“…who participated in the conspiracy to falsely blame renewables.”Congressman Ro Khanna 2/19/21
Sounds like West was expressing what Khanna called a “conspiracy”.
A reminder, AOC serves on the Khanna subcommittee.