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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Allies Tout Defund the Police While Spending Thousands on Private Security

Even as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” go around shouting about defunding the police

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Even as New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” go around shouting about defunding the police, they are all spending thousands on private security.

The expenditures are found in Federal Election Commission records, according to Fox News.

Per Fox:

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The group of progressive, Democratic congresswomen including Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have voiced their support for measures to reduce police spending and allocate those funds toward other community services in an effort to curb police violence.

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While Tlaib’s filings don’t show any private security spending, the other members of the “squad” do show the spending.

Meanwhile, they are all touting the defund the police ideas.

“Defunding police means defunding police,” Ocasio-Cortez said in June. “It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”

Even as she attacks out police, though, she is spending thousands on private security.

Meanwhile, however, Ocasio-Cortez has paid $3,000 per month on a New York-based “security consultant” service since December, 2020, though she was spending $5,000 per month on the same security consultant beginning May 5, 2020, as The Daily Caller first reported.

Since the start of 2021, she has spent more than $25,000 on “security” costs dated Jan. 25; more than $1,500 on security detail for a February trip to Houston after a shocking winter storm devastated the area; nearly $4,000 on “security services” dated Jan. 19; and nearly $850 on “security services” dated Feb. 2.

The other members of the “squad” are the same.

Ayanna Pressley spent a $4,200 the filings note. Ilhan Omar’s numbers show $3,100 spent on security. And Cori Bush has spent $5,000 a month.

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