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AOC Challenger Caruso-Cabrera Earns Wall Street Support, GOP

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With the goal of unseating first-term Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic socialist and member of the self-proclaimed “Squad,” some major Wall Street players are financially backing her Democratic primary opponent, former business journalist Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, campaign records show.

Caruso-Cabrera, a Republican-turned-Democrat and the daughter and granddaughter of working-class Italian and Cuban immigrants, is challenging Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s primary in the 14th Congressional District, which encompasses neighborhoods in parts of The Bronx and Queens.

In 2018, Ocasio-Cortez catapulted from obscurity to an upset primary win over then-Rep. Joe Crowley, before an election win in November. Crowley had served in Congress since 1999 and was Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Caruso-Cabrera is the author of the 2010 book, You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government. The book has a foreword by Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s National Economic Council director, and advocates for “fiscal conservatism, limited government and personal responsibility.” She served as CNBC’s Chief International Correspondent for eight years.

Caruso-Cabrera’s top donors feature Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon. They both contributed the maximum $2,800. Schwarzman briefly served as Chairman of President Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

Her other key contributors include Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, a pro-Trump GOP donor, and his wife, Elaine. The couple gifted a combined $11,200 to the former CNBC host’s campaign. Ken and Elaine gave the maximum donation of $2,800 each for the primary and general election. By law, Caruso-Cabrera can only spend half of that total for the primary, which will be held on June 23.

Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that Republicans have contributed to Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign, as well as an “anti-AOC” super PAC partly financed by her husband Stephen Dizard, an investment banker and GOP-donor.

Federal Elections Commission (FEC) reports show Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign has raised $10.5 million compared to Caruso-Cabrera’s $2 million. The first-time incumbent had $4.6 million in cash-on-hand to Caruso-Cabrera’s $1 million.

“It’s not surprising that Republicans would finance the campaign of a lifelong Republican in a Democratic primary,” Ocasio-Cortez’s spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, told the New York Post. “While we have pushed against corporate power with policies that favor everyday working Americans, those donors prefer to bankroll a candidate who answers to Wall Street over the needs of our constituents.”

Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign told the Post that she is the best candidate to create jobs in New York, a city that has been ravaged by homelessness, job loss and looting.

“New York businesses are supporting a Caruso-Cabrera because she wants to create jobs for people. What’s bad about that? Compare that with AOC, who chased 25,000 jobs out of New York,” Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign spokesman Hank Sheinkopf told the New York Post.

SaraACarter.com will continue to report on New York’s primary races.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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