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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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BREAKING: Clinton herself ‘agreed’ to leak Trump-Russia allegations to press

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Remember this 2016 post from Hillary herself just days away from the election? During Friday’s trial of her former attorney Michael Sussmann, some juicy details behind this vey post have emerged.

“Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, said that Clinton ‘agreed’ to leak allegations that the Trump Organization had a secret communications channel with Russia’s Alfa Bank to the media during his Friday testimony” reports National Review.

The media “report” Hillary tweeted about above, was spoon-fed to them with her blessing. Mook also revealed the “purpose” for the campaign to leak it to the press was to have a reporter “run it down” further and “vet it out.”

As for Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, Mook added that he “discussed it with Hillary as well” after which, “she agreed to” their decision to turn the loose gossip over to the press.

She was then able to use Slate’s “reporting” to discuss the fake collusion publicly. Clinton then tweeted the campaign’s press release on the “statement from Jake Sullivan on New Report Exposing Trump’s Secret Line of Communication to Russia.”

FBI agent James Baker, the then-agent who Sussmann took the Alfa Bank information to, testified in the trial Wednesday. He said he was “100 percent confident” that Sussmann said he wasn’t representing a client when they met.

A text message from Sussmann to Baker from the day prior reads: “Jim — it’s Michael Sussmann. I have something time-sensitive (and sensitive) I need to discuss. Do you have availability for a short meeting tomorrow? I’m coming on my own — not on behalf of a client or company — want to help the Bureau. Thanks.”

National Review reports of the case:

The former FBI general counsel said that he would have treated the meeting and subsequent investigation differently had he known Sussmann was coming forward on behalf of the Clinton campaign.

 The evidence that Sussmann delivered to Baker came in the form of Domain Name System (DNS) data that allegedly showed frequent communications between servers associated with the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank. The data was provided to Sussmann by Joffe, an executive at the cybersecurity firm Neustar, which was also being represented by Sussmann as part of his role as a partner at the Perkins Coie law firm.

FBI agent Scott Hellman testified Tuesday that he was immediately skeptical of the data and accompanying analysis that suggested illicit communications between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank. In fact, the quality of the analysis was so poor, that Hellman questioned whether its source had a “mental disability” in a private chat with FBI colleagues, obtained by prosecutors.

Opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which Perkins Coie hired to work on behalf of the Clinton campaign, translated the DNS data into laymen’s terms and pitched it to various reporters, including Franklin Foer, a writer for Slate.

 “We certainly hoped that he would publish an article,” former Fusion GPS employee Lauren Seago testified.

Foer obliged them, touting the claims in an article published on October 31, 2016, a little over a week before Election Day.

 

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