Vulnerable Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) accepted an additional $5,000 contribution from Courage to Change, the super PAC led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), which advocates for the defunding of the police.
The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) had just made publicly available documentation revealing that Axne took $5,000 in campaign contributions from Courage to Change on October 20, 2022. In March of 2021, the congresswoman received the exact amount of money from the PAC as she did previously.
At the beginning of this year, it was revealed that Ocasio-(D-NY) Cortez's pro-defund the police Super PAC has proposed a litmus test for prospective politicians seeking their support, demanding that they vow to decrease police funding. This was done in order to determine whether or not they should receive their support.
According to the website of the PAC and a representative for Ocasio-Cortez, PolitiFact revealed in July that Axne had not accepted the pledge either before or after she accepted financial support from the organization.
In a comment to PolitiFact, Lydia Hall, a spokesman for the Republican candidate challenging the incumbent congressman, said that Axne wouldn't have accepted the PAC's money if she genuinely opposed cutting funds for law enforcement.
Cindy Axne voted for bill that continues to fund police and is largely funded by some of the strongest voices in the push to defund police, added Hall. This legislation is financially supported by some of the leading voices in the campaign to defund police.
Democrat Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) reportedly took $5,000 from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) pro-defund the police Super PAC, Courage to Change. https://t.co/0ZxL9ouh15
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In addition, Republican rival Zach Nunn claimed, Fundamentally, at the federal level, we have decided to turn our back on our first responders and Cindy Axne actively pushed to defund the police in an appearance with Breitbart News Sunday in July.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which was passed almost entirely along party lines with a vote of 220-212 the previous year, was the topic of discussion between Nunn and his spokesperson. Republican lawmakers have called this proposal an effort to defund the police.
In spite of the fact that the bill is now stuck in the United States Senate, a nonpartisan review conducted by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealed that it would cost significant amounts to more than 18,000 police agencies across the country. The majority of these costs would go toward training, data collection, management, and reporting.
It was noted by PolitiFact that the measure would force departments to submit grants to pay for resources and make an investment into training and resources.
A non-partisan watchdog organization filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) for giving a false official statement to the Clerk of the House, Breitbart News has learned. https://t.co/0UmF2KeIXl
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In the end, as Breitbart News has mentioned in the past, the politics of defunding police forces — and even more generally the concerns of leftist socialist ideologies taking over the Democrat Party — are at the foundation of a political shift witnessed in many areas nationwide, and this is at the heart of the shift that is being seen in many locations across the country.
Mike Berg, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, provided the following explanation to Breitbart News: It's not surprise that AOC keeps donating to Cindy Axne because Axne votes like a Brooklyn socialist.
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