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Top donors to President Trump are also pumping thousands of dollars into the campaign kitty of the Democratic primary rival to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, campaign records show.
Broadcaster Stanley Hubbard, who contributed $175,000 to the pro-Trump Great America PAC, contributed the maximum $5,600 to Caruso-Cabrera, according to opensecrets.org and filings with the Federal Elections Commission.
“Cowboy venture capitalist” Darren Blanton, who has given $41,000 to pro-Trump campaign entities, also donated $5,600 to Caruso-Cabrera.
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Financier Nelson Patz, who held a lavish fundraiser at his Palm Beach home earlier this year to help raise $10 million for Trump and the RNC, kicked in $5,600 to Caruso-Cabrera’s campaign.
Venture capitalist Walter Buckley, who donated $1 million to the pro-Trump’s Rebuild America Now Super PAC and $125,000 to Trump Victory fund, also chipped in $5,600 to AOC’s chief primary opponent.
AOC has been at odds with Wall Street and big business — symbolized by her opposition to a scuttled plan for Amazon to open a campus headquarters along the Queens waterfront.
Caruso-Cabrera is a former veteran business journalist and CNBC anchor.
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Caruso-Cabrera is running as a moderate, pro-business Democratic alternative to Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th congressional district that takes in the neighborhoods of Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and College Point in Queens as well as Morris Park, Parkchester, City Island and Throgs Neck in The Bronx.
Caruso-Cabrera supported the aborted Amazon headquarters and criticized AOC for helping scuttle it.
Asked about the donations from Trump backers, Caruso-Cabrera spokesman Hank Sheinkopf said, “AOC’s divisive behavior has created the national coalition supporting MCC. AOC continues to work against our presumptive Presidential nominee Joe Biden. AOC prefers to be with Donald Trump 13.7 percent of the time. Her vote on SALT was in lock step with the President, which hurts NY.”
He was referring to AOC’s vote against a House bill to repeal the law that limits state and local tax deductions on federal income tax returns, which mainly benefits wealthier, home-owning taxpayers, and her voting record.
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During a NY1 debate Friday night, the candidates were asked if they would raise taxes on households making at least $500,000. The three participants were AOC, Caruso-Cabrera and Badrun Khan of the Jalalabad Association.
Ocasio-Cortez said yes to raising taxes on the wealthy residents, as did Kahn.
Caruso-Cabrera said she opposed raising taxes “at all” during the fiscal crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
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They also squared off in a feisty debate last month.
The primary election is June 23 but early voting begins on Saturday. Residents can also opt to vote by mail.
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