Since the beginning of her career in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been widely praised for using social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter to give a deeper look into the inner-workings of Congress.
While many of the posts have been purely informational, like those documenting office assignments and new member orientation, a recent post from Ocasio-Cortez called attention to a much more harrowing practice.
Apparently this is a normal practice, and people don’t bat an eye. The first few people in line are guaranteed a s… https://t.co/ts32c4V5cQ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1550085560.0
The Congresswoman discovered that lobbyists frequently pay the homeless and low-income Americans to hold their place in line at Senate and Congressional hearings, which only hear from 10 members of the public during that time.
People were disturbed at lobbyists using their deep pockets and the needs of low-income Americans to influence policies that affect all of us.
@AOC Everything and everyone has a price under capitalism. Human beings are commodities to be bought and sold.— The Socialist Party (@The Socialist Party)1550086271.0
@AOC Lobbying is sanctioned bribery of government officials and should be outlawed. Lobbyists should lobby the peo… https://t.co/NcC8wHRjuK— Googlybear (@Googlybear)1550086524.0
@AOC Any paid lobbyist should be banned from any government building. It’s legalized bribery.— San Clemente Jedi (@San Clemente Jedi)1550085722.0
Many, however, were grateful for Ocasio-Cortez.
The Congresswoman has consistently given regular Americans an insight into Congress and this time was no different.
@AOC If more politicians were like you, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, the world would be a better place. Keep up the good fight.— Alan Harris 🇨🇦 (@Alan Harris 🇨🇦)1550089135.0
@AOC Keeps proving there is a important job for young reps: fresh eyes on the scene, is critical.— Miss Alissa (@Miss Alissa)1550089168.0
@AOC I genuinely did not know that they did this. Thanks for showing us.— Krishan Patel (@Krishan Patel)1550085517.0
We hope this will lead to more accountability for lobbyists and more compassion for the homeless.