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Ocasio-Cortez campaign hit with fine for failing to protect campaign workers: 'Hypocrisy at its finest'


Not a good look for the progressive leader

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The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a champion of progressive policies and supposed advocate of the working class, has been fined for not carrying workers' compensation coverage during a period of the campaign last year.

What are the details?

"The employer did not have the required workers' compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid," Melissa Stewart, spokeswoman for the New York Workers Compensation Board, said, according to the New York Daily News.

"This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries," she explained.

How did the political world react?

A Democratic "campaign veteran" told the Daily News that "it's not a great look" for Ocasio-Cortez.

"This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers," the campaign operative said.

Meanwhile, Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for the New York State GOP, said: "Hypocrisy at its finest. The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law. It's unbelievable."

What did Ocasio-Cortez say?

According to the Daily News, her spokesman had "nothing to add."

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