Having been part of several outings where people go on walkathons or long distance runs to raise money, it is always a good thing to try and find out where the money is going that’s raised.
For example, If you were to participate in a Relay for Life event you would know exactly where that money is going. The organizations that you should always give your money to are the ones that are the most transparent with what they are doing with it.
That is why that you have to be careful because there are so many groups and organizations that will say that their fundraiser is for one purpose but it ends up being for another that you never end up finding out about until long after they already have your money.
It’s safe to say that if you go to a 5K run with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s name attached to it, you’re not exactly under the impression that the money is going to go to the Republican National Committee.
However, depending on how the event is marketed, you may not necessarily be under the impression the money is going directly to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign coffers — and that’s why the freshman representative finds herself embroiled in a controversy.
The “fun run,” which took place on Saturday in Astoria Park in Queens, could be mistaken as an environmental event if you didn’t look closely at the advertising for it.
“The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 5K & 1K Kid Dash is a Family Fun Run supporting U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on the Saturday following Earth Day,” the event’s website reads.
“Listen to live music, enjoy Fogo Azul as you cross the finish and learn about a Green New Deal.”
The Facebook post about the run, similarly, didn’t give a whole lot of indication what the registration fees were going toward.
And, according to the New York Post, some runners certainly didn’t know.
“I think it’s really for this particular New Green Deal,” one runner said. “No question.”
“It’s going to help raise awareness and educate people,” another said.
“It’s to help the environment. To support the Green New Deal,” another woman told the Post. “It’s a good cause.”
Well, all right, perhaps they were running a race and weren’t exactly in the mode to explain themselves.
But then, Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem interested in talking to an obviously winded New York Post reporter who tried to ask her questions en route.
She also didn’t mention her own campaign coffers while talking to participants before the event, according to the Post.
“We’re getting together for our own health, for our planet’s health … and to fight for the Green New Deal together,” she said, the Post reported.
Except … every dollar collected on Saturday went to AOC for Congress, the congresswoman’s campaign fund.