New York State Fines Ocasio-Cortez Campaign

Her campaign lacked workers' compensation for a month
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 12, 2019 1:30 PM CST

(Newser) – The campaign of US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers' compensation for a month last year, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers' Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30. She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid.

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Stewart says the coverage is "vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries." The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, made bettering the lives of working people and the poor in her Queens-Bronx district a key component of her successful campaign to upset longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary. A message left with her Washington office wasn't returned. (Meanwhile, her recent comments on Trump have caused a ruckus.)

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