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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
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, and Rep. Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., stand together on the House floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, on the first day of the 116th Congress...   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(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.

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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