UPDATE AT 7:55 P.M. EASTERN ON WEDNESDAY: Ocasio-Cortez has a place to crash in D.C. now. According to the Daily Wire, she turned down an offer from celebrity chef José Andrés and said she has a place to stay. Crisis averted.
Now that 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has secured her new government role, it’s time for the nation’s new youngest congresswoman to make an important move from the Bronx to Washington, D.C. by the start of the new term in January.
There’s one problem, though: She claims she can’t afford to rent an apartment in our nation’s capital until she receives her first paycheck for representing New York’s 12th district.
“I’ve really been just kind of squirreling away and then hoping that gets me to January,” she told the New York Times, calling the next few months “very unusual, because I can’t take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment?”
“Those little things are very real,” she added. “We’re just kind of dealing with the logistics of it day by day.”
For an economics major who became a star of the Democratic Party and managed to raise $1.8 million for her campaign, including over $10,000 from Apple Inc. and the University of California, according to Vote Smart, fundraising for a little extra cash to get her by doesn’t seem like it would be that difficult.
Perhaps a GoFundMe page? She used it once to get a friend twice the amount of money than she needed for a cross-country road trip. And it appears that someone from St. Louis has already set one up to help pay for her rent, although it looks sketchy and only had $127 raised as of 2:10 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
Fox News pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez will make $174,000 a year in Congress. Until then, though, she’ll have find figure out how to pony up the median D.C. rent of $2,700 a month.
But according to a Fox News investigation, she might already have the money she needs in savings. A Financial Disclosure Report from April shows that she had between $15,001 and $50,000 in savings and between $1,001 and $15,000 in an investment account.
That would put her available cash well above what an average working-class person would have, unless she’s lost it all since April.
Expressing concern about how to pay for things isn’t a good look for a socialist candidate who boasted about her economics degree and has massive, foundational changes in mind for the U.S. economy.
Perhaps she can simply give her new landlord the same answer she gave Univision’s Jorge Ramos when he asked her how she plans for the U.S. to pay for universal health care and free college tuition: “You just pay for it!”
Check out her astounding interview with Ramos here.