Ocasio-Cortez Responds To Billboard Shaming Her For Slamming Amazon - It’s ‘Wack’

Cristina Cross
February 24, 2019

Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to empower small business leaders in America, announced Wednesday its plans for a Times Square billboard reading "THANKS FOR NOTHING AOC".

After Amazon chose to back out of their second headquarters in Long Island City, Job Creators Network posted a billboard in Times Square, New York calling out Democratic Rep.

"Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon's corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world", she tweeted on February 14. "The debate *must* be over my intelligence & understanding, instead of the merits of the deal". Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has been outspoken against the e-commerce giant.

A business association called the Job Creators Network paid for the billboard, claiming Amazon pulled out of its NY plans "because of anti-business politicians, notably Ocasio-Cortez", in a statement.

After dropping out of the deal last week, Amazon asserted that it had made the decision after facing opposition from a "number of state and local politicians".

"If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to".

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Even some on the left, like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, blamed Ocasio-Cortez for the loss of economic opportunity from the implosion of the Amazon deal. "We could hire out more teachers".

"It used to be that we would protest wars".

"Green light for hush money, I can do all sorts of awful things, it's totally legal right now for me to pay people off, and that is considered speech, that money is considered speech", she hypothetically stated.

From a purely economic point of view, Amazon was expected to generate $27.5 billion in tax revenue over a 25-year period, 9x the $3 billion government incentives offered.

But on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez mocked critics, saying "there's NO WAY that this deal - one of the biggest giveaways in state history - could possibly have been bad, right?"

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