Ocasio-Cortez reelection campaign refunds $1,000 in donations from pro-Trump former Facebook exec

Ocasio-Cortez reelection campaign refunds $1,000 in donations from pro-Trump former Facebook exec
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials MORE’s (D-N.Y.) reelection campaign has reportedly refunded $1,000 in donations from Trump donor and former Facebook executive Palmer Luckey.

Luckey, who founded Oculus VR and has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party and to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE’s reelection campaign, donated $500 to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign in August and another $500 earlier this month, The Daily Beast reported, citing Federal Election Commission records.

Ocasio-Cortez’s team said it wasn’t aware of the donations until it was asked about them by The Daily Beast and that it had since refunded the total amount.

It’s unclear why Luckey — who left Facebook in 2017 following a controversy surrounding his support for Trump and his donation to Nimble America, a group that funded ads attacking Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Trump to hold campaign rally in Pennsylvania next month MORE — donated to the progressive freshman’s campaign.


"We first became aware of the donation when asked about it by The Daily Beast — as soon as we became aware of it we refunded the money," campaign spokesman Corbin Trent told the outlet. "I assume the majority of the people who donate to the campaign do so because they support her ideology and her policies and because she supports working class people. I have no idea in this case."

Luckey founded virtual reality firm Oculus VR and sold it to Facebook for more than $2 billion in 2014. Since then, he’s donated to federal and state GOP candidates as well as the Republican National Committee. He's also donated $150,000 to the Trump Victory PAC.