New York Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has called on the Lincoln Project anti-Trump conservative PAC to shift its funding to grassroots organizers who “actually made a difference” in this week’s election, after its expensive outreach struggled to peel away Republican voters.
The Lincoln Project garnered significant media attention during the campaign, raising at least $67 million in its bid to win over “independent-leaning men, those college-educated Republicans, the suburban Republican women.”
Among its co-founders were Steve Schmidt, who was Republican Sen. John McCain’s 2008 campaign manager, and George Conway, husband of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
But for all its agitation and social media reach, the Lincoln Project struggled to peel away Trump’s Republican supporters. The president increased his share of the GOP vote in 2020 compared with 2016—boosting turnout from 90 to 93 percent.
The Lincoln Project is now being criticized by prominent Democrats on the left of the movement, who claim the group wasted tens of millions of dollars that could have given candidates the edge in down ballot races.
AOC—a figurehead of the progressive wing of the party—said on Twitter Friday evening: “It’s not too late for them to do the right thing. Lincoln Project should take the L and publicly pledge to give a lot of their fundraising to the people who actually made a big difference.”
The New York representative said the group should also “consider using their fundraising juggernaut to get resources to those orgs.” This could help the project recover some of its damaged reputation, Ocasio-Cortez said. “There’s potential incentive bc @ProjectLincoln is def in scam territory w these results. It’s a pretty bad rep even tho GOP has a thing for failing up.” Read from source….