Rapper Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez held a 5k in Saturday's Queens which declared "a family fun race in support of the green New Deal of the United States Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Saturday following Earth Day".
But many of the 400 runners did not realize that their $ 30 registration fees went directly into the legislature's coffers.
"We are gathering for our health, for the health of our planet … and to fight together for the Green New Deal," the democratic freshman told the participants before they left.
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Environmentally conscious supporters – who have walked through Astoria Park alongside a radiant AOC while strolling – believed that their money would help save the planet.
"It will help raise awareness and educate people," a female runner told The Post.
"I think it's really about this particular New Green Deal," said Brian Schwartz of Long Island. "No question."
"It is to help the environment. To support the green New Deal", said another woman. "It's a good cause."
A note vaguely worded on AOC's Facebook page – stating that the race would support "U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal" – worsened the confusion.
But the fine print on a third event website revealed the truth.
"Registration fees are contributions to COAs for Congress," reads the legal disclosure on aoc5k.com, which lists the rules of the Federal Electoral Commission that donors must follow.
"It was a fundraiser for the campaign," said Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent.
The participants paid more than $ 11,000 all in all.
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Even 3-year-olds have become unconscious political donors – ponying $ 20 fees to join 1k children.
But confusing the fact that those taxes were actually electoral contributions, the AOC may have induced the constituents to inadvertently violate federal electoral laws.
Parents, for example, cannot contribute their own funds in the name of a child.
The amount raised is a drop in the AOC bucket, whose superstar status and Twitter feed gossip brought it into the fundraising stratosphere in the first quarter of this year, when it raised $ 726.000 through online solicitations.
But only 4% of that total came from members of their district.
At Saturday's event, 198 runners came from the Bronx and from the Queens districts within the fourteenth congressional district. The other 200 came from elsewhere.
These contributions will improve its national fundraising quota.
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Some participants were fooled.
"The site says it benefits its environmental plan," said a supporter who did not want to give his name. "If he goes directly to his campaign, they should have said it."
Another didn't care.
"Even if it is so," said a woman runner of her money going directly to a campaign, "it's because it's her plan and she's the one we have to push."