WASHINGTON (CIRCA) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a point to make during a recent House Oversight and Reform Committee regarding U.S. campaign finance laws. During a hearing, the Democratic freshman congresswoman from New York engaged in what she called a "lightning round" of questions to see how legal it is for politicians, including the President of the United States, to be a "bad guy."
The questions she asked to make her point included, if someone could run a campaign entirely funded by corporate political action committees, if that person uses that money to make hush payments and pay people off to get elected, and once that person is elected, can they influence laws that affect the groups that funded them.
The answer to all of those questions is yes.
“We have a system that is fundamentally broken. We have these influences existing in this body, which means that these influences are here in this committee shaping the questions that are being asked of you all right now,” Cortez said.