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Maybe you've never heard of the H.R. 1 bill, but chances are you've seen the viral video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playing what she's called the "Corruption Game."
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing about H.R. 1., also known as For the People Act of 2019, which would do things like establish automatic voter registration nationwide, make Election Day a federal holiday, and reform a corrupt campaign finance system.
In the hearing, Ocasio-Cortez suggests a "lightning round game" in which she plays "the bad guy" putting their interests "ahead of the American people." She first asks Hobert Flynn if there's anything legally preventing her from running a campaign that is entirely funded by corporate political action committees. Hobert Flynn says there's not.
As the hypothetical "bad guy"/elected official, Ocasio-Cortez then goes on to write and influence legislation that benefits the companies that funneled money to her campaign. She also manages to get rich quick because, as a stockholder in oil and gas companies, she deregulates those industries and their stock prices theoretically skyrocket. Ocasio-Cortez introduced these scenarios as part of a game, but they're all plausible — and none of them are illegal.
"A lot of the American people would see that as a huge conflict of interest and just plain wrong," says Hobert Flynn. "But it's perfectly legal."
Although Hobert Flynn didn't know she was in the middle of an exchange that would soon go viral, she knows Ocasio-Cortez is uniquely good at making politics digestible.
"I, like everyone else, have witnessed the ability for Representative Ocasio-Cortez to really approach issues in a refreshing and new way that engages people all over the country," she says.
Read the full article about exposing America's campaign finance system by Victoria Rodriguez at Mashable.