AOC Wrongly Relies on Brad Smith’s Article to Make the Opposite Point to the One He Was Making

Brad Smith fairly criticizes AOC’s use of his hush money article in the WSJ in her now viral video about campaign money and Washington. I don’t think this undermines many of the points AOC made in her discussion of the money system in Washington–I agree with much of it. But she really mangled the point of Brad’s WSJ piece (more about which I‘ve written here.) Brad’s argument was that hush money payments could NOT be paid with campaign expenses (and therefore Trump could not have violated the law by failing to report the payments as campaign expenditures). AOC said Brad had said it was not illegal to use campaign funds for hush money expenditures. [This last sentence has been edited for clarity.]


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