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AOC raises nearly $5 million in Texas relief efforts

February 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, from left, volunteers at the Houston Food Bank with U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia and on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Texas on Friday, directing federal agencies to help in the recovery. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has amassed $4.7 million in her fundraising efforts to help Texans hard hit by last week's winter storm as of Sunday evening, according to her press secretary Ivet Contreras.

(CNN)Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had amassed $4. 7 million in her fundraising efforts to help Texans hard hit by last week's winter storm as of Sunday evening, her press secretary Ivet Contreras confirmed to CNN.

The New York Democrat launched her fundraiser Thursday after extreme cold weather, ice and snow caused the power grid managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to fail -- leading to rolling blackouts and a boil-water advisory for nearly half of Texas.

The next day, Ocasio-Cortez said that donation figures had risen to $2 million, and she announced she would visit the state.

To raise money, Ocasio-Cortez is using Act Blue, a Democratic fundraising tool, that helps her build an email listserv as she receives donations.

On Friday, the congresswoman said she would fly to Houston to join Democratic Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia to distribute supplies.

While in Texas, the progressive lawmaker and other Democrats visited food distribution centers, water delivery sites and toured the damage left behind from an unprecedented storm.

Ocasio-Cortez, alongside Garcia and Texas Rep. Al Green, said Saturday that she wanted to work to get assistance to Texans after volunteering at the Houston Food Bank and touring the home of a family who was affected by the winter storm.

When asked by CNN if Ocasio-Cortez had ever raised money or visited a disaster site before, the New York congresswoman said this was her first event outside of an effort to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and some relief work before she had been elected.

"Our first major relief effort was last year when Covid hit and so we were able to build a disaster relief and fundraising operation and we cut our teeth on that with Covid but that was in our home district, and so before that, we had mobilized for Hurricane Maria relief but that was before I was elected as a member of Congress," she said.

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