The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Political Action Committee has donated thousands of dollars to a climate protest group that has defiled priceless works of art around the world.
A $9,000 donation was made by Courage to Change, the New York Democrats’ PAC, to the Los Angeles-based Climate Emergency Fund (CEF) in 2021, according to federal documents reviewed by Fox News digital.
The CEF organization funds radical climate protest groups that have been known to engage in disruptive protests — like throwing soup or paint at famous works of art — to get the attention of political leaders, as ‘they demand an end to all new fossil fuel projects.
Last month, a Just Stop Oil fanatic stopped a world championship snooker match by jumping onto the table and covering it in orange powder.
It comes as one of AOC’s biggest donors was revealed over the weekend to be three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton.
Norton, 53, well known for his support of progressive causes, has donated more than $13,000 to the New York Democrat since 2020.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political committee donated $9,000 to the Climate Emergency Fund (CEF), which funded the climate protest group that defiled priceless artwork
One of AOC’s biggest donors was revealed to be three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton (inset), 53, who has given more than $13,000 to the New York Democrat since 2020
CEF, the organization that received the AOC donation, has directed millions of dollars to radical groups in nine countries around the world, including UK-based Just Stop Oil, US-based Declare Emergency and others.
Just Stop Oil pulled off a number of high-profile stunts, including sticking to expensive artwork and blocking roads.
The group calls for an end to all new fossil fuel projects, which are one of the biggest contributors to global warming and climate change.
Last autumn, two Just Stop Oil activists were arrested after they threw tomato soup at a famous Vincent van Gogh painting worth millions of dollars at the National Gallery in London before sticking to the wall.
The two eco-warriors were part of the radical group’s ongoing blockades of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square, bringing central London to a standstill at the time.
“If I don’t take peaceful action to demand change, I see no future for myself or for people of my generation,” said one of the activists.
Plummer and Holland went viral when they threw Heinz tomato soup on Vincent Van Gogh’s £76million masterpiece at the National Gallery this morning
After their demonstration, the two demonstrators glued themselves to the ground and had to be unstuck by specialized police officers
Another eco-fanatic, Edred Whittingham, 25, made headlines after causing chaos at the live game in April, and later bragged that the stunt had “exactly the response we were hoping for”.
The protester, who had already been arrested six times and received crowdfunding to support his activist lifestyle, was branded ‘selfish’ by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his behavior at the Crucible Theater in Sheffield, at the time, but said he would continue to protest.
“By disrupting snooker, we got exactly the response we were hoping for: mass publicity, millions of conversations and hundreds of people signing up for the action,” he said.
“Until the government does the right thing and ends all new fossil fuel licenses and permits, direct action will continue to play a role in keeping the issue prominent and at the forefront of the conversation. national (and international).”
Just Stop Oil is part of a coalition of ‘non-violent civil resistance groups’ demanding that the UK government stop allowing new oil, gas and coal projects.
In March this year, 25 of its members stuck to the road outside Buckingham Palace, causing more than two hours of disruption.
Edred Whittingham, 25, the eco-fanatic who, along with another protester, wreaked havoc at the live match in April, boasted the stunt had ‘exactly the response we were hoping for’
The COA PAC is the only federal committee to donate to the CEF since its inception in 2019, according to the Federal Election Commission database.
But there are also many Hollywood celebrities, including actors Jeremy Strong and Thomas Middleditch, who have donated channeled money to CEF.
And then there’s Norton, who directed his donations to AOC’s PAC. On January 15 of this year, he contributed $5,000.
In 2022, he donated $7,700. Nothing was recorded for 2021, but in 2020 he gave $2,800. Ocasio-Cortez was elected in November 2018.
Norton has voiced his support for her, regularly tagging along with her on social media and retweeting her posts to amplify them – particularly around social housing, taxation and energy policy.
Norton is the grandson of affordable housing advocate James W. Rouse and currently sits on the board of his Enterprise Community Partners foundation.
Norton is a longtime Democratic donor and has an interest in progressive causes
The New York MP, pictured at the 2021 Met Gala, was elected in 2018
When she tweeted at the start of the pandemic that more needed to be done to protect people from deportation, Norton agreed.
“Evictions, foreclosures and arrest suspensions are good, but they are nowhere near enough,” she tweeted.
He replied: 100% correct @AOC @NYGovCuomo @SenSchumer @NYCMayor.
“We need immediate and real protection against rents and mortgages, residential and commercial.
“Working families and small businesses cannot be expected to keep landlords and huge commercial real estate barons and banks afloat.”
When, in December 2020, Florida Senator Marco Rubio pointed out that Joe Biden’s newly appointed chief of staff insulted Republicans, Ocasio-Cortez chastised him for caring more than being called ‘f ****** b ** **’ in front of him, by one of his colleagues, Republican Representative Ted Yoho.
“Thank you @AOC,” Norton tweeted.
“The staggering scale of the hypocrisy is exhausting…doubly in one week we learn that the operational core of our government, including our nuclear/military security complex, has been brazenly attacked by Russia on an unprecedented level. GOP quiet.’
And, a few weeks before the November 2020 election, Norton tweeted: “100% correct”. @AOC also completely correct.
“We don’t have a ‘race problem’. We have a racism problem. Donald Trump is a despicable, unrepentant and dangerous racist. We must rise up to this moment in unprecedented numbers and reject this thug.
Norton has been a major Democratic donor for years.
He gave $41,400 to Barack Obama, on whom he made a documentary, and more than $58,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
His spokesman told the newspaper: “Edward has always proudly supported progressive Democratic candidates.”
In 2015, the actor told The Independent that he rejects political labels and simply fights for what he believes is right.
“For some people, socialism carries a pre-60s definition that makes some people cringe, as do words like ‘conservative,'” he said.
“I think labels are limiting and reductive and I wish more people would define themselves as progressive.
“A lot of what we see in the world, politically, is not so much a question of left and right, but more of a progressive view versus a regressive view.”