Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton has been revealed as one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s biggest donors, giving more than $13,000 to the New York Democrat since 2020.
Norton, 53, has lived in New York with his Canadian film producer wife and their two children since the early 1990s, and is well known for his support of progressive causes.
On Saturday, it emerged he had made six donations to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaigns since 2020.
The New York Post said he was among its top individual donors for the first quarter of 2023.
Edward Norton, 53, is one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s biggest donors
The New York MP, pictured at the 2021 Met Gala, was elected in 2018
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.
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.”
Norton is a longtime Democratic donor and has an interest in progressive causes
Norton is seen with his wife Shauna Robertson, a Canadian film producer
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.
Ocasio-Cortez promotes the Green New Deal on April 20
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 he rejected political labels and just fought for what he believed was 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.”