The billboard, at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, reads “25,000 lost NYC jobs, $4 billion in lost wages, $12 billion in lost economic activity for NY. Thanks for nothing, AOC!” The epic message was funded by the Job Creators Network, a group tied to Republican billionaire donor Rebekah Mercer.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the billboard, calling it “wack.”
Taking to Twitter, the congresswoman wrote, “Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers).”
On February 14, Amazon announced it would no longer build its headquarters in New York City, citing opposition from state and local politicians.
The statement reads:
“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”
After the announcement, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”