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Occupy Democrats Founders Used Political Donations for Personal ‘Consulting’ Business

'If you understood the time and effort that goes into making viral memes—and the impact they have—you might respect our work more...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Financial records revealed that Occupy Democrats, a highly trafficked left-wing media outlet, has been funneling over a quarter of the donations it received into a “consulting” company owned and directed by the founders of the publication.

According to The Post Millennial, founders Omar and Rafael Rivero raised $797,999 in 2022 in donations for their political action committee.

In 2020, they received $1.08 million and spent only $649,450, leaving them with more than $400,000 at the beginning of 2022.

So far in 2022, the group has spent around $1.7 million on fundraising efforts, with an additional $313,165 on media related activities.

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Records show that the group spent nothing on federal candidates, but did pay $250,000 to Blue Deal LLC, a company that “sells campaign materials and promotional products to Democratic campaigns and Progressive organizations,” according to its website.

Blue Deal was founded by Rafael Rivero and is managed by him and his brother Omar.

The information was initially posted by Twitter user Hamish Mitchell, who included screenshots of the findings and tagged Omar Rivero.

Rivero responded, claiming that the people who were coming after him did not understand or appreciate what Occupy Democrats does.

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“If you understood the time and effort that goes into making viral memes—and the impact they have—you might respect our work more,” Rivero wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

In his heated defense, Rivero also claimed that as a super-PAC, Occupy Democrats is unable to donate directly to candidates.

However, as a hybrid PAC, this is not the case, as one Twitter user pointed out.

“The guy who runs Occupy Democrats is apparently unfamiliar with his own group’s legal structure,” Axios journalist Lachlan Markay posted on Twitter. “It’s a hybrid pac, which, unlike a super pac, maintains a segregated bank account from which it can contribute directly to candidates.”

Twitter users were in an uproar about the group’s underhanded use of donated money.

It has not been reported whether legal action has been taken against Occupy Democrats.

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