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The most unlikely political alliance in Washington got stranger on Friday as socialist Democratic Rep. Aleandria Ocasio-Cortez said her partnership with right-wing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz isn't just for show.
The two began working together late last month on a plan to ban federal lawmakers from recycling themselves into lobbyists after they leave Congress.
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Speaking to the liberal Young Turks program, Ocasio-Cortez said the move to throw sand in the gears of Washington's infamous revolving door is gaining momentum – but she's being cautious because of 'wiggle room' in how D.C. denizens define 'lobbyist.'
'Our legislative teams are meeting, so we're going to see how far we can push this,' she told a dumbfounded progressive interviewer.
'It - Bizarre - Ocasio-Cortez - Life - Pushes
'It's super bizarre, really weird,' Ocasio-Cortez added. 'Never thought in my life that one of my first pushes would be alongside Ted Cruz.'
The 29-year-old New York congresswoman said she's suspicious of some calls for a legislative prohibition on members who cash in for lobbying jobs as soon as they lose re-election bids.
Dark-money - Loopholes - Lobbyist - Work - Firm
'There are so many dark-money loopholes where, okay, you're not a registered lobbyist, but you can go work for a lobbying firm and consult the firm,' she explained.
'And that gets you out of actually being a registered lobbyist, but you're still essentially lobbying.'
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She said she's not yet sure whether Cruz is interested in a genuine policy change: 'Is this just about the letter of the law, or is he serious about really banning lobbying in spirit?'
The odd cross-ideological issue romance began May 30 on Twitter.
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'If you are a member of Congress + leave, you shouldn't be allowed to turn right around&leverage your service for a lobbyist check. I don't think it should be legal at ALL to become a corporate lobbyist if you've served in Congress,' Ocasio-Cortex wrote. 'At minimum there should be...
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