- The Job Creators Network, a conservative business group, on Wednesday put up a billboard in Times Square blaming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York for Amazon’s termination of a deal to build its second headquarters there.
- Ocasio-Cortez later called that billboard “wack” and said it was funded by “billionaire-funded groups” advocating “dark money & anti-worker policies.”
- The JCN on Thursday renewed its attack by calling out Ocasio-Cortez on two more billboards, one of which says: “Hey AOC, saw your wack tweet.”
The Job Creators Network, a conservative business advocacy group, escalated its feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday by putting up new billboards in Times Square blaming her for Amazon’s cancelling its plans to build a second headquarters in New York.
Ocasio-Cortez was a vocal opponent of Amazon’s deal with New York to build a new base there, nicknamed HQ2. The tech company was set to receive about $US3 billion in tax credits from the city and the state over 10 years and said it would create 25,000 jobs at the new headquarters.
Amazon cited the resistance of local politicians in a blog post announcing the cancellation.
The JCN on Wednesday put up a billboard on 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue saying Ocasio-Cortez had caused 25,000 lost jobs and $US4 billion in lost wages because of the HQ2 termination. It said the billboard would be up for one week.
Ocasio-Cortez criticised the billboard on Thursday morning, saying on Twitter that it was “wack,” that it was funded by billionaires, and that the group advocates “dark money & anti-worker policies.”
The JCN was founded by Bernard Marcus, a billionaire who donated to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The group has received money from the Mercer Family Foundation, run by a billionaire family that has also donated to Trump’s campaign and Breitbart, the right-leaning news company.
In response to Ocasio-Cortez, the JCN on Thursday put up two new billboards, one of which says: “Hey AOC, saw your wack tweet.”
The second sign, just below the first, says: “Hey AOC, this billboard cost about $US4,000. But you cost NY 25,000 jobs and $US4,000,000,000 in annual lost wages.”
A photo of the new ads sent to Business Insider by representatives of the JCN shows they are by the New Victory Theatre, on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
It’s not clear how long the second set of billboards will be up in Times Square.
The JCN did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
The JCN also created a website, ThanksAOC.com, that links to its press release criticising Ocasio-Cortez. WhoIs.net, a website that tracks domain names, said ThanksAOC.com was created on Monday.