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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's latest tweet is yet another example of how money influences politics. This time she focused on how lobbyists pay people, including those experiencing homelessness, to hold their place in line outside committee hearings at the U.S. Capitol. 

As she explains in her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez was leaving a hearing on homelessness when she saw people "camped" outside the committee. She wondered if it was a demonstration. Her staff explained that lobbyists pay people to stand in line. 

As the congresswoman noted, "the first few people in line are guaranteed a seat in a given hearing." Ocasio-Cortez described her reaction upon learning about this little-discussed practice as "shock doesn't begin to cover it."  Read more...

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