Ocasio-Cortez ‘Hired Top Hollywood Talent Agency’ To Get Book Deal, But Project Fell Through
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist who has become the darling of the mainstream media, reportedly hired one of the top Hollywood talent agencies in an effort to get a book deal, but the effort fell though for unknown reasons.
“Multiple publishing industry sources told The Daily Beast that the freshman Democrat retained the talent agency CAA [Creative Artists Agency] and took meetings earlier this year about writing a potential book. The project, one industry source said, was ultimately pulled, but for reasons that remain mysterious,” the Beast wrote.
It’s unclear if the book project is functionally dead and if the congresswoman still works with CAA. The agency would neither confirm nor deny that it had recently been working with Ocasio-Cortez. Corbin Trent, communications director for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) declined to address the story directly, saying it fell beyond matters of congressional work.
“I can’t help you with it,” Trent said. Asked if he was confirming, denying or offering no comment, Trent said “I’ve said everything that I’m going to say about that.”
Members of the House are prohibited from accepting book advances, so it’s unclear how the payment would work should the deal be revived. At least two others House lawmakers have book deals, the Beast reports. “Sources told The Daily Beast that Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) also sold a book late last year after he won election and was mocked by Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson for the eye patch he wears following a combat-related injury. Crenshaw’s office did not return a request for comment. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also announced earlier this year she has a book deal.”
Both Omar and Crenshaw “inked deals before officially joining [C]ongress, likely avoiding the rule limiting advance payments.”
Ocasio-Cortez also wouldn’t be the only active socialist in Congress to be cashing in. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, has spent much of his career ripping “The One Percent,” those at the top of the income pyramid in the U.S. But it turns out he’s a millionaire, too.
“I wrote a best-selling book,” Sanders said this week after releasing his tax returns. He wrote “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In” after he lost to Hillary Clinton in in the 2016 Democratic primaries. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
Vermont magazine “Seven Days” reported in 2016 that Sanders and his wife bought a four-bedroom house on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont — with 500 feet of lake frontage — for about $600,000. The Sanders own at least three houses, with another in Burlington, Vermont, and one on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Ocasio-Cortez also recently moved into a luxury Washington D.C. apartment building with an infinity pool and a nearby Whole Foods, the Washington Examiner reported in February
But Ocasio-Cortez’s new building — built by leading D.C. developer WC Smith — is part of a luxury complex whose owners specifically do not offer affordable units under Washington, D.C.’s Affordable Dwelling Units program.
Oh, those socialists.