Times Square Billboard Blasts Ocasio-Cortez Over Amazon Deal: ‘THANKS FOR NOTHING!’


Anyone within an eye shot of Time Square will know that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is being partially blamed for Amazon’s pullout of its planned headquarters in the city’s borough of Queens.

A new billboard saying “Thanks for nothing, AOC!”, funded by the Job Creators Network debuted the billboard which called out Ocasio-Cortez for her role in Amazon’s canceled plans for the new headquarters, known as HQ2.

Fox Business reports:

The billboard — which will be located on 42nd street near 8th Avenue for one week beginning on Wednesday — is headlined “Amazon Pullout, Thanks for Nothing, AOC.”

“The Amazon pullout is a perfect example of what we’ve been saying: socialism takes and capitalism creates,” Alfredo Ortiz, JCN president and CEO said in a release on Wednesday.

“The economic consequences of the HQ2 termination gives America a small taste of the harm that is to come if Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-business canon comes to fruition and is made federal policy.”

Last week, Amazon announced it pulled out of its plan to build a second headquarters in Long Island City following a flood of opposition from city and state officials, including Ocasio-Cortez, who heavily criticized the e-commerce giant for taking massive tax breaks from the state worth an estimated $1.525 billion despite being a “billion-dollar company.”

Other incentives for the company included a refundable tax credit worth as much as $1.2 billion over 10 years for the salaries it was to pay workers and a $325 million cash grant from Empire State Development (the state’s economic development arm) based on the square footage of buildings it occupies over the next 10 years.

Following the news, Ocasio-Cortez immediately tweeted celebrating Amazon’s departure.

In a statement last week, Amazon specifically referenced the lack of support from state officials as one of the reasons it abandoned the project.

“While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” Amazon said in the statement.

The Jobs Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization founded by entrepreneurs like The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus “who believe that many government policies are getting in the way of the economic freedom that helped make this country properous,” its website said.

The Daily Caller reports:

Forbes addressed the ways the failed deal could ultimately hurt New Yorkers in an article published late last week.

According to that article, even the “first order” effects of the deal’s failure could prove devastating to New York.

From a purely economic point of view, Amazon was expected to generate $27.5 billion in tax revenue over a 25-year period, 9x the $3 billion government incentives offered. Anyone arguing that $3 billion was an overly excessive offer accidentally chased out $24.5 billion from the city. And that is just the first-order effect.

Ocasio-Cortez has long insisted that the opposition to the move was entirely community-based.

Yeah I’m laughing @ this.

Amazon was not coming to my Congressional district, had no concentrated outreach to us that I’m aware of, yet w/ no effort I defeated the richest man in the world?

Doesn’t add up. Story that’s not being told: the local community organized to reject it.

And while there were a number of protests that popped up in opposition to the deal — particularly over Amazon’s refusal to unionize the proposed new campus — there was also a fair amount of support for it. Citizens polled by Qunnipiac were in favor of the deal as recently as Dec. 5 of last year:

New York City voters approve 57 – 26 percent, including 60 – 26 percent among Queens voters, of Amazon locating one of its new headquarters in Long Island City in Queens.

And Amazon made no mention of community disapproval when explaining why the deal was being terminated. Instead, executives pointed the finger at local and state elected officials who were less than “cooperative”:

For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also took issue with Ocasio-Cortez, claiming Sunday during a segment of “Meet the Press” that she didn’t understand how the deal was supposed to work, and her lack of understanding coupled with her vocal activism had cost New York a great opportunity.