On this week’s episode of Lever Time Premium, our extended weekly podcast for paying subscribers, progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reveals what it’s like trying to function in Washington amid the power and pressure of massive corporate spending.

As AOC notes: “It really feels like going to another planet with different social rules. Let’s say you get elected speaker. You don’t get there without raising an ungodly amount of money, because you are not just raising money for yourself, you are raising money for an entire political party that constitutes hundreds of people. The whole society is structured around it… And if you do not participate in this, you will be stonewalled. And you will be cast out from society.”

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