With the census wrapping up their 2020 count, the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz for Congress campaign announces bringing in $59.6 million dollars to NY 14 through their census outreach efforts.
Team AOC began organizing efforts for the Census in mid- July, and ramped up the engagement in light of the Census deadline being abbreviated from its original deadline of October 31, 2020. The campaign committed a total of $1 million to Census outreach in NY-14, which included a large digital ad buy targeted in Spanish, English and Bangla to undercounted communities in NY-14. The campaign’s field team also organized grassroots efforts like phone banks, lit drops and tabling events to remind people to complete the Census. The team has also focused on reaching out to non-English speaking communities, and has built a robust team of bilingual workers and volunteers to make sure everyone is counted.
Over 3,900 people committed to fill out the Census, since the launch of Team AOC’s Census efforts. With an average household size of 2.42 people and $6,000 for every person who is counted, that amounts to over $59.6 million dollars in federal funding for our community.
NY-14 has been historically undercounted. In 2010, just 64% of households responded to the Census. Currently in NY-14, the self-response rate is 62%.
While we congratulate the Team Ocasio campaign on trying to get people to fill out the census, we have highlighted that over 3,900 people committed to fill out the census. We must say that unless that number along with the exact household size can be proven, this is not a true fact, nor a correct amount of dollars that will come to NY14.
We must also add that federal funding streams have increased, or federal funding streams have decreased in past years. We would like to know just how the Team Ocasio campaign came up with the amount $59.6 million dollars coming to NY14, when the exact number of people who actually filled out the census, and exact household size per person is not listed.
There were according to the 2010 U.S. Census report 712,053 people in NY14. According to the 2019 American Community Survey (By the U,S, Census Department estimate) 696,664 people in NY14, a drop of over 15,000 people since the 2010 U.S. census. After the Team Ocasio Census outreach that would still leave over 11,000 people less in NY14 amounting to almost triple the guestimate of the Team Ocasio claim, or a net loss of over $160 million dollars to NY14 in federal dollars.