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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the “wack billboard” in Times Square that was paid for by a conservative group to criticize her part in Amazon’s decision to ditch a plan to build a second headquarters in Queens. “Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers),” Ocasio-Cortez wrote to her 3.2 million followers on Twitter late Wednesday. “(PS fact that it’s in Times Sq tells you this isn’t for/by NYers.)” The billboard was funded by the Job Creators Network, which counts among its supporters the Mercer Family Foundation, an organization run by billionaire Republican donor Rebekah Mercer. “25,000 lost NYC jobs, $4 billion in lost wages, $12 billion in lost economic activity for NY. Thanks for nothing, AOC!,” the billboard at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue says. In another tweet, she mocked the group responsible for the billboard by comparing it to comments made by Steve Carell’s character on the television show “The Office” during a trip to the Big Apple. “Billionaires paying to put up anti-progressive propaganda in Times Square is like the obscenely rich version of the scene where Michael Scott points to the Bubba Gump and saying ‘This is it, this is the heart of civilization, right here,'” she wrote. She linked to the episode of the show in a later tweet, posting “had to.” Amazon suddenly announced last week that it was pulling out of the deal brokered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, saying in a statement that “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us.” Ocasio-Cortez lauded the decision in a tweet. “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she said. Get the latest news on celebrity scandals, engagements, and divorces! Check out our breaking stories on Hollywood's hottest stars!