Philadelphia, PA – Joseph Alcoff, an Antifa Activist charged in the attack on two Marines, apparently has some significant ties to Democrats. Fox reported that even as Democrats are now distancing themselves from Alcoff, he once was well known to figures like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Only three of the Antifa members in the Philadelphia attack on the Marines have been identified and charged: Thomas Massey, Tom Keenan, and leader Joseph Alcoff. Alcoff is charged with Aggravated Assault and ethnic intimidation.
— AFR (@RealBankReform) March 16, 2016
He was an advocate for legislation that would regulate payday lenders as the campaign manager for a liberal group called “Americans for Financial Reform.” He met with members of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2016 through 2018. House Democrats had him on their podcast. It appears they may have sought his endorsement on various policy items.
He even dressed up a “Lenny the Loan Shark” at one point… in a shark costume, although the Democrat, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) who was at that function swore he never interacted with Alcoff.
In the February 2018 press statement, House and Senate Democrats co-sponsoring the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, which boosted regulation on payday lenders, issued versions of a press release, most including the Alcoff quote.
“The Consumer Bureau and Congress have in the past understood the way that payday lenders structure loans to catch Americans in a cycle of debt with exorbitant interest rates,” Alcoff said in the press releases. “It is unfortunate that some in Washington would rather open the loan shark gates than continue to think about sensible borrower protections. The SAFE Lending Act would put Washington back on track to stop the debt trap.”
While this was all occurring, Alcoff was also part of the “Smash Racism DC” Antifa group. [Hint: nobody bothered to check]. That’s the same group that appeared at Tucker Carlson’s house and heckled Ted Cruz in a DC restaurant. The articles did not say he was actually involved in those two incidents, but he was part of the organization at the time, according to the Daily Caller.