AOC’s campaign paid at least $4,636 at Tullis Worldwide Protection for "security services" between January and June of this year, according to the filings.
The Franconia, Virginia-based business is held by Devin Tullis, whose other clients combine the royal families of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to his website.
AOC, a New York Democrat, has been with the most outspoken advocates of defunding the police movement since proceeding to Congress and has maintained the idea would turn blighted communities into suburban paradises.
"[Suburban] communities have lower crime rates not because they have more police but because they have more resources to support a healthy society in a way that reduces crime," she said in a June 2020 Instagram story.
When New York City shifted to cut a billion dollars from the NYPD, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the bill as insufficient. "Defunding police means defunding police," the congresswoman said in a statement at the time.
In addition to Blackwater, Tullis also worked as a bail enforcement officer, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He declined to get into the details of his deal with the congresswoman but said he often hired former military and law enforcement for protection jobs with VIPs — noting the gig wasn’t for the faint of heart.
"We’re not hiring social workers," he laughed.
Blackwater, which is now known as Academi, was a private military company founded by Erik Prince, a billionaire, and former Navy Seal. The company gained notoriety in the United States for furnishing some of the stricter military contractors during the Iraq War.
In September 2007, Blackwater agents took part in the Nisour Square massacre, which left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. Four agents were later convicted in 2014 on various counts of murder, manslaughter and weapons charges. They were all acquitted by President Trump in December 2020.
"Out of one corner of her mouth she is attacking the police and out of the other she is hiring cops who have gone private to protect her. So AOC, which is it?" veteran Democratic strategist Jon Reinish told The Post.
Tullis said his Blackwater days were during the early 2000s, at the beginning of his work. He said the employment didn’t last long and he was only involved in domestic security details for the organization.
"Everyone says Blackwater and they think guys are running and gunning and killing overseas, but that’s just not the true story," Tullis said, calling his own work in those days. "common everyday security stuff."