Congressional candidate and former stripper Alexandra Hunt joins OnlyFans to boost hopes against Dwight Evans
A 29-year-old congressional candidate Alexandra Hunt, who is running to represent Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional District, has joined OnlyFans. Hunt calls herself a progressive and hopes to topple Pennsylvania Representative Dwight Evans in the Democratic primary on May 17, 2022.
OnlyFans — an online platform that allows creators to earn money while sharing their content online — is mostly synonymous with nudity and adult content. So, what is Hunt doing there, who recently demanded President Joe Biden to call off federal student loan debt and asked for corporate involvement in politics to be shortened? She told Business Insider: “I get attacked day in and day out, and I think I've grown a little bit numb to it. But I really don't like to see other people attacked, especially other sex workers, because I know how hard it is for them.”
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Hunt went on to explain: “When someone said to me something like 'I can't wait for you to lose your race so that you make an OnlyFans,' I was like, no way that this is gonna be a loser thing,” before adding: “I can win and have an OnlyFans. I can be a candidate and have an OnlyFans. And so I made one.”
As per reports, over 3,600 people have given money to subscribe to Hunt’s OnlyFans page while reportedly helping her raise more than $33,000. “This is like nothing we've seen before, but new things tend to create new streams of fundraising. They tend to change how we think about fundraising and where we see the audience that we can raise money from,” Eileen Pollet, the founder of the digital consulting firm Ravena Strategies, said as she added: “This kind of innovation is good, even if it doesn't work the first time around.”
Ioana Literat, an associate professor of communications at Teachers College at Columbia University, also commented on Hunt’s decision to join OnlyFans. She stated: “As far as I know, there isn't research on these newer platforms and how success on these newer platforms translates to political success, but it's definitely very helpful in terms of branding and that's something that Alexandra seems to be really good at.”
However, Hunt has said that her OnlyFans can't be called a campaign account as it “did not provide the necessary tools to report subscribers as donors in line with FEC guidelines,” as reported by Insider. She noted, “What rich people do all the time — who run for office or hold office — is they self-fund their campaign. While I am not a rich person, OnlyFans could decide to make me a rich person, and I could therefore self-fund my campaign.”
OnlyFans has shown its support to Hunt in an Instagram post as well as on Twitter. The website shared a clip of her on both the platforms while writing, “Alexandra Hunt is the first political candidate to use OnlyFans to fund her 100% grassroots, people-powered campaign, and we couldn't be happier about it. Who said politics isn't sexy? 🗳 Leave her a tip, and join her movement on OnlyFans. ‘No shame in the OnlyFans game’ - @AlexandraHuntForCongress, PA-03 candidate. 🦅 #PA3 #Pennsylvania.”
Alexandra Hunt of #PA03 is the first political candidate to use OnlyFans to fund her 100% grassroots, people-powered campaign, and we couldn't be happier about it.— OnlyFans (@OnlyFans) April 25, 2022
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However, it’s not just OnlyFans, Hunt is quite popular on other social media platforms too, where she gets more personal with her followers as well as future voters. She has claimed herself to be a sexual assault and domestic violence survivor, and also shared about her abortion. In a December 1, 2021 tweet, she wrote: “Abortion is healthcare. Abortion is economic justice. Having an abortion enabled me to progress in my career, cut ties in an abusive relationship, and get to a place of economic security so I can properly care for my future children when I’m ready to become a mother.”
Abortion is healthcare. Abortion is economic justice. Having an abortion enabled me to progress in my career, cut ties in an abusive relationship, and get to a place of economic security so I can properly care for my future children when I’m ready to become a mother.— Alexandra M. Hunt (@ahunt4congress) December 1, 2021
Speaking of her frankness on social media platforms, the graduate from the University of Richmond in Virginia told Insider: “What I have learned in becoming a survivor is that bad things happen in the shadows. And when people are reduced to living in the shadows, more harm is perpetuated in those shadows. And when you bring it forward, when you bring it into the light, even though it's hard.”