Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against AOC After Met Gala

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The American Accountability Foundation has filed a complaint against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for allegedly accepting a bribe to attend the Met Gala.  

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing an ethics complaint filed against her for accepting a $35,000 bribe to attend the Met Gala. Thomas Jones of the American Accountability Foundation has filed the ethics complaint against Ocasio-Cortez for accepting the $35,000 bribe.   

She attended the upscale event in what appeared to look like a Chic-fil-A dress, but up close the dress read “tax the rich.” 

The complaint reads: 

The American Accountability Foundation is writing today to request that you immediately open an investigation of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) for accepting an impermissible gift to attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala (the Met Gala). If during your investigation you discover any possible violations of campaign finance law, we urge you to share that information with the Federal Elections Commission. 

Specifically, we believe Representative Ocasio-Cortez has violated clause 5 of Rule XXV of the Rules of the House of Representatives (commonly known as the Gift Rule) by accepting admission to the Met Gala, an event whose per seat costs is reported to range from $35,000 to $50,000, without having a permissible exemption to allow the acceptance of the lavish gift. If Representative Occasion-Cortez has used campaign funds to pay for this ticket, she has also violated FEC prohibitions on campaign funds being used for entertainment purposes. 

According to the House Ethics Committee, a gift is something with monetary value for which you do not have to pay, Shore News reported. Ocasio-Cortez responded to the controversary of her attending the event in a tweet where she explained that “New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening.” 

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