The House Ethics Committee is investigating New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Announced Wednesday, without disclosing the purpose of his investigation.
That said, there is, of course, some speculation on the matter, with the most prominent rumor involving the lawmaker’s presence at the 2021 Met Gala. At the time, Ocasio-Cortez instantly ruffled feathers in her designer “Tax the Rich,” a (somewhat ironic) message that Republicans instantly seized on. But two ethics complaints later followed, alleging the lawmaker violated the House gift rule by accepting what could have been free tickets to the gala and/or by wearing the designer dress. Furthermore, if Ocasio-Cortez “used campaign funds to pay for this ticket, he also violated the FEC’s prohibitions on the use of campaign funds for entertainment purposes,” said Thomas Jones, founder of the conservative American Accountability Foundation, added in his complaint.
The disclosure of the investigation “does not in itself indicate that a violation has occurred or reflect any judgment,” the committee said in its announcement, noting that the referral was made in June and that it plans to share the findings of its investigation sometime next year. next year.
Ocasio-Cortez maintains that she has “always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations or other special interests,” a spokesperson said. “We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”
Politifact previously reported that Ocasio-Cortez did not pay for her ticket to the gala (she was invited), nor did she keep the dress; she borrowed it. Designers and corporate sponsors often cover the cost of gala admission, and New York City elected officials are invited “as non-paying ‘museum guests’ to attend,” he said. The New York Times.