Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was hit Thursday with one other ethics grievance over her attendance at Monday night time’s Met Gala, with a second conservative watchdog group claiming she violated Home guidelines on accepting items.
The grievance from the Nationwide Authorized and Coverage Middle (NLPC) to the Workplace of Congressional Ethics alleged that Ocasio-Cortez improperly accepted tickets from a desk sponsor for herself and her boyfriend.
Home guidelines enable members to take free tickets to charity occasions immediately from occasion organizers, and The Publish reported Tuesday that AOC and boyfriend Riley Roberts had been immediately invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.
Nevertheless, the NLPC argued that “it’s the desk sponsor who’s gifting or underwriting a coveted seat to AOC on the Gala.
“And if … the desk the place AOC sat was one paid for by considered one of [the] companies attending the occasion, akin to Instagram or Fb, AOC has acquired a prohibited reward from the company that additionally lobbies Congress.”
The grievance additional alleged that the borrowed white Brother Vellies robe worn by AOC — which featured the phrases “Tax The Wealthy” scrawled on the again in purple lettering — constituted an impermissible reward as a result of it was “immediately associated to AOC’s ‘place with the Home’ as a extremely seen and controversial Member.”
“If AOC had not been a Member, she wouldn’t have been invited to the Gala,” the doc learn, “and even when she would have been invited as a personal citizen, the designer wouldn’t have made a particular costume for her to put on on the occasion.”
The NLPC additionally claimed that the second-term lawmaker “could have violated” Home guidelines by accepting “associated items earlier than, throughout, or after the occasion, together with … limousine service, the usage of the Carlyle Lodge, skilled hair and make-up providers, and every other associated providers or items.”
The Workplace of Congressional Ethics can refer complaints to the Home Ethics Committee for additional overview.
Ocasio-Cortez’s look on the Met Gala, the place particular person tickets price $35,000 and tables began at $200,000, prompted scorn and criticism from all sides of the political spectrum.
The conservative American Accountability Basis was the primary to file an ethics grievance Tuesday, with its founder Thomas Jones alleging that whereas the occasion is hosted by the Met, “the Museum has ceded management over the invites to a for-profit firm, particularly Condé Nast, and to its Chief Content material Officer, Anna Wintour.”
Jones additionally claimed that Instagram, “was capable of buy entry to Consultant Ocasio-Cortez that’s unavailable to common residents” by sponsoring a desk on the Gala.
In the meantime, Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) proposed the Larger Accountability from Lawmakers for Individuals (or GALA) Act, which might require lawmakers to reveal their participation in charity occasions the place the ticket worth exceeds $1,000.
Even the congresswoman’s little brother Gabriel was compelled to defend his sibling from left-wing critics on Instagram, at one level dismissing them as “f—king corny.”
Ocasio-Cortez herself has mentioned that her attendance on the gala was a part of her “tasks in overseeing our metropolis’s cultural establishments that serve the general public.” She has not publicly responded to both of the complaints.