New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been hit with a second ethics complaint after attending the exclusive Met Gala earlier this week. The conservative watchdog group, National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed the complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics alleging AOC improperly accepted the tickets for herself and her boyfriend.
Fox News reports:
House rules allow members to take free tickets to charity events directly from event organizers, and The Post reported Tuesday that AOC and boyfriend Riley Roberts were directly invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
However, the NLPC argued that “it is the table sponsor who is gifting or underwriting a coveted seat to AOC at the Gala.
“And if … the table where AOC sat was one paid for by one of [the] corporations attending the event, such as Instagram or Facebook, AOC has received a prohibited gift from the corporation that also lobbies Congress.”
The complaint further alleged that the borrowed white Brother Vellies gown worn by AOC — which featured the words “Tax The Rich” scrawled on the back in red lettering — constituted an impermissible gift because it was “directly related to AOC’s ‘position with the House’ as a highly visible and controversial Member.”
Earlier this week, the conservative American Accountability Foundation also filed an ethics complaint regarding AOC’s attendance at the Met Gala. AOC has argued that her attendance is part of her “responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public.”