Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got more than she bargained for when she set out to make a splash wearing a “Tax the Rich” message written on her $10,000 dress to the Met Gala this week. The congresswoman, who attended with her boyfriend, now faces an ethics complaint.
The American Accountability Foundation filed the complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics requesting an investigation after questions arose as to how she acquired the two $35,000 gala tickets.
CharlieKirk.com reported Monday night, shortly after the Gala, that politicians are not allowed to accept gifts of that nature. Either she broke ethics rules or she ironically paid at least $30,000 to hang out with rich people in order to alert them they should be taxed more.
BizPacReview.com writes, “According to reports, Ocasio-Cortez said she was personally invited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, the Daily Mail reported that the lawmaker was not given comp tickets by Conde Nast, which owns Vogue.”
Founder for the American Accountability Foundation Thomas Jones states in the ethics complaint that he believes AOC broke House rules by accepting “an impermissible gift” of free tickets to attend the annual gala.
In response to the negative press, Ocasio-Cortez maintained that her dress, rumored to cost $10,000, was simply “borrowed.” The rest of her response was equally ridiculous.
On Instagram she wrote, “and yes, BEFORE anybody starts wilding out – NYC elected officials are regularly invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing our city’s cultural institutions that serve the public. I was one of several in attendance. Dress is borrowed…”
She was simply on the job, attending “responsibilities” which is exactly the excuse Mayor Bill de Blasio gave as well. “The mayor made the decision to attend months ago in one of his hours long economic recovery war room meetings led by Lorraine Grillo” stated the mayor’s spokesman.
It sounds like hobnobbing with wealthy celebrities at the Met gala was an awful lot of work for these two Democrats. Hopefully the dress was returned without any party stains.