New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee, a statement from the Ethics Committee released on Wednesday said.
“The Acting Chairwoman and Acting Ranking Member of the Committee (Democrat Susan Wild (D) and Michael Guest (R) respectively) on Ethics have jointly decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on June 23, 2022,” the letter said.
The letter notes that”fact of a referral or an extension and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee.”
“The Committee will announce its course of action in this matter following its organizational meeting and adoption of Committee Rules in the 118th Congress,” the letter concludes.
No reason has been made public as to why the Bronx politician is under investigation, though she has faced complaints in the past. Complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics were filed in 2019 over allegations that she illegally funneled cash through a PAC to her boyfriend, according to the Washington Examiner.
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“This Complaint alleges Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez improperly converted U.S. House resources to her non-official, personal use by obtaining an official ‘@mail.house.gov’ e-mail address for her boyfriend, despite the fact he was not employed by her congressional office,” the complaint said. “Moreover, it appears she obtained the e-mail address for him by falsely designating him a ‘staff’ member.”
AOC was also served a complaint after being given free tickets to the Met Gala in September of 2021.
Thomas Jones of The American Accountability Foundation’s wrote in an ethics complaint that House rules were broken by accepting “an impermissible gift”
“[W]hile the individual’s invitations may bear the name of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum has ceded control over the invitations to a for-profit company, specifically Condé Nast, and to its Chief Content Officer, Anna Wintour,” Jones wrote, according to the New York Post.
“The New York Times outlines that the Met does not have control over who is invited to the event, but rather the for-profit company, is in control of who gets invited,” he wrote.