Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was slapped with an ethics complaint by a conservative watchdog group for accepting tickets to appear at the Met Gala.
The American Accountability Foundation – which describes itself as a conservative, non-partisan research organization intending to hold public officials to account – filed the lawsuit Tuesday, accusing Ms Ocasio-Cortez of an ethics violation.
The watchdog group also asked the Congressional Ethics Office to launch an investigation into his appearance at Monday’s glitzy event.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, informally known as AOC, wore a white dress for the event with the text “Tax the rich” in red. The look went viral, but also drew some criticism.
She was questioned in part for her own participation in the event, which costs $ 35,000 (£ 25,000) per ticket.
In a letter written to the Congressional Ethics Committee, the group’s founder, Thomas Jones, said Ms Ocasio-Cortez “violated” the rule known as the giveaway rule, by accepting free tickets to the gala. extravagant annual “without having an authorized exemption to allow acceptance of the lavish gift”.
“We have filed a formal complaint against AOC for his gross ethics violations at the NYC Met Gala. Her $ 35,000 bill and bespoke designer dress do not meet any definition of “official duty,” and warrant further investigation into her presence, “the group wrote on Twitter.
While representatives are permitted to attend charitable events under House rules, Mr. Jones argued in his letter that “the AOC invitation fails on both” exemptions.
“Without prompt investigation and enforcement of the rules of Congress, the American people risk losing confidence in the ability of Congress to control its members,” the letter said.
The congressman, who hit back at her critics for the discussions around her dress and her messages, wrote in a tweet: responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of the many present at this evening.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez also took to Instagram to respond to criticism about her appearance at the event. “I thought about the criticisms I would receive, but honestly my body and I have been so heavily and relentlessly controlled politically from all sides since the moment I won my election that it sort of became expected. and normalized for me, ”she said in response to a question on her Instagram story.
The Socialist MP attended the event as a “guest of the museum”, according to a statement by a spokesperson for the event.
She wasn’t the only public representative there. Carolyn Maloney, her fellow Democratic Representative from New York, was also present at the event.
The Independent Gt