Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, now faces an ethics complaint after accepting a $ 35,000 ticket to attend the 2021 Met Gala, a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held on Monday.
Thomas Jones, founder of the American Accountability Foundation, wrote in an ethics complaint that he believes the congresswoman, who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, broke House rules by accepting “a gift inadmissible “.
“[W]Although the individual’s invitations may bear the name of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum has ceded control of the invitations to a for-profit company, in particular Condé Nast, and its content manager, Anna Wintour, ”said Jones writes.
He wrote that “the New York Times points out that the Met does not have control over who is invited to the event, but rather that the for-profit company controls who is invited.
Ocasio-Cortez wore a $ 10,000 dress by New York designer Aurora Jones. The white dress had the words in red, Tax the Rich.
The New York Post progress report:
While House rules allow members to accept free tickets to charity events directly from event planners, Jones argues that the Met Gala does not count because the guest list is run by a private company, media giant Condé Nast.
Jones, a former aide to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Also claimed that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, “was able to purchase access to Representative Ocasio-Cortez which is not available to average citizens “by sponsoring a table at the Gala.
The Congressional Ethics Office may refer complaints to the House Ethics Committee for further consideration.
Ocasio-Cortez defended his presence.
She wrote on Instagram:
Proud to work with [James,] a black immigrant designer focused on sustainability who went from her dream to [company] in a flea market in Brooklyn to win [a Council of Fashion Designers of America award] against all odds – and then work together to open the doors to the Met.
“The home ethics information available online indicates that members of Congress can borrow works of art – in this case the dress – provided there is a written agreement with the owner specifying that it is not a gift and that it will be returned, “he added. To post reported. “For freebies, House members can only accept $ 100 worth of items per year from a specific source.”
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