Did AOC receive an “impermissible gift” to attend the lavish Met Gala in New York City?
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez showed up at the highly exclusive event alongside many rich and famous celebrity elites.
The outspoken socialist faced major criticism over her wardrobe decision. She hypocritically wore a designer dress that stated, “Tax The Rich.”
Dresses are sometimes provided to the stars as gifts while individual tickets to the event reportedly cost $30,000. Tables at the event start at $275,000.
Members of Congress must follow strict laws regarding campaign finance and receiving gifts.
Now it appears AOC could be in serious trouble if she violated any laws.
A complaint was filed at the Office of Congressional Ethics to “immediately open an investigation.”
The investigation should determine whether Ocasio-Cortez accepted an “impermissible gift” to attend the gala.
It will also investigate whether she violated any campaign finance laws.
The complaint was filed by the American Accountability Foundation (AAF), which is a conservative watchdog group.
Although Ocasio-Cortez described her attendance at the Met Gala as part of her official duties, the “receipt of the gift” must fall under either the widely attended event or charity event exemptions as defined by the House rules.
However, the event was not widely attended. The exclusive invitations are overseen by a for-profit company called Conde Nast.
The complaint argues that AOC’s invite fails on both exemptions and she should be held accountable.
Here’s a look at the dress:
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Here are some of the reactions via Daily Wire:
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “What makes @AOC a bigger fraud: The “tax the rich” dress while she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country?”
Ej Dickson, senior writer at Rolling Stone, tweeted: “Am I the only one who thinks this is really f***ing stupid[?] 1) The dress is ugly, 2) She’s at a $35k per person event and this isn’t nearly the own she thinks it is. 3) The dress is ugly. I mean I love her but come on this is so dumb. Peak girl boss s**t.”
Glenn Greenwald, a progressive blogger, tweeted: “Lots of people commenting snidely on the lack of masks and social distancing in this opulent indoor event in the middle of a pandemic but — as was true of Obama’s indoor bash — COVID wasn’t invited to the #MetGala and these are the sophisticated people who aren’t in danger.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) tweeted: “I’m not even mad at the lack of self awareness or hypocrisy anymore. At this point it’s just hilarious. These people are a giant joke.”
Stephen Taylor, political commentator, tweeted: “This is such a political miscalculation. It’s quite amazing to be watching it in realtime.”
Jacques, political commentator, tweeted: “I thought maybe the progressives were being too harsh on AOC lately but nope, they were right lmao.”
Lisa Boothe, Fox News commentator, tweeted: “Outside of AOC being tone deaf and a complete hypocrite, the dress is ugly.”
Scott Lincicome, Cato Institute, tweeted: “Really looking forward to the Versace guillotine sponsored by Boeing.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted: “Cost per Ticket: $30,000. Virtue signaling to your base while partying—without a mask—with the people you claim to hate: Priceless.”