Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was applauded by many on the left for wearing a dress bearing the message “Tax the Rich” to the Met Gala, but she’s facing a House ethics investigation over her attendance.
On Tuesday, the congressional panel confirmed that it was investigating the incident from September 12, 2021.
Two complaints were filed to the Office of Congressional Ethics against Ocasio-Cortez about her attendance, specifically over the cost of the tickets for her and her partner.
The American Accountability Foundation sent a letter to the office noting that tickets to the lavish event reportedly cost between $35,000 to $50,000.
“If Representative Occasio-Cortez has used campaign funds to pay for this ticket, she has also violated FEC prohibitions on campaign funds being used for entertainment purposes,” the group added.
Her office released a statement about the ethics probe.
“The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations or other special interests. We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”
Ocasio-Cortez faced ridicule over the bizarre juxtaposition of a dress with anti-wealth message at an exclusive and extravagant event only attended by the rich and powerful. She responded by accusing her detractors of being racist and sexist.
“I thought about the criticism I’d get, but honestly I and my body have been so heavily and relentlessly policed from all corners politically since the moment I won my election that it’s kind of become expected and normalized to me,” she wrote at the time.
“The irony is that when women in power take the prospect of criticism to be cautious in their actions, they are then criticized for being ‘inauthentic’ and ‘too calculated.’ Ultimately the haters hated and the people who are thoughtful were thoughtful,” she concluded.
The socialist politician was later mocked and ridiculed for selling T-shirts on her website with the same “Tax the Rich” message.
Here’s more about the ethics probe into Ocasio-Cortez:
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