Democratic congresswoman from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing an ethics complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over allegations that she used campaign money to compensate herself for expenses that were not properly disclosed or explained.
According to the reports by Daily Caller, the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a conservative group, has filed a complaint regarding the reported credit card expenditures of a member of the “Squad” who allegedly claimed to have personally spent $9,600 on resources related to her reelection.
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The expenses she listed have been found to be incomplete and lacking in detail regarding its purpose, which is required under FEC laws.
The complaint states:
This Complaint arises from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s repeated, blatant violations of federal campaign finance law to conceal how she spent thousands of dollars of campaign funds. On numerous occasions throughout 2022, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s authorized candidate committee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress (‘AOC for Congress’), reported tens of thousands of dollars of disbursements for card payments and card payment reimbursements to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez herself; American Express; and an entity called ‘Veyond!,’ which appears to have provided virtual reality services and apparently no longer operates under that name.
In each case, the reports do not fully disclose the purposes of each payment for which the charge card was used; the sum of the specific Memo Item entries is consistently hundreds or even thousands of dollars less than the total amount paid to the recipient. Although campaigns are permitted to use charge cards (or reimburse candidates for use of their personal charge cards) for otherwise permissible campaign-related expense, their disclosure reports must accurately identify both the recipient of those funds, as well as each of the campaign-related goods and services those charge cards were used to purchase.
The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) earlier censured the fiery leftist, stating that she had probably broken “standards of conduct” and “federal law” by accepting “impermissible gifts” in connection with her presence at the 2021 Met Gala in New York.
At the event, AOC caught the attention of international headlines for wearing an ivory wool jacket dress embellished with “Tax the Rich” printed on its backside.
Ethics watchdogs came to the conclusion that if the probe had not taken place, she might not have decided to pay for the clothing, accommodation, and travel to the event.