Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez allegedly hid thousands of dollars in campaign spending.
She now faces charges for blatantly breaking the rules.
And this exposed ethics complaint reveals just how bad things really are for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been accused of concealing thousands of dollars in campaign spending according to an FEC ethics complaint.
The complaint, filed by Dan Backer on behalf of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, allegedly found more than $9,600 in unaccounted credit card charges by the AOC campaign.
“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,” the complaint states.
“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.”
This isn’t the only financial scandal Ocasio-Cortez is facing.
The Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) says she likely violated “standards of conduct” and even “federal law” due to “impermissible gifts.”
The OCE Board voted unanimously in June of last year to recommend further investigation into Ocasio-Cortez after receiving free tickets to attend the 2021 Met Gala and showed up in a ballgown with the words “Tax the Rich” painted in bright red down her dress.
“The Committee notes that the mere fact of conducting further review of a referral, and any mandatory disclosure of such further review, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,” the House Committee on Ethics leaders said.
In response to the committee, an attorney for Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “While regrettable, this matter definitively does not rise to the level of a violation of House Rules or of federal law.”
We will keep you updated on how this all plays out for Ocasio-Cortez.
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