Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under a new House ethics investigation, a statement by the House Committee on Ethics revealed on Wednesday.
The committee did not give details about the nature or subject of the investigation.
Committee Acting Chair Susan Wild (D-PA) and Ranking Member Michael Guest (R-MS) said the announcement of the investigation “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the committee.”
While the investigation is being opened now, the committee’s course of action will not be announced until 2023, when Republicans will be in charge with a narrow majority of seats.
House committee has had referral since June
The nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) referred their inquiry into Ocasio-Cortez to the House ethics panel in June.
The OCE must look into any complaints it receives, but can decide whether to dismiss the complaint or refer it to the House Ethics Committee, which is what it did in this case.
Last year, Ocasio-Cortez was the subject of an ethics complaint after appearing at the Met Gala in 2021 in a white dress splashed with a red “Tax the Rich” design.
Republicans complained that Ocasio-Cortez violated ethics rules by accepting the $30,000 gala ticket from a table sponsor, who was not named.
House ethics rules state that lawmakers can accept charity tickets directly from the event organizers, but not from a table sponsor that could be a lobbying group to the House or a donor to campaigns.
For example, Facebook was a Met Gala table sponsor, but also lobbies Congress and donates to candidates to the tune of millions of dollars each year.
Is she jealous?
Ocasio-Cortez has complained incessantly about the rich and how they should be taxed more, but it seems that she is secretly jealous of their lifestyle of galas and luxury vacations.
She has complained about paying back student loans on a congressional salary, which may not make her rich but at $174,000 is way above the average worker’s salary.
Most “rich” people–millionaires and above–didn’t get to be wealthy by doing nothing and spending all their money on fancy dresses and $30,000 gala tickets.
What AOC needs to understand is that hard work and saving money are the keys to wealth if you weren’t born into it–and that all the taxing the rich she can possibly do is not going to make her or anyone else rich.