Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is under fire for possible new ethics violations after she listed her fiancé Riley Roberts as "spouse" on at least four disclosure forms filed with the House Ethics Committee despite her office saying the two are not married.
The disclosure forms relate to foreign travel in 2022 and 2023. Spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez Lauren Hitt told the Washington Free Beacon, "They are not legally married. House Ethics has commonly recognized the term spouse to extend to long-term partners."
Ocasio-Cortez announced her engagement to Roberts in May 2022, but no wedding has been reported since she said the two were going to take some time to enjoy the engagement before planning a wedding.
Contrary to Hitt's comments, the House Ethics Committee strictly defines "someone to whom you are legally married," the Washington Examiner reported.
If Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts were married, she would be required to report his income on disclosures, which she has not apparently done.
"There is no exception to this rule," executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust Kendra Arnold told the Beacon.
Ethical violations could result in fines of up to $50,000 and in extreme cases, of which this is probably not one, up to five years in prison.
Roberts apparently tagged along with Ocasio-Cortez on trips to Japan, South Korea, and South America on his own dime, the Examiner said.
Ocasio-Cortez is already being investigated over whether she accepted Met Gala tickets and a gown as gifts in 2021, which is against ethical rules for members of Congress to do.
She claims she paid back those who provided the tickets and dress, but records indicating such have not yet surfaced.
Even so, Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly questioned the ethics of other lawmakers and officials, such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and even former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
She called for Thomas's impeachment after it was revealed that he accepted foreign trips and other gifts from real estate mogul Harlan Crow, despite reports that Thomas asked other justices whether he should report the gifts and was told no.
The congresswoman also participated in a bipartisan bill's introduction that would stop members of Congress from trading stocks after several members were suspected of doing or shown to have done so.
Maybe she should worry about her own ethics instead of pointing the finger at everyone else.