Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the middle of yet another scandal.
This one could cost her everything.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is trying to rise up the ranks of the Democrat Party.
She was hit with some devastating news by the U.S. House that could derail her political career.
The bipartisan House Committee on Ethics is launching an investigation into Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, according to a press release from the panel.
The reason for the investigation wasn’t released, even though the matter was transmitted to the panel on June 23, and they announced that the investigation will be extended into 2023.
“The Committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred, or reflect any judgment on behalf of the Committee,” the panel said in a press release.
The eight-member panel will decide Ocasio-Cortez’s fate sometime next year.
As expected, a statement from her Congressional office denied any wrongdoing.
“The Congresswoman has always taken ethics incredibly seriously, refusing any donations from lobbyists, corporations, or other special interests,” the statement read. “We are confident that this matter will be dismissed.”
Last year, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had two ethics complaints filed against for attending the ultra-exclusive, celebrity-filled Met Gala in New York City.
She drew headlines for wearing a designer dress to the event that said “Tax the Rich.”
Ocasio-Cortez received complimentary tickets to the Met Gala that are normally valued at $35,000, and she claimed to have “borrowed” the designer dress she wore to the event.
Members of Congress have strict rules about the types of gifts they’re allowed to receive.
Lawmakers are allowed to take free tickets to charity events directly given to them by event organizers.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was invited by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, but conservative watchdog groups claim there’s a catch.
Invitations to the Met Gala are controlled by media company Conde Nast, and corporations sponsor tables at the event.
The American Accountability Foundation filed an ethics complaint against the New York Congresswoman because Instagram “was able to purchase access to Representative Ocasio-Cortez that is unavailable to average citizens” by sponsoring a table.
A second complaint was filed by the National Legal and Policy Center over Ocasio-Cortez’s designer “Tax the Rich” dress.
They alleged that the dress was an impermissible gift because it was “directly related to AOC’s ‘position with the House’ as a highly visible and controversial Member.”
“If AOC had not been a Member, she would not have been invited to the Gala,” the complaint read, “and even if she would have been invited as a private citizen, the designer would not have made a special dress for her to wear at the event.”
It’s not clear if the current ethics complaint is tied to the Met Gala.
An ethics investigation is a major headache for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she tries to advance her political career.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.