Without prompt and indiscriminate enforcement of Congressional Rules, the American people are likely to lose faith in the ability of Congress to police its members and promote integrity at the highest levels of government.
To hold firm to that standard, The American Accountability Foundation has filed a complaint and demanded that Representative Ocasio-Cortez be held accountable for her clear violation of congressional ethics while attending this year’s Met Gala in New York City. Though claiming her attendance to the $35,000 a plate event was part of her “official duties,” there are serious questions about whether or not her ticket – donated or purchased with campaign funds – was permissible under the code of congressional ethics. A simple reading of House Rules suggests that she violated the longstanding gift rule, clause 5 of Rule XXV.
AOC took this opportunity to display a tone-deaf “tax the rich” slogan on her custom-made designer gown while rubbing elbows with wealthy Hollywood celebrities and influencers – a group not selected by the Met, but handpicked by Anna Wintour and Conde Nast. As a for-profit company, Conde Nast fails to meet any definition of a charitable organization and debunks AOC’s claim that her attendance was legitimate or subject to any exemption from the House’s gift rule.
These rules exist for a reason. Without strict adherence, we run the risk of corruption in the halls of Congress and public officials serving others over their constituents. Government has a responsibility to its citizens, and integrity and accountability should be our foremost concern.
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