A new ethics complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) accuses New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of using campaign donations to reimburse herself for thousands of dollars in alleged expenses that were never properly explained or disclosed.
The complaint, filed by the conservative Coolidge Reagan Foundation, cites $9,600 in reported credit card expenditures that the notorious “Squad” member claims to have personally spent on resources relating to her reelection, reports the Daily Caller. The expenditures were incomplete and did not detail a purpose as required under FEC laws.
The complaint states:
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.
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.
The firebrand progressive was previously reprimanded by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), which said she likely violated “standards of conduct” and “federal law” with “impermissible gifts” relating to her attendance at the 2021 Met Gala in New York. At the event, AOC grabbed international headlines for wearing an ivory wool jacket dress emblazoned with “Tax the Rich” printed on its backside. Ethics watchdogs concluded her decision to pay for the dress, lodging, and transportation to the event may not have been made were it not for the investigation.
In February, the congresswoman’s attorney wrote OCE to express her astonishment at “unacceptable” delays in providing reimbursements to her vendors and added, “We are confident the Committee on Ethics will dismiss this matter.”