AOC, who loves to say no one is above the law really believes she is above the law after the third ethics complaint has been filed against her this year. In fact, this complaint against her is close to what Trump has been charged with which is concealing payments. The only difference is if Trump paid with his own money, there is no crime, but AOC using campaign funds is not. AOC is accused of spending nearly ten thousand dollars without an explanation of where that money went.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint cites more than $9,600 in reported campaign credit card expenditures with no explanation of what the money was spent on. Dan Backer has filed the ethics complaint on behalf of the Coolidge Reagan Foundation, a nonprofit organization that’s levied similar complaints.
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.”
AOC has also found herself in hot water over the Met Gala, wher3e4 she accepted tickets worth $70,000 for herself and her boyfriend and did not pay her dressmaker or the hotel she was staying at for the event. She still owes back taxes to New York State.
“While regrettable, this matter definitively does not rise to the level of a violation of House Rules or of federal law,” an attorney for Ocasio-Cortez wrote to the House Ethics Committee.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Usually, it is three strikes and you are out, But AOC is a Democrat, so the rules do not apply.