On Wednesday, a conservative watchdog group filed an ethics complaint against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, claiming she violated congressional rules by attending the expensive event.
“There are serious questions as to whether his ticket – given or purchased with campaign funds – was authorized under Congress’ code of ethics,” the American Accountability Foundation said in a statement. “
“These rules exist for a reason. Without strict compliance, we run the risk of corruption in the halls of Congress and of officials serving their constituents. Government has a responsibility to its citizens, and integrity and accountability should be our main concern. “
The New York Democrat wore a floor-length white dress with “Tax the Rich” emblazoned in red on the back of the dress, designed by Aurora James.
“When Aurora and I were first partners, we really started having a conversation about what it means to be working class women of color at the Met, and we said, ‘We can’t just play the game, but we have to break the fourth wall and challenge some institutions, ”Ocasio-Cortez said in a red carpet interview with James.
Ocasio-Cortez, however, was quickly criticized on social networks for attending the social event with a luxury designer. The event hosts Hollywood celebrities and influencers every year, and tickets to the event have reportedly cost $ 35,000, while tables, which are typically sponsored by businesses, range between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000.
The American Accountability Foundation says her presence should be viewed as an illegal giveaway since attendees were handpicked by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and the magazine’s company, Conde Nast, and therefore not as a giveaway. ‘a charity. However, proceeds from the event generally support the Met’s Costume Institute. In 2019, the gala raised $ 15 million, according to the New York Times, for example.
In a statement, Ocasio-Cortez’s office said he did not break the rules.
“We are confident that we have followed all ethical rules,” said his office.