A new ethics complaint has been filed against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alleging that she used campaign donations to reimburse herself for thousands of dollars in 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 AOC claims to have personally spent on resources relating to her reelection. However, the expenditures were incomplete and did not detail a purpose as required under FEC laws.
This is not the first time AOC has faced scrutiny over her campaign finances. In 2021, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) reprimanded her for likely violating “standards of conduct” and “federal law” with “impermissible gifts” relating to her attendance at the Met Gala. AOC wore a dress emblazoned with “Tax the Rich” printed on its backside, which raised eyebrows as to whether she used campaign funds to pay for her attendance.
The new ethics complaint against AOC alleges that she repeatedly violated federal campaign finance law to conceal how she spent thousands of dollars of campaign funds. The complaint states that on numerous occasions throughout 2022, AOC’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 AOC herself, American Express, and an entity called ‘Veyond!’.