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Scoop: Ethics Group To File House Complaint On Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter Use

A Washington, D.C.-based ethics group is claiming that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media usage violates House ethics rules against using taxpayer resources for political purposes.

Ocasio-Cortez’s political Instagram account contains direct links to her House Instagram account and includes a link for political contributions, alongside posts of official video footage on the House floor, according to a complaint Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) plans to file Thursday with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The group claims these actions violate House ethics rules.

“In a way, it’s a straight forward complaint,” Kendra Arnold, executive director of FACT, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Broadly speaking, the rules clearly define that politics and government works cannot overlap. There are reasons for that: mostly because we don’t want our taxpayer dollars going toward campaigns.” FACT is a nonprofit group whose past president was Matthew Whitaker, an attorney who served as President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general in 2018 and 2019.

“One is influencing the other,” Arnold said, referring to what she believes is the New York Democrat’s penchant for using Twitter as a form of cross promotion. “Once we elect … you cannot use whatever the government provides you for political purposes. Part of the issue is one violation stacked on another.”

House ethics rules forbid lawmakers from using resources like House video for political purposes, the complaint notes. House ethics rules prohibit a member from posting a link to her official social media site on a campaign social media site. She solicited donations on the page that used official House video footage, according to FACT. This is not the first ethical complaint Ocasio-Cortez has had this week.

She denied violating campaign finance laws Tuesday in response to a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint alleging she and her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, created a million-dollar private slush fund. The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a conservative watchdog, accused Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti of illegally funneling money between PACs and private companies.

Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff obtained control of Justice Democrats PAC in December 2017, and the two appear to retain their control of the group, TheDCNF’s Andrew Kerr reported Monday. If the FEC determines her campaign operated in affiliation with the political action committee, then such a caper would open them up to some serious legal problems. Ocasio-Cortez never disclosed to the FEC that she and Chakrabarti, who served as her campaign chair, controlled the PAC.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office has not yet responded to TheDCNF’s request for comment about the nature of FACT’s claims.

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  • She and her Omar friend should both go to jail for all the violations and if they don't they will just continue as they have been doing and we will never get on the with the taxpayers business. They are nothing more than a distraction. And I think their smiles are a sick joke.

  • Democrats are either Teflon coated or so oleaginous, nothing sticks to them. Perhaps it comes from being amoral.Omar gets away with overt antisemitism in the Land of the Free. Don't hold your breath 'till the Occasional Cortex is even indicted.

  • When is Ocasio-Cortez going to be indicted for her numerous violations? It seems only Republicans are indicted and prosecuted, but no Democrats. Even those who are get away scot-free, e.g., Sen. Menendez, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris. No consequences, business as usual. Is it because Repubs are squeamish or cowardly to take the first steps?

  • She's so damned stupid! Serves her right that she gets caught up in a freshman money laundering scheme right off. Gotta love it. Fact is stranger than Russian collusion.

  • Did Chakrabarti work for the Bernie Sanders Campaign? Perhaps this will lead to an investigation as to whether the same tactics were used with Bernie's funds while this person worked for him. Someone should be looking into that. In the meantime, if Ocasio-Cortez did funnel those funds to the two LLC's to shield donors or the illegal use of the money, then of course she should be impeached and removed from office.

  • Typical Communists/Democrats. One set of rules for them! An totally different set of rules for Conservatives.

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