Did AOC’s Met Gala Stunt Violate Federal Ethics Laws?

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New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got a lot of buzz for the dress she wore at the 2021 Met Gala Monday evening. Many have called her out for the blatant hypocrisy of presenting such a message while hobnobbing with the super-rich at an event where the cost of an individual ticket was $30,000-$35,000. AOC tried to preempt the criticism in a tweet on Tuesday, shortly after midnight. “And before haters get wild flying off the handle, New York elected officials are routinely invited to and attend the Met due to our responsibilities in overseeing and supporting the city’s cultural institutions for the public. I was one of several in attendance in this evening,” But, the apparent hypocrisy of her message isn’t the only issue. As has been pointed out, AOC wasn’t alone at the Met Gala, she brought her boyfriend with her. So, that means AOC spent $60,000 just on the tickets for the event. Or did she? Members of Congress make $174,000+ in salary—which means that the tickets she needed to get into the event cost more than a third of her salary. How did she pay for the tickets? And then the dress on top of that?

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