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Plight at the Museum: AOC’s Gala Gallivanting Leads to New Ethics Legislation.

The “Greater Accountability from Lawmakers for Americans Act” or GALA Act.


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Key Points

  • Ethics complaints have been filed over AOC attending the Met Gala.
  • Questions remain whether or not accepting the invite was a violation.
  • Congresswoman Michelle Steel is proposing the GALA Act.

AOC’s appearance at the Met Gala turned a lot of heads – but for all the wrong reasons. The congresswoman has government watchdogs asking questions about the legality of her gifts, ticket prices, and possible ethics violations. Now, one freshman congresswoman is ready to act.

According to the New York Post, “Republican congresswoman [Michelle Steel] is taking aim at Democratic socialism-preaching Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Met Gala appearance by leading the charge on legislation that would require lawmakers to disclose their participation in charity events where the ticket value exceeds $1,000.”

AOC and her boyfriend attended the Gala for free, but tickets were $35,000-per-head.

“This is about transparency and holding officials accountable for the job they were elected to do,” Steel said. “If Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was truly attending a multimillion-dollar event in her official capacity, she should have no problem sharing more details with the people she represents.”

AOC says she was there to “kick open the doors” and tried to head off adversaries with the following statement: “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.”

American Accountability Foundation founder Thomas Jones, wrote an ethics complaint that suggests Ocasio-Cortez broke House rules by accepting “an impermissible gift.” Normally, House members are allowed to attend charity events but, in this case, the guest list was very limited, which may cause a conflict.

AOC also accepted the free tickets from her table’s sponsor, Instagram, and not from the event itself, the Met Gala.

According to the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), who also filed an ethics complaint against AOC, “if … the table where AOC sat was one paid for by one of [the] corporations attending the event, such as Instagram or Facebook, AOC has received a prohibited gift from the corporation that also lobbies Congress.”

Rep. Steel plans to call the new legislation the “Greater Accountability from Lawmakers for Americans Act,” or GALA Act.

It’s the ultimate honor to have a bridge, building or street named after you. Legislation born out of an ethics violation? Not so much.