A conservative group has targeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a second ethics complaint – this one alleging she abused her congressional privileges when she set up an official House email address for her boyfriend Riley Roberts.
The Coolidge Reagan Foundation previously lodged a complaint that her campaign may have illegally funneled thousands of dollars through a PAC with ties to her boyfriend.
‘This Complaint alleges Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez improperly converted U.S. House resources to her non-official, personal use by obtaining an official ‘@mail.house.gov’ e-mail address for her boyfriend, despite the fact he was not employed by her congressional office,’ reads a line from the complaint obtained by Fox News.
A conservative group has targeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a second ethics complaint over her giving boyfriend Riley Roberts a congressional email account
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) said she gave boyfriend Riley Roberts (right) a congressional email address so he could access her work calendar
‘Moreover, it appears she obtained the e-mail address for him by falsely designating him a ‘staff’ member.’
Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for a response.
The self-described socialist Democrat came under fire last month after it emerged she gave Roberts a congressional email account with an official @mail.house.gov address.
She defend her actions on Twitter and insisted it’s only so he can look at her calendar.
Political consultant Luke Thompson tweeted a picture of Riley’s official House email address, which quickly went viral.
He tweeted: ‘While you were having a nice Valentine’s Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly.’
But AOC hit back, writing: ‘Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.
‘Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.’
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi performs a ceremonial swearing-in for US House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She was joined by Riley Roberts, sixth from left
Political consultant Luke Thompson tweeted a picture of his official House email address
But Ocasio-Cortez hit back and insisted it’s only so he can look at her calendar
Her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti also posted to Twitter, defending the account
WHO IS RILEY ROBERTS?
Riley Roberts is the head of marketing at HomeBinder.com, according to Marie Claire. He also works with tech startups.
Riley from is Boston, Massachusetts and is reported to have gone to uni there, too.
He was pictured at her swearing in, telling the New York Post it was ‘a really incredible day, really special’.
They lived together in the Bronx before moving to Washington D.C.
Her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti also argued the move was normal for a spouse or partner.
He wrote: ‘He’s not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He’s not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office.
‘Spouses and partners normally get http://mail.house.gov e-mail addresses for the purpose of getting calendar access.’
And spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, David O’Boyle, told Fox News: ‘From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.’
The freshman Democrat from New York also denied any violation in campaign finance law after a conservative watchdog group filed a complaint charging that her top congressional aide funneled $1 million in contributions from a PAC he controlled to his own companies.
‘There is no violation,’ she told Fox News this week.
She also denied that the Federal Election complaint, filed against her and her chief of staff, connected her to ‘dark money’ in her campaign.
‘No, no,’ she responded.
Ocasio-Cortez responded after the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project filed an FEC complaint saying her top aide shifted the funds in what it argued could have been a bid to avoid disclosure.
The aide, chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, set up the Brand New Congress PAC as a way to collect contributions to boost new members of Congress.
Rep. Alexanadria Ocasio-Cortez also denied any violation in campaign finance law after a conservative watchdog group filed a complaint that her now chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti had money funneled to a PAC he controlled
PACs face disclosure requirements beyond what a company would be required to reveal about how funds get spent.
Chakrabarti tweeted about the unusual arrangement in response to media reports Monday. ‘We were doing something totally new, which meant a new setup. So, we were transparent about it from the start,’ he said.
Conservative watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center, which previously had researchers investigating longtime New York Rep. Charles Rangel – a senior lawmaker like the one Ocasio-Cortez knocked off in a primary in her Queens district – named both Ocasio-Cortez and her top aide in the complaint.