BREAKING: The Coolidge-Reagan Foundation, the group that filed an FEC complaint alleging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign may have illegally funneled thousands through a closely-allied PAC to boyfriend Riley Roberts, filed a new complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics.
This time, the non-profit is focusing on the decision, in violation of the U.S. Criminal Code, to Roberts’ use of a congressional email account.
Fox News’ Perry Chiaramonte has more:
“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.
“Moreover, it appears she obtained the e-mail address for him by falsely designating him a ‘staff’ member.”
Attorneys for the foundation allege that Ocasio-Cortez violated restrictions on personal use of House services and equipment—as outlined in the House Ethics Manual. They maintain that the provision of an official House-based email address for Roberts is a violation of rules that prevent outside individuals from having an official account.
“To my surprise, no one else had acted on this information,” foundation attorney Dan Backer told Fox News, “and while media coverage of misconduct is good, [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] has to be held accountable.”
Backer concluded, “On this matter, only OCE [Office of Congressional Ethics] has the investigative authority to do so.”
You can read the full complaint here.