Unmarried AOC Lists Spouse on Ethics Committee Forms

(USNewsMag.com) – On multiple disclosure forms filed with the House Ethics Committee, “Squad” member and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has listed her fiancé as a “spouse,” despite the two not being married.

Ocasio-Cortez announced she was engaged to Riley Roberts in May 2022. However, on disclosure forms regarding overseas travel to South Korea, Italy, Brazil, Japan, Chile, and Colombia in 2022 and 2023, he was listed as her spouse. The form says a spouse is defined as “someone to whom you are legally married.”

The two are “not legally married,” according to Ocasio-Cortez’s press secretary, Lauren Hitt. However, Hitt added that it is “commonly recognized” by the House Ethics Committee that the word spouse can be extended “to long-term partners.” Under the House Ethics Committee rules, if the two were legally married, Roberts would be required to disclose his financial records.

Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez met in 2019 while they were in college at Boston University at a coffee shop.

Ocasio-Cortez could face censure in the House or potentially a fine of up to $50,000 if it is found that she knowingly filed false information in the disclosure forms. In rare cases, the penalty is five years in federal prison.

In early 2023, the House Office of Congressional Ethics found that there was “substantial reason to believe” that gifts in the form of tickets were improperly accepted by Ocasio-Cortez during her 2021 Met Gala appearance. The report stated that the acceptance of “impermissible gifts” may have been in violation of the House rules, standards of conduct, and federal law. The investigation is currently ongoing.

In spite of her own ethics investigation, she has also pushed for an ethics investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for failing to disclose gifts received over the years from Republican megadonor Harlon Crow.

In August, similar concerns were raised after the financial disclosures of Democratic Ohio Rep. Sen. Sherrod Brown were belatedly amended to include over $500,000 from his wife’s investments as well as pension payments over the years.

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