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Old 03-07-2019, 09:50 AM
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By law, taxpayer funds cannot be used for political campaigns, yet AOC's Instagram account has a link to donate to her campaign along with other House ethics rules violations.

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A Washington, D.C.-based ethics group is claiming that New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s social media usage violates House ethics rules against using taxpayer resources for political purposes.

Ocasio-Cortez’s political Instagram account contains direct links to her House Instagram account and includes a link for political contributions, alongside posts of official video footage on the House floor, according to a complaint Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) plans to file Thursday with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The group claims these actions violate House ethics rules.

“In a way, it’s a straight forward complaint,” Kendra Arnold, executive director of FACT, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Broadly speaking, the rules clearly define that politics and government works cannot overlap. There are reasons for that: mostly because we don’t want our taxpayer dollars going toward campaigns.” FACT is a nonprofit group whose past president was Matthew Whitaker, an attorney who served as President Donald Trump’s acting attorney general in 2018 and 2019.

“One is influencing the other,” Arnold said, referring to what she believes is the New York Democrat’s penchant for using Twitter as a form of cross promotion. “Once we elect … you cannot use whatever the government provides you for political purposes. Part of the issue is one violation stacked on another.”

House ethics rules forbid lawmakers from using resources like House video for political purposes, the complaint notes. House ethics rules prohibit a member from posting a link to her official social media site on a campaign social media site. She solicited donations on the page that used official House video footage, according to FACT. This is not the first ethical complaint Ocasio-Cortez has had this week. https://thefederalistpapers.org/opin...4GHP1_EIjjuj2Q
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I'll claim ignorance for the moment of the rules to the social media game, but common sense even says you wouldn't cross link 'work' and a request for money.....
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I'll claim ignorance for the moment of the rules to the social media game, but common sense even says you wouldn't cross link 'work' and a request for money.....
Common sense obviously doesn't apply to AOC. Her Green New Deal is another good example of this.
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Common sense obviously doesn't apply to AOC. Her Green New Deal is another good example of this.
Really? Now you tell me!!!!

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By law, taxpayer funds cannot be used for political campaigns, yet AOC's Instagram account has a link to donate to her campaign along with other House ethics rules violations.

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Ocasio-Cortez’s political Instagram account contains direct links to her House Instagram account and includes a link for political contributions, alongside posts of official video footage on the House floor, according to a complaint Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) plans to file Thursday with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The group claims these actions violate House ethics rules.
AOC's political Instagram account can have links to whatever she wants it to link to including her official Instagram account and official video footage.

It's her official Instagram account that can't have links to any of her campaign accounts. There's no claim that there's anything wrong with her official government Instagram account in the story.

FACT's allegations are pure BS.
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