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Is AOC Secretly Married?

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The form indicates that Roberts accompanied her on her trip to the Far East last January which had been paid for by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation. Ocasio-Cortez listed him as her “spouse” on the form.

The couple also traveled to South America to attend an event sponsored by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Roberts paid his way on both occasions.

Ocasio-Cortez went with Roberts on a weeklong vacation in Venice, Italy, in August 2022. She was sponsored as a guest at an art conference hosted by a Los Angeles-based charity.

She has been at the forefront of ethical accusations against others, particularly Justice Clarence Thomas for his alleged ethical violations.

She wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland last month “failing to report significant gifts he received from Harlan Crow and other billionaires.”

“If Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is going to refer to Mr. Roberts as her spouse in the context of one kind of ethics disclosure, it would be logical and consistent for her to do so in the context of all ethics disclosures, including annual financial disclosures and periodic transaction reports,” Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette, a senior government affairs manager at the Project on Government Oversight, told the Free Beacon.

If Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez are married, then she likely created other severe ethical and legal problems for herself.

“If they were married then she would be required to disclose his finances on her 2022 financial disclosure,” Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust told The Washington Free Beacon. “There is no exception to this rule.”

However, an AOC spokeswoman told the Free Beacon that Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts still are not married. “They are not legally married,” spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the Free Beacon. “House Ethics has commonly recognized the term ‘spouse’ to extend to long-term partners.”

The Free Beacon notes that House ethics rules define a spouse as “someone to whom you are legally married.”

If the two are married, then Ocasio-Cortez would be legally required to include Roberts’ “reportable stock holdings, assets, liabilities, or income” on her latest financial disclosure filed last month. She did not. AOC also did not disclose Roberts as her spouse before this year.

“It’s possible that Hitt was referring to the Office of Congressional Ethics, which considers long-term romantic partners of lawmakers to be “synonymous with a spouse.” However, the Office of Congressional Ethics is effectively subservient to the House Ethics Committee.

As an independent entity, the Office of Congressional Ethics cannot make legally binding enforcement decisions against lawmakers; it simply makes enforcement recommendations to the Ethics Committee,” Free Beacon reporter Andrew Kerr writes.

If they are legally married, she no longer can take advantage of the “boyfriend loophole” that lets her avoid disclosing his financial engagements.

She already faces scrutiny over wearing her “Tax the Rich” dress to the 2021 Met Gala.

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