AOC Gets Caught In Possible Ethics Violation – Is She Married Or Is She Not?

(Washington Free Beacon) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D., N.Y.) office says she isn’t married. But she has described her, Riley Roberts, as her “spouse” in forms filed with the House Ethics Committee in 2023, which a strict definition of that term—”someone to whom you are legally married.”

That could become a problem for the left-wing darling, since willful misrepresentations on the documents are a no-no—they could subject her to criminal prosecution, the forms state—and members of Congress are required to disclose the financial information of their spouses, which Ocasio-Cortez has declined to do.


But taken at face value, four legal filings submitted to the House Ethics Committee pertaining to AOC’s overseas travels in 2022 and 2023 suggest the pair have been legally married at least since Jan. 13, 2023. If that is the case, the “Squad” member can no longer leverage the so-called boyfriend loophole to evade public disclosure of his finances. While lawmakers are required to disclose financial information about their spouses, live-in romantic partners and fiancés are exempt from the rule.

If they are not, her forms were filed incorrectly. “They are not legally married,” AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told the Washington Free Beacon. “House Ethics has commonly recognized the term spouse to extend to long-term partners.”

Hitt’s statement is false. The House Ethics Committee, which has sole jurisdiction over the Code of Official Conduct that governs the acts of members of the House, defines a spouse as “someone to whom you are legally married.” Ocasio-Cortez had the option to describe Roberts as her fiancé in the forms to the committee, but instead, checked boxes representing him as her “spouse.”

The House Ethics Committee declined to comment.

Ocasio-Cortez did not disclose any of Roberts’s reportable stock holdings, assets, liabilities, or income on her latest financial disclosure submitted in August, though she did make two references to her “spouse” in the filing.

It’s unclear why Ocasio-Cortez considers Roberts her spouse for the purposes of overseas travel but not when it comes to financial disclosure. It’s also unclear why Ocasio-Cortez never identified Roberts as her spouse in ethics disclosures prior to 2023, even though, according to her office, the legal status of their relationship has remained unchanged since she joined Congress in 2019.

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