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Occasional-Cortex Gives Her BOYFRIEND A Congressional Email Account

A spokesman for the office of the Chief Administrative Officer of the House confirmed that the email address was given at the request of AOC.

David Boyle, who works in the administrative office told Fox News, ‘From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.

On Friday, a conservative political analyst tweeted out the information which caused a big hullaballoo on Twitter and had AOC defending her actions.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing ethics questions after revelations the freshman lawmaker’s office gave her boyfriend a congressional email account.

The democratic socialist waded into the issue in response to a tweet alleging boyfriend Riley Roberts had been put on staff. The tweet included a screenshot of an official House email address. Ocasio-Cortez insisted that he was only given the email account so he could access her calendar.

The tweet quickly went viral and AOC responded about an hour after it was posted.

Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, jumped into the conversation stating that Roberts was not employed with the office, nor was he a volunteer.

While both AOC and Chakrabarti claim that Roberts isn’t being paid, it appears that AOC did pay him during her campaign. An FEC report shows that Roberts was paid twice for a total of $1750 for ‘digital marketing services’ for her campaign. This is a reasonable payment since it appears that Roberts is a web developer and digital marketing would be in his wheelhouse.

Riley Roberts is listed as the Head of Inbound Marketing for Homebinder, a website that helps organize home maintenance. As a matter of fact, Homebinder is hiring in Massachusetts. A full-time sales rep job is needed at a salary of $40K with a projected commission of $15K.  Not too shabby for a sales gig.

After being elected, AOC had whined that she didn’t have enough money to get rent an apartment in D.C. because she wouldn’t get paid until after she was sworn in. Roberts and Ocasio-Cortez shared an apartment in NYC, and he’s moved with her to D.C. I’m thinking that his salary is likely more than that $55K for a full-time sales representative at Homebinder. I guess we can deduce how the ‘strong, independent women’ solved her housing issue. Her politics makes sense now, too — just have someone else pay for it. Now that AOC is pulling in a Congressional salary of $174,000, (which is quite the jump from her previously reported income of $26,600,) they’ll be living pretty comfortably, I would think.

Chakrabarti was handling the social media fires from the conservative blue-checkmark crowd that got wind of the tweet about the email address.

Luke Thompson shot back suggesting that AOC and Chakrabarti aren’t being truthful.

Seems a bit fishy with that ‘restrictions – none’… but what do I know about these kinds of designations?

How about we ask a former elected official about the rules? Maybe someone who knows a thing or two about rules regarding email and whatnot.

What about the former Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform? That seems like a good source.

But Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Ocasio-Cortez’ claims don’t stack up.

“It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Chaffetz told Fox News.

“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” he added. “… It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”

Having handled the investigation into Hillary’s emails, Chaffetz is sure to be cautious over who does and does not have access to potentially sensitive information.

Let’s not forget that the Democrats haven’t exactly been great with keeping digital information out of the wrong hands. Debbie Wasserman Schultz kept on her sketchy Pakistani IT guys even after it was clear that they had hacked into the email of Democrats in Congress.

House IT rules generally prohibit the use of “the House’s electronic mail systems and resources” by unauthorized members, and only “U.S. House of Representative Members, Officers, Employees, Fellows, Interns and Contractors” with appropriate permission can use the system. Still, O’Boyle cited the practice of sometimes allowing spouses access.

Chaffetz said that Roberts having email access could also create other security issues and the matter should be referred to the Capitol Police for further investigation.

“Being given a password to get into the House computer system has other potentially problematic issues,” he said.

Source: Fox News

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