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A Manhattan Democrat is under investigation for asking for a ticket to the star-studded Met Gala after she was crossed off the guest list.
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, 76, whose 30-year career in Congress is about to end after she lost a contentious primary, is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly soliciting a ticket to the annual Met Gala, run by the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute.
The highlight of New York’s social calendar is a charity event and one of the most exclusive events in the world. It regularly includes public officials in New York as guests. The fundraiser also sees other prominent New Yorkers rub shoulders with Hollywood stars.
Emily Rafferty, the Met’s former president, wrote an email to the museum’s director describing Maloney’s discontent.
“I received a call this past week from Carolyn,” Rafferty wrote. “She is unhappy to say the least that she is not receiving an invitation to the Party of the Year.’
According to Rafferty’s email, Maloney “went on about how much she does for the Met, always responsive when you call, and proactive re the institution’s needs in DC. She has been coming to the party for years, and it is the one thing she cares about. For what it is worth, I highly recommend you include Carolyn, [then–New York City Comptroller] Scott Stringer and his wife in your 80 allotted spaces.”
What she did for the met, the report states, is securing $2.75 million in federal funding for improvements to the Met from 2003 to 2011, and leading a request in 2020 for $4 billion that benefited museums, including the Met, related to COVID-19 relief.
Maloney did not break any House ethics rules in accepting a free ticket to the event, but the rules prohibit asking for one.
“If Rep. Maloney solicited or accepted impermissible gifts, then she may have violated House rules, standards of conduct and federal law,” the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics wrote in the report.
Maloney said she did speak on the phone to Rafferty, but, according to Maloney spokesperson Adrien Lesser, she is confident the House Ethics Committee will dismiss the matter and she is “disappointed by the unproven and disputed allegations in the report issued by Office of Congressional Ethics and strongly disagrees with its referral.”
NEW – Office of Congressional Ethics report just released by House Ethics finds Rep. Carolyn Maloney "may have
solicited or accepted impermissible gifts associated with her attendance at the Met Gala." If she did so this could violate House rules, standards of conduct & the law pic.twitter.com/ph2nOnuMdF
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) November 21, 2022
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