(ConservativeInsider.org) – When House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wore a dress with the words “Tax the Rich” emblazoned on it in red letters to the Met Gala, she likely did not predict the pushback she would receive. Aside from wearing the bold dress to one of the most exclusive events in the world, the woman who designed the dress ironically owes back taxes in multiple states, making AOC’s message fall flat.
On Saturday, September 18, the New York Post shared details of the designer Aurora James’ financial background. On top of failing to withhold income taxes in New York, adding up to $14,798, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put 6 federal liens on James’ company, the Cultural Brokerage Agency, totaling $103,220. These were similar to the New York fines, emphasizing the company’s failure to submit employee payroll taxes to the government.
American pollster Frank Luntz shared more of the numbers behind the designer:
The ‘Tax the Rich’ dress designer whom @AOC went to the Met Gala with:
• Owes $103,220 in back taxes
• Received $41,666 in PPP
• Has ‘legions’ of unpaid interns
• Owes $62,722 in workers comp
• Still found $250,000 for a table at the Met Galahttps://t.co/yXsU5eqKwi
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) September 18, 2021
James’ company also has a history of failing to pay rent, not carrying workers comp insurance, and allegations of poor working conditions. However, the businesses did not forget to collect $41,666 in pandemic relief aid over the past year and a half.
This report makes it incredibly clear that AOC did not do her research before agreeing to wear James’ dress, as she has supported an allegedly wealthy designer who has a history of evading taxes. Hopefully, AOC learns from her mistakes and double checks the ethics of her next bold statement before she makes it.
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