Aurora James, the fashion designer behind far-left Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (AOC) ‘tax the rich’ dress stunt, appears to be someone who should take the message to heart.
Not only was the hypocrisy of the dress’s message abundant due to where it was being worn and who it was being worn by, but the designer herself has added to the fray.
A New York Post report indicates James’ company, Cultural Brokerage Agency, which she formed as a parent company of her fashion brand, owes, or at least racked up, nearly $120,000 in back taxes.
James’ company has amassed three tax warrants in New York state for a total of $14,798, and six federal tax liens at $103,220.
The company, it appears, was taxing their employees’ income, but not sending the money to the government.
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
Tax The Rich, Just Not Us
Owing a significant amount of back taxes isn’t the dress designer’s only issue, either.
The company owes over $62,000 in fines for failing to carry workers comp insurance according to the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board.
Former employees of Aurora James’ company accused her of relying “on legions of unpaid interns working full-time jobs.”
When she isn’t paying her workers or the insurance necessary if something unforeseen happens to them, James appears to be skipping out on her rent as well.
One landlord sued her for $5,000 in unpaid rent back in 2018, while another demanded $25,000 plus interest while trying to evict her primary fashion company, Brother Vellies, just a little over a year ago.
AOC is going to be explaining her Met Gala appearance until it’s a year later and she’s attending again with a dress that says “I understand irony!” on it.
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) September 20, 2021
James Took $41,000 In Taxpayer Money
But all this doesn’t mean you can stop paying your taxes. In fact, you are paying her.
“While James apparently has no problem stiffing the Taxman, she isn’t shy about taking money from taxpayers — her company received $41,666 in pandemic relief aid,” the Post writes.
And she’s definitely in a higher income bracket – having purchased a $1.6 million home during the heart of the pandemic in Los Angeles.
The home is described as sitting on over 7,000 square feet in Hollywood Hills, sporting cathedral ceilings and a backyard hot tub.
It’s also described as “delinquent” by the Los Angeles County assessor’s office – owing over $2,500 in taxes already.
James – whose own net worth is around $2 million – also attended the Met Gala with boyfriend Benjamin Bronfman, an extremely wealthy millionaire environmentalist whose family created the Seagram’s drink company.
AOC had described she and Aurora James as making a statement at the elitist event to start a discussion on “what it means to be working-class women of color at the Met.”
“Proud to work with [James,] a sustainably focused, Black woman immigrant designer who went from starting her dream [company] at a flea market in Brooklyn to winning [a Council of Fashion Designers of America award] against all odds — and then work together to kick open the doors at the Met,” she beamed.
(The Hillary-donating James is indeed an immigrant. She’s from Canada.)
Even those talking points may have been a charade.
Janna Pea worked w/ the designer & w/ AOC’s PR team to strategize messaging & delivery
“Pea noted the importance of preparation & providing a context for reporters to incl. when delivering the messaging. This incl. prepping materials that highlighted talking points for AOC…” https://t.co/H52j864EB4
— sameera khan (@SameeraKhan) September 19, 2021
It’s difficult to imagine the stunt going any worse for AOC had she tried.
Everything involved with it is apparently an illusion.
A ‘tax the rich’ message at an uber-elite event, scrawled on a dress designed by a rich tax-delinquent designer, and AOC’s talking points apparently crafted by a PR firm.
Yet for all her yammer, the New York Post reports that AOC clammed up when asked for comment.
Socialism, in a nutshell.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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