‘Shameless’ doesn’t begin to cover how AOC allegedly scammed her way into ritzy Met Gala

Down with the elite! Power to the people! Rich people suck!

Those are the Marxist mantras of any good socialist… unless there is a super cool party going on and a slew of really awesome selfies are on the table.

In cases such as that, it’s totally acceptable to throw all that bourgeoisie-bashing B.S. out the window and straight-up beg for ill-gotten invites, especially when the tickets cost $35,000 a pop and you want to bring your bae.

Such is the logic of the attention-starved Squad leader, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who is currently under a Congressional spotlight for potential ethics violations stemming from her paparazzi-pleasing appearance at the September 2021 Met Gala charity ball in a gown that, ironically, read “TAX THE RICH” in bright red letters.

Her attendance at a nonprofit event would have been fine had the Met invited her, but the Met isn’t in AOC’s Bronx district, so she was snubbed by the museum.

“So AOC came by the biggest part of her Met Gala grift the old-fashioned way: trading off of the elected position with which Bronx and Queens voters entrusted her,” the New York Post reports.

At the urging of her campaign staffer, Ocasio-Cortez cozied up to Vogue’s iconic editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, who has run the Met Gala since 1995.

According to The Post:

AOC’s written invitation specifically informed her that she and her boyfriend were “guests of Vogue.”

Little problem: members of Congress can’t take near-seven-figure gifts from companies that employ lobbyists. Vogue is part of a sprawling media firm, including the firm that owns a big piece of Spectrum, our highly regulated internet provider.


Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-corruption lawyer tried to warn her staff, writing that “the Congresswoman could accept an invitation from [the Met], but not [italics his] from Vogue . . . Since Advance Publications is a registered lobbyist, we’ll need to be extra careful!”

Lobby, schmobby.

This is the Met we’re talking about!

(Video: YouTube)

But, the day after the big event, AOC’s sensational red-carpet moment, the wind under the former bartender’s wings vanished and the real world came crashing in.

A Vogue staffer contacted Ocasio-Cortez’s office to sound the alarms: “Hope the [C]ongresswoman had a great time last night! … [W]e have had a number of inquiries . . . Mainly from Page Six. . . . Given that she was a guest of [V]ogue, we were planning to say . . . she was a guest of Anna [Wintour]’s. . . . wanted to check with you.”

“Cue hours of highly paid butt-covering,” The Post reports. “As the bi-partisan Office of Congressional Ethics found last week, ‘documents’ – emails between the Met and AOC’s office to ‘thread’ the ‘needle,’ in one Met staffer’s phrasing – ‘suggest that there was some attempt to obfuscate Vogue’s role.'”

But snagging the tickets was just one hurdle the socialist princess had to surpass if she was going to rub elbows with the world’s most influential celebrities.

She couldn’t just “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” her way to the ball, and a hot haute couture look needs bling.

Following the big night, AOC’s lawyer assured Congressional ethics officials that “the Congresswoman is paying personally for all other benefits including the rental value of her dress, handbag, and accessories, … shoes …, hair and makeup, transportation, and … hotel room … for staging.”

All that swag costs money, so Ocasio-Cortez decided to leverage her fame and haggle.

“How?” The Post asks.


According to the outlet, she scammed her stylists:

The fashion industry is famously exploitative. Struggling designers need exposure, and work for cheap to get it.

So AOC got herself a haute couture dress – consultation, design, fittings, materials, and day-of styling, likely well above a ten-thousand-dollar value – from a Brooklyn designer for a billed cost of a $1,300 “rental.”

Good deal! But did she pay the $1,300? No. Her campaign staff called the designer to talk the price down to $300. That’s how much AOC values weeks’ worth of labor.


As BizPac Review reported, the designer of AOC’s dress has refused to cooperate with ethics investigators, who found that the Congresswoman’s staff “could not explain why the gown rental costs were reduced,” according to The Post.

Hundreds of dollars were owed to local vendors for services such as Ocasio-Cortez’s makeup ($344.85), hair ($477.73), transportation ($586-84), and her boyfriend’s shoes and bowtie ($406.09).

Because you don’t want to drag yourself back to the Bronx after such a star-studded event, she also owed $4,602.92 for a hotel stay.

Thus far, investigators say, “It appears several thousands of dollars’ worth of services may have remained unpaid absent the [Office of Congressional Ethics] initiating this review.”

Ultimately, argued Ocasio-Cortez’s lawyer, the payments were made and she was really mad about the delays, so the ethics probe is a nothingburger.

“The Congresswoman finds these delays unacceptable,” the attorney said, “and she has taken several steps to ensure nothing of this nature will ever happen again…and she even worked with the undersigned counsel prior to the event to ensure that she complied with all applicable ethics rules.”


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