AOC’s lawyer warned she was NOT allowed to accept her $35,000 Met Gala ticket from Vogue

New documents from the Congressional ethics committee investigation into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s attendance at the 2021 Met Gala revealed her lawyers cautioned her against attending over fears that she might be in violation of congressional code.

AOC’s anti-corruption lawyer told the congresswoman’s team that she could attend the event, but only if she was listed as being a guest of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and not as a guest of event organizer Vogue magazine.

The attorney feared that if she were listed as a guest of Vogue, she could be in violation of congressional rules which prohibit representatives from accepting gifts from companies that use lobbyists which Vogue’s parent company, Advance Media Publications, does.

Despite those warnings, records showed the congresswoman accepted a pair of $35,000 gala tickets and was listed as a guest of Vogue the night of the gala, but that the following morning staffers began pivoting to say she was a personal guest of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The damning documents also show how AOC managed to pay a mere $300 for her $1,300 dress emblazoned with the phrase ‘Tax the Rich’ – along with the hours of design work, fittings, and styling – and then took months to pay back the paltry sum.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) attends the Met Gala in her 'Tax the Rich' dress

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) attends the Met Gala in her ‘Tax the Rich’ dress

After the gala, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's staff said she was a guest of Anna Wintour's

After the gala, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s staff said she was a guest of Anna Wintour’s

In a message to her staff, an attorney for AOC’s attorney warned of the risks of her attending, and advised how she could do about doing it legally.

‘The Congresswoman could accept an invitation from [the Met], but not from Vogue,’ he wrote. ‘Since Advance Publications is a registered lobbyist, we’ll need to be extra careful!’

Nevertheless, AOC and her boyfriend both accepted tickets from

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Esmeralda Soria endorsed by law enforcement in assembly race

Democrat Esmeralda Soria faces Republican Mark Pazin in the 27th District Assembly race in November.

Democrat Esmeralda Soria faces Republican Mark Pazin in the 27th District Assembly race in November.

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Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria captured two big law enforcement endorsements this week in her campaign for the newly drawn state Assembly District 27.

Soria, a Democrat, announced endorsements from the California College and University Police Chiefs Association and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Previously, the California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations endorsed Soria.

Soria’s stance on school shootings convinced the college and university police chiefs she was the best choice in the race, the association president said.

“We made our endorsement after carefully evaluating both of the candidates, and Councilmember Soria was the only candidate who shared our commitment to protecting schools from active shooter assaults. She received our overwhelming endorsement,” said retired Chief Joel Justice, president of the association.

The endorsements matter because her challenger is former Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, a Republican, who has linked law enforcement and first-responder support during his campaign. Pazin also previously served as the law enforcement chief for California’s Office of Emergency Services.

Pazin also secured endorsements from key law enforcement figures, such as Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke, Madera County Sheriff Tyson Pogue, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims. Pazin also is endorsed by the Fresno County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Merced City Firefighters Local 1479 and the California State Sheriff’s Association.

Pazin’s campaign said Soria’s recent law enforcement endorsements show the outgoing Fresno City Councilmember and Fresno City College adjunct professor is trying to “reinvent herself.”

“I’m always amazed at the hypocrisy of Esmeralda Soria and the lengths she goes to reinvent herself,” said Jordan Dennison, Pazin’s campaign manager. “Two years ago she ran for Congress to the left of Jim Costa and made a pilgrimage to Washington, DC, to visit

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