Kim Kardashian Asked to Support Campaign for Millionaire’s Tax [Video]
Kim Kardashian has been urged to support a proposed tax increase on millionaires in California.
The reality TV star is the focus of a new video from the Courage Campaign, who reveal Kardashian made more than $12 million in 2010, but only paid 1% more in taxes than a middle-class Californian. Next time someone uses the “but they worked hard for their money,” point them to Kardashian, a woman who charges $10,000 for a 140-character tweet.
The video (embedded below) says Kardashian’s 2010 earnings of $12 million saw her pay 10.3 percent tax in income taxes. A Californian earning $47,000 would pay 9.3 percent. It includes shots of Kardashian sporting disgusting bling and squeaking things about “the best thing about being on TV is I get lots of free stuff.” Kardashian’s Kushy tax arrangement isn’t fair, argues the Courage Campaign:
“That’s not OK, especially when budget cuts are decimating schools and critical programs for children, the elderly, and the disabled. It’s exactly why Courage Campaign and two dozen other organizations are putting the Millionaires Tax of 2012 on the ballot.”
“Not everyone was born a Kardashian,” adds the video, “but we all need to pay our fair share.”
The Courage Campaign and several other groups (including the California Federation of Teachers) are backing a ‘millionaire’s tax’ that would raise income tax rates by 3 percent to 5 percent for anybody making more than $1 million a year.
Supporters of the new tax rate say it would raise around $6 billion, and help fund public schools and local services that have suffered budget cuts in the recession. They’re hoping to get the tax proposal on the November ballot, and if they succeed a television ad with a similar theme would follow, according to Courage Campaign spokeswoman Ana Beatriz Cholo.
Naturally, it’s far from only Kardashian who is deserving of all the bile on this issue, but hey, she’s a convenient celebrity figurehead who’ll get people talking over such discrepancies. As it happens, there was no response from a Kardashian spokesperson when the The Associated Press requested one on Tuesday. Somehow, I don’t think Kardashian will be fronting this – even though she could do with a popularity boost.