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California Millionaire Tax Backers Target Kardashian

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — Kim Kardashian, the model who has parlayed reality TV fame into a personal fortune for her family and herself, is the target of a new online advertising campaign asking Californians to support a proposed ballot initiative to raise taxes on its wealthiest residents.

An online video from the Courage Campaign flashes images of Kardashian living the good life and proclaiming that “being on TV has changed my life, because you get lots of free stuff.”

The video said Kardashian made $12 million in 2010 but paid just 1 percentage point more in California income taxes than someone making $47,000 — 10.3 percent vs. 9.3 percent.

The video ad, which is posted at, urges Kardashian to support the proposal for a tax increase.

“Not everyone was born a Kardashian, but we all need to pay our fair share,” it said.

A spokeswoman for Kardashian, Pearl Servat, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday from The Associated Press.

The Courage Campaign and the California Federation of Teachers are among the groups backing a so-called millionaire’s tax that would raise income tax rates by 3 percent to 5 percent for individuals who make more than $1 million a year.

Proponents say the tax would raise about $6 billion to help fund public schools and local services that have been hit hard during the recession, such as social services, programs for the elderly and public safety.

Forbes magazine estimated Kardashian made $12 million in 2010.

Through their reality TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and other promotions, Kardashian, her two sisters and their mother have created a celebrity brand name for themselves, appearing in endorsements for everything from weight-loss products to fast food.

Their father, Robert Kardashian, was an attorney and close friend of O.J. Simpson who played a prominent role in his murder trial.

After a lavish, made-for-TV wedding event last summer that reportedly netted the couple millions of dollars in royalties, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce in October, citing irreconcilable differences just 10 weeks after she wed NBA player Kris Humphries.

The couple’s star-studded, black-tie ceremony was held at an exclusive canyon estate near Santa Barbara in the seaside enclave of Montecito. Kardashian wore three different designer wedding gowns, complemented by her 20.5 carat engagement ring. The couple’s wedding registry at a Beverly Hills jeweler totaled $172,000 and included such items as a $1,650 coffee pot and two $1,250 sterling silver vegetable spoons.

The one-minute Courage Campaign ad flashes pictures of Kim Kardashian in fur and jewels, then compares her 10.3 percent income tax rate with that of a “middle-class Californian” who makes $47,000 a year and pays 9.3 percent.

“Don’t you think she could pay a little more?” the ad asks as pictures of schoolchildren, firefighters and an elderly woman appear. “Especially to fund education and critical services?”

If the groups are successful in getting their tax initiative on the November ballot, they would likely pursue a television ad on the same theme, Courage Campaign spokeswoman Ana Beatriz Cholo said.

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  • Paul Brewer

    YES !! It’s those damn ‘millionaires’ fault this country is in the shape it’s in……God forbid an inept President, inept fiscal policies, and a infinitely thirsty military might have something to do with it.
    Oh well, having a bogeyman and scapegoat to focus on worked for a certain German ‘politician’ in the 30’s.

  • 8 ball in the side pocket

    Simple uncomfortable Truth if somehow you could tax every Penney possession of the collective wealth in the world including the gold in the boogie mans teeth it would be like a drop of water in the ocean by scale in soving revenue shortfalls world wide. Even to this extreme at the expense of job creation….this amount cannot over come inept fiscal policies and misguided adolescent spending of the liberals of the world. Solution create more jobs products to tax. The cash flow doesn’t come from the government. Another uncomfortable Truth there is no government job product crop invention mining operation railroad that isn’t fed by wealthy businesses and people. What you don’t want is the boogie man to move his or her assets into gold a financial flotation device that does very little for anyone. When ever I hear FAIR SHARE it screems stupidity from a Liberal who doesn’t have clue about the facts.

  • 8 ball in the side pocket

    Come on wealthy actress invest that money into investments for job creation hire some people instead of make up for your eyes and 100000 dresses

  • 8 ball in the side pocket

    You probably are not investing it in California to many regulations and taxes … that money is invested in other economy well back to work creating jobs

  • Max Well

    The lame politicians get to waste our money and borrow beyond our means and then turn around and sell the populous of this country on the fact that we need more taxes? I am sorry but the solution is not more taxing.

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