The Courage Campaign wants reality TV star Kim Kardashian to endorse the Millionaires Tax of 2012, a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to levy a higher tax rate on Californians who make more than $1 million a year.
The Campaign released a new ad that seeks to encourage Kim Kardahsian to join the campaign to give back to the state that has suffered severe budget cuts to public services and education programs.
The ad pointedly explains that Kardashian made $12 million in 2010, significantly more than the average Californian whose income was $47,000. The ad claims that the tax burdens for the reality TV star and the middle-class Californian are too close for comfort. Kardashian was taxed 10.3 percent while Californians making only $47,000 a year were taxed at 9.3 percent. The ad ends stating: Not everyone was born a Kardashian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the whole Kardashian family earned $65 million last year. Kim herself is worth $35 million. Since her divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries, Kardashian has had numerous endorsement deals, a highly popular reality TV series and even purchased Elizabeth Taylor's bracelets for $65,000.
When asked by the Wall Street Journal on her opinions of income inequality following the Occupy Wall Street protests in October, Kardashian explained she does not really have an opinion.
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