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In a humorous, but effective, new web ad progressive California activist group the Courage Campaign is asking television reality star Kim Kardashian, who made $12 million last year, to endorse the Millionaire's Tax of 2012. And endorsement from Kardashian would be news, in light of her celebrity status, which is particularly high among younger people and Internet users.
As Crooks and Liars previously reported, the tax would raise $6 billion for the state and would allow the state to maintain vital services. The proposal was written after significant feedback from citizens.
From the Courage Campaign's press release:
In 2010, Ms. Kardashian made $12 million in comparison to what the average Californian makes -- about $47,000. Surprisingly, she pays only one percentage point more in taxes than the average Californian, 9.3 percent. In a playful, yet targeted way, the Courage Campaign is wondering if Ms. Kardashian -- who proudly boasts three separate closets for shoes, including one of her favorites, a pair of $2,500 Christian Louboutin lace and python booties -- would support asking millionaires to pay a little bit more in taxes, especially at a time when budget cuts are decimating schools and critical programs for children and the elderly.
"We love Ms. Kardashian's sense of style and we know she gets lots of attention," said Rick Jacobs, chair and founder of the 750,000 member Courage Campaign. "Now we want to catch her eye and ask her if she'll support our tax proposal which asks the rich to pay their fair share in our state. Why not? After all, California's middle class continues to suffer from endless budget cuts, and we hope to catch Ms. Kardashian in the holiday spirit."
The Courage Campaign is a member of the Restoring California Coalition. Check our our website, www.MillionairesTaxCA.com. Restoring California is a broad coalition of educators, unions and community groups looking to restore critical funding to schools and universities, essential services for seniors, and public safety, as well as start rebuilding the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. It asks the wealthiest Californians -- people who earn over a million dollars per year -- to help pay their fair share to rebuild the state.
According to a recent statewide poll, if the November 2012 elections were held today, 67% of voters would vote YES to support the "Millionaires Tax to Restore Funding to Essential Services of 2012."
Those that are interested can sign a petition asking Kardashian to support the tax.