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Should Kim Kardashian Support Higher Taxes on Millionaires?

January 9, 2012
If Kim Kardashian is pulling in millions each year in addition to loads of free swag, she should at least be willing to pay a higher tax rate, right?

That's what Courage Campaign - a California-based nonprofit trying to drum up support for a November ballot measure that would raise taxes on the state's millionaires - argues in a new online video. The group claims that Kardashian made $12 million in 2010 and paid a 10.3 percent tax rate, while a middle-class Californian made $47,000 and paid a 9.3 percent tax rate.

"Don't you think she could pay a little more? Especially to fund education & critical services?" the video asks.

The "millionaires tax" issue in California is different than it is here in Washington, given that is up for a vote. But as we've reported, some millionaires do want the federal government to increase their tax rates, and both campaigns have employed similar language arguing that everyone needs to pay their "fair share."

"Ask Kim to support the millionaires tax of 2012," Courage Campaign's video says. "Not everyone was born a Kardashian, but we all need to pay our fair share."

Californians who make more than $1 million a year would see their income tax rates rise by three to five percentage points if the ballot measure is approved, the Los Angeles Times reports.

So what do you think? Have you heard of any similar campaigns lobbying celebrities to throw their weight behind a millionaires tax? And make sure to check out the video:

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