Kim Kardashian, millionaires should pay more taxes, group says (Video)
A California group wants Kim Kardashian to pay up.
The Courage Campaign is using the 31-year-old reality star and millionaire as the face of a new campaign that pushes for a tax increase on the wealthiest residents of California.
Kardashian is keeping mum as to whether or not she supports it or has authorized the use of her image in the group's video, which is posted at TaxKimK.com and shows her saying: "Being on TV has changed my life because you gets lots of free stuff."
The Courage Campaign wants citizens to vote on the "Millionaires Tax of 2012" initiative during the upcoming November election. If passed, people making more than $1 million a year could see their income tax rates raised by up to 5 percent.
According to the group, Kardashian made $12 million in 2010 and only paid 1 percentage point more in state income taxes - 10.3 percent as opposed to 9.3 percent - than "middle class Californians," or residents with an annual salary of about $47,000 to $50,000. Kardashian's spokesperson had no immediate comment about the campaign or the reality star's earnings.
Kardashian and her family members, co-stars of her main E! reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," earned $65 million in 2010, it was revealed on Barbara Walters' ABC special "10 Most Fascinating People," which aired in December of 2011. While matriarch Kris Jenner keeps 10 percent of the earnings, Kardashian and her sisters often make thousands of dollars for solo appearances at Las Vegas night clubs and other celebrity hot spots.
"Millionaires like the Kardashians only pay a tiny bit more in taxes than a middle-class Californian," The Courage Campaign said in a statement on its website. "That's not OK, especially when budget cuts are decimating our communities."
The video was posted in mid-December. Kardashian recently debuted a hairstyle that is different than the one she sports in the clip.
Kardashian, who also appears on the new spin-off "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," has said her New Year's resolution was "to really give back more and not make everything so much about myself."
Kardashian is also continuing to branch out of reality TV and recently earned a guest spot on the ABC series "Last Man Standing," which stars Tim Allen. Kardashian will play herself, according to TVLine. The episode will include the middle daughter of Allen's character, who is obsessed with reality shows. An ABC spokesperson confirmed Kardashian's participation.
The reality star has played herself on television before in a 2010 episode of "90210" and in a 2009 episode of "How I Met Your Mother."