- - Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Video urges Kardashian to pay more in taxes

Kim Kardashian, can’t you pay more? Proponents of a proposed tax increase on millionaires in California are asking that question of the outsize personality, who has parlayed her reality TV celebrity status into fame and personal fortune.

According to the Associated Press, an online video from the Courage Campaign targets the star of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” as part of its campaign for a proposed November ballot initiative to raise taxes on the wealthiest Californians.

The video ad flashes images of Miss Kardashian enjoying the good life, proclaiming that “being on TV has changed my life, because you get lots of free stuff.”

It says Miss 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 www.taxkimk.com, urges Miss 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 says.

A spokeswoman for Miss Kardashian, Pearl Servat, did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

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.

Trump announces new slate of ‘Apprentice’ hopefuls

Mob boss widow Victoria Gotti, singer Clay Aiken and former IndyCar champ Michael Andretti are on tap for the next edition of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Host Donald Trump announced the new batch of contenders on Wednesday’s “Today” show, the Associated Press reports. They also include “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Teresa Giudice, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, rock star Dee Snider and “American Chopper” star Paul Teutul Sr.

Other contenders: radio host Adam Carolla, comedian Arsenio Hall, singer-actress Aubrey O’Day and magician Penn Jillette.

Rounding out the rivals are model Cheryl Tiegs, singer Debbie Gibson, “Star Trek” actor George Takei, singer Tia Carrere, actress-model Patricia Velasquez and “The Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno.

“Celebrity Apprentice” returns for its new season Feb. 12.

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