Tax touters seek Kim Kardashian’s support (?)

How better to build support for a millionaires’ tax than to pick on one of California’s most annoying millionaires?

So they must’ve thought over at the Courage Campaign, which launched this video this afternoon:

“We love Ms. Kardashian’s sense of style and we know she gets lots of attention,” Courage Campaign founder and chairman Rick Jacobs said in a news release. “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.”

Seems like a win-win for the would-be taxers. If she agrees with them, it’s a high-profile celebrity endorsement. If she doesn’t, it gins up some blue-collar outrage.

For what it’s worth, I do see that Kim Kardashian is registered as a decline-to-state voter.

The Courage Campaign is a member of the Restoring California Coalition, which is pushing one of the many tax-hike proposals seeking a place on next November’s ballot. The coalition last week touted poll numbers it claims show is most popular among voters and so has the best chance of passing.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood


    Tax the rich! (millionaires and billionaires) (repeat at least four times)

    Give the money to working families (got that? working families, working families)

    If you have any questions call George Miller. He will repeat these talking points ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

  • Jonathan

    Kardashian lacks any real education–maybe because that system is starving for money. Her empty-headed chase after anything ‘bling’ makes her an emblem of what is obnoxious about all the big-billionaires NOT paying higher marginal or base tax rates. She may just be a gold-digger, but the people she relies upon didn’t get there on their own. It’s time for them to give more equitably if the billionaires want their system to survive.

  • A great deal of California’s problem with revenue (aside from being anti- business) is we already depend so much on taxes from the better off, yet these folks want to take that even further? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results. So goes California.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Yeah, Elwood is right! As any good OWSer could tell you, three types of dude nobody likes are : landlords, bankers and moneybags.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    OMG! Don’t forget oilmen, RR.