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Huffington's Taxes
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Here's a nice hunk of hypocrisy for you. The L.A. Times reported today that Ariana Huffington, one of the better-known candidates for Governor of California, paid just $771 in personal federal taxes and no state taxes over the past two years. Her corporation apparently paid $1,600 in state taxes and no federal taxes for the same period.

The vast majority of you reading this right now probably paid more than this, and it's doubtful you have the income or $7 million house that Huffington lives in.

It's particularly hypocritical, given that her latest column on Arianna Online is about how corporations are cheating America out of taxes with loopholes.

All across corporate America, high-priced accountants are hard at work helping companies avoid billions in taxes by hiding profits in a host of tax sheltering schemes. No summer vacation at the beach reading trashy actuarial tables for these guys. And they're doing a bang-up job: Corporations are currently turning over 30 percent less of their profits to the taxman than they did 20 years ago.

Yeah, I'm sure Arianna took her return to one of those strip-mall accountants, just like everybody else. Her latest book is called "Pigs at the Trough", and she's signed on for a minimum of $700,000.

What a fucking hypocrite.

Her personal salary and wages earned last year was declared as $79,866. She also declared $19,209 in medical expenses. Damn, is she even healthy enough to run for governor?

She donated $46,763 to charity last year, including $6,675 to the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness and a related foundation.

Let's do a little comparison with Schwarzenegger, shall we?

Schwarzenegger earned 31 million dollars in 2000 and 26.1 million the following year, most of it from his movie roles. He paid almost 20 million dollars in federal and state taxes in both years combined, the Times said.

He donated 742,000 dollars to charity in 2000 and 4.1 million the following year, according to CNN.

Beneficiaries included the Catholic Church; the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, a Jewish rights organization; several charities focusing on children; as well as funds for earthquake relief in India and for families of rescue workers killed or injured in the September 11, 2001 attack in New York.

So in 2000 and 2001, he made about $57 million, paid about $20 million in taxes, and gave about $5 million to charity.

I certainly hope the disclosure of Huffington's slimy-ass hypocrisy sinks the hell out of whatever was left of her campaign. Was she thinking that people weren't going to notice this?

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