Through her eBay charitable auctions, Kim Kardashian was able to raise nearly $45,000 to be donated to one of her favorite charities, Life Change Community Church (a ministry founded by her mom Kris Jenner and supported by the entire family).
And while that’s an impressive sum, it has since been alleged she pocketed almost half a million dollars for herself in the process!
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Last year, Kim came under fire for donating a mere 10-percent of her profits to charity, which she justified on her blog, writing, “When the eBay numbers get broken down, the auction management agency that posts for me gets a percentage for all of their hard work, then eBay listing fees, end of auction fees, eBay Store fees, Paypal fees, etc., all add up to about half of the sale. Then I give 10-percent to a charity.”
According to tax documents, the church netted $44,917 from eBay (and even if other supporters raised money on the auction site, Kim is still by far the most prominent eBay donor). A new report crunched the numbers, and claims Kim made about $900,000 from her eBay auctions.
Assuming, if the report is true, Kim gave about half to the various people who assist her in the process—the reality star still would have pocketed nearly half a million dollars!
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So what’s Mrs. Kanye West’s response to critics saying she’s benefitting too much from these auctions?
It’s the thought that counts!
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“My dad always taught me the importance of giving back. I don’t publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world,” she wrote on her blog in December.
“I do it because I want to. I do it because my dad taught me to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do.”
Better than nothing, we suppose!