Kim's Charity Auctions? Not So Charitable

Kardashian only gives 10%: Fox News

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2012 10:48 AM CST

(Newser) – If you were looking for another reason to dislike Kim Kardashian, Fox News has one for you: When Kim, worth an estimated $35 million, auctions off her stuff through eBay Giving Works, she only gives 10% of the proceeds to charity. Though the percentage is disclosed on each item's page, "many times the public assumes that all the proceeds go to charity and not the celebrity," says a PR professional. "But that is often not the case." Sister Khloe usually gives 15% of her auction proceeds to charity.

A source close to the family defends the 10% figure by pointing out that most of the items auctioned off are things the Kardashians bought, as opposed to swag they were given, and notes that they have "privately" donated more in the past. The auction story is far from the only anti-Kardashian news today:

  • Kim who? The New York Post learns that Warren Buffett, when asked about Kim Kardashian by Time, replied, "I’ve seen her name, but I wouldn’t be able to tell what she does but put her name in the paper."
  • No Kardashians: The Huffington Post relates an anecdote from yesterday's edition of CBS Morning, during which Bravo's Andy Cohen revealed that Anderson Cooper would ban the Kardashians from his daytime talk show if he could. Cooper made the pronouncement during a game of "Plead the 5th" on Cohen's show; click for more.

In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, Kim Kardashian appears at Bloomingdale’s to promote her Belle Noel jewelry line, in New York.
In this Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, Kim Kardashian appears at Bloomingdale’s to promote her Belle Noel jewelry line, in New York.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
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