Consumer Watchdog has been growling for a while about global corporations that use a tax loophole to pay less in California corporate taxes than in-state companies. Four major companies–Kimberly Clark (Kleenex, Scott toilet paper), General Motors, Chrysler and International Paper–have even launched a major lobbying campaign in the state to save their selfish loophole. They are happy, obviously, cheating the state of a billion or more dollars a year that could keep teachers in jobs, the disabled out of nursing homes and parks open.

Now there’s a ballot initiative, Prop 39, that’s aimed at closing the tax loophole, and one of its first public blasts is this funny video, “The Tax Dodger Olympic Dash”–track and field for billionaires.

Along with the video is a text tidbit, revealing that the same companies fighting to keep their loophole in California fought just as hard to keep such tax loopholes out of their home states. There’s nothing like a heaping helping of corporate hypocrisy to start the day!
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Posted by Judy Dugan, research director for Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an effective voice for taxpayers and consumers in an era when special interests dominate public discourse, government and politics. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter.