The Hillary Clinton campaign’s “Meet Hillary” contest will subject its winners to hundreds of dollars in taxes.
The Clinton campaign announced the contest Thursday with a webpage featuring Clinton taking a selfie with a bright-eyed supporter. The contest offers a “free trip to our first big rally” and “a one-on-one chat with me,” Clinton said in a promotional email.
So what exactly do the lucky Clinton supporters win?
“Two winners will receive a special invitation to a campaign event with Hillary Clinton, round trip tickets for winners to event from within the 50 U.S. States, DC, or Puerto Rico, two nights hotel accommodations (approx. retail value of all prizes $2000),” according to the fine print.
But wait — there’s more!
“ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF WINNER(S),” according to the contest’s official rules.
So if a middle-class individual wins the cash-free $2,000 prize, he or she would have to pay 25 percent on the winnings — resulting in $500 in new taxes.
Winners in the bottom tax bracket will be on the hook for $200 and folks in the top bracket would have to pay $792.
Would you pay hundreds of dollars for a “one-on-one chat” with Hillary Clinton? If so, apply by June 5.
Just make sure you’re in the country legally. Sorry, no DREAMers welcome.
“Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 states, DC or Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or age of majority under applicable law).”