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$1 million in taxes should equal 1 million votes, says billionaire

Published: Friday, Feb. 14 2014 4:52 p.m. MST

In this Oct. 30, 2007 file photo, Tom Perkins smiles during an interview, in San Francisco. Perkins serves on the New Corporation's board of directors. A billionaire put it pretty simply: If you're paying $1 million in tax money, then you probably should get 1 million votes. (Ben Margot, ASSOCIATED PRESS) In this Oct. 30, 2007 file photo, Tom Perkins smiles during an interview, in San Francisco. Perkins serves on the New Corporation's board of directors. A billionaire put it pretty simply: If you're paying $1 million in tax money, then you probably should get 1 million votes. (Ben Margot, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A billionaire put it pretty simply: If you’re paying $1 million in tax money, then you probably should get 1 million votes.

That billionaire is Tom Perkins, a tech industry leader, who was recently under fire for a letter he sent to the Wall Street Journal. He wasn’t joking about his comment either, as he said that the 1 percent of America is contributing in ways that much of the country doesn’t understand, according to Mother Jones.

"You don't get to vote unless you pay $1 in taxes,” Perkins said, according to Mother Jones. “If you pay $1 million in taxes, you get a million votes.”

Read the full article at motherjones.com.

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