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LA Mayor Karen Bass declined $600 gift basket from the Kardashians

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass declined a lavish gift basket sent to her personally by the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Kim Kardashian reportedly sent Rep. Bass a swag bag totaling an eye-watering $600 — which was packed with everything from her shapewear brand Skims, to liquor, hot sauce, and several pricy beauty items, according to Reuters editor Ben Welsh.

The mayor was sent the gift on April 30, according to Welsh, but Bass declined to accept it for ethical reasons.

Among other gifts the mayor also declined included a $97 necklace, $100 mobile tablet, a $260 custom jersey from MLS club LAFC, a wardrobe worth $400 and $220 worth of ski shirts and jackets, according to Welsh’s report.

The gift bag was ultimately returned to its rightful owner due to the city’s ethics commission stating that “gifts from reportable sources are limited to $590 per source per year.”


Kim Kardashian reportedly sent Rep. Bass the gift on April 30, but declined to accept it for ethical reasons.
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This means that Kardashian’s basket would tip the gift $10 over the limit.

The city of Los Angeles has strict rules in place regarding gifts and their monetary value.

Elected officials are prohibited from accepting gifts, however they can accept items worth up to $100 if they are sent from a restricted source, such as a person who has financial ties to the city.

Any gift totaling more than $50 is legally required to be disclosed, according to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission.


Bass has reportedly received more than 130 gifts since she was sworn in as Los Angeles' mayor in December.
Bass has reportedly received more than 130 gifts since she was sworn in as Los Angeles’ mayor in December.
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Kardashian's swag bag for Bass totaled $600, and was packed with everything from her shapewear brand Skims, to liquor, and hot sauce.
Kardashian’s swag bag for Bass totaled $600, and was packed with everything from her shapewear brand Skims, to liquor, and hot sauce.
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The outlet reports Bass has received more than 130 gifts since she was sworn in as Los Angeles’ mayor in December.

And gifts from the Kardashians aren’t the only ones Bass was forced to decline during her time in office.

Welsh’s report shows that the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Bass a $229 gift consisting of a custom jersey, sweatshirt and yearbook — all of which were declined.

Bass spurned another L.A. sports team, sending back two jerseys totaling $260 sent to her by the soccer team Los Angeles FC.

Other gifts she was forced to decline include a $156 skincare package from an herbal supplement company, and a $400 gift set of shirts, jackets and shoes by Howard Sunkin, a former Dodgers executive.



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