Stormy Daniels protests Illinois’ “pole tax”

Illinois State Capitol Building- Springfield – Studstill Media Photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels is protesting the Illinois surcharge on live adult entertainment centers. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, read a two-minute statement beneath the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the state Capitol. She says the tax unfairly ties nude dancing to violence against women and that it “takes money out of the g-strings of hardworking young dancers. The six-year-old surcharge is nicknamed the “pole tax.” It taxes strip clubs that serve alcohol $3 per patron or a share of the club’s gross receipts to fund battered women’s shelters.