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Romney Gave 15% ($21.7 Million) To Charity, Obama Gave 1%($10,772). Biden gave a grand total of $369 Does charity(personal $$, not tax payers) influence your vote?

CAPISCE 2012/08/17 13:49:49
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Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his wife Michelle gave $10,772 of the $1.2 million they earned from 2000 through 2004 to charities, or less than 1 percent, according to tax returns for those years released today by his campaign.

The Obamas increased the amount they gave to charity when their income rose in 2005 and 2006 after the Illinois senator published a bestselling book. The $137,622 they gave over those two years amounted to more than 5 percent of their $2.6 million income. …

Romney charitable contributions

Tax year Taxable income Charitable donations Donations as % of income
2010 $21.7 million $2.98 million 13.73%
2011 (est) $20.9 million $4 million 19.14%
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WASHINGTON — USA Today, Matt Kelley
Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife gave an average of $369 a year to charity during the past decade, his tax records show.

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's campaign today released 10 years' worth of tax returns for Biden, a senator from Delaware, and his wife Jill, a community college instructor. The Bidens reported earning $319,853 last year, including $71,000 in royalties for his memoir, Promises to Keep: On Life and Politicsion here...

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  • BifDaddy 2012/08/17 15:44:15
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    BifDaddy
    +8
    Won’t really influence my vote however, it certainly does speak volumes about one’s character.

    Romney certainly in positive light and…well, you know the rest.

    I wouldn’t care if Romney didn’t give a nickel to charity and Obama gave his entire income, Romney would still get my vote.

    Will be interesting to see when team Obama conjures up something negative about Romney’s charitable giving in an attempt to dis Romney thereby endeavoring to make Obama look less like the pathetic, unsympathetic, penny pinching, cheapskate he really is.

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  • Pedalpusher 2012/08/20 04:00:06
    no
    Pedalpusher
    +1
    Influences it a little but I mainly vote on what the person says he can do for this country! I was shocked at what Bidden gives, my husband is retire military and we give a lot more than he does, not even counting our tithing to our church! Also for the people that are trying to say that Romney does't give that much as 10% goes to his church, that still leaves 5% which is 4% more than Obama & Bidden combined! They should be ashamed!!
  • jewel14 2012/08/19 18:47:49
    YES
    jewel14
    1% for Obama? Sorry but that is spreading invalid information and I'm a republican who can't stand the lies for any person regardless of their party affiliation. Google it please for all who don't know or even for those who think they do know.

    The Obamas in 2010 earned $1,728,096 (mostly from books including a children's book) and payed net taxes of $493,004 ($453,770 paid to fed, $51,568 paid to Illinois, refund of $12,334).

    Their net tax rate: 29%

    Romney's net tax rate was around 13% by his accounts.

    Also, the Obamas donated $245,075 to 36 charities including $131,075 to the Fisher House Foundation which creates scholarship funds for kids of FALLEN and DISABLED soldiers.

    That's 20% of their disposable income they gave to worthy and needy charities.

    Romney estimated his taxes to be around 13% and his total donations + taxes to be around 20%.

    The Obamas paid + donated 43% of their total income. More than double the rate of Romney.

    The Obamas are estimated to be worth $10-12 Million.

    The Romneys are estimated to be worth $200-250 Million - more than 20 times as much. Romney's income and net worth come from various and largely unknown investments.
  • CAPISCE jewel14 2012/08/19 18:51:47
    CAPISCE
    +2
    If you have a problem with the info send your so called facts to the USA Today(Liberal paper)
  • Doc CAPISCE 2012/08/20 23:21:26
    Doc
    Jewel definately has the numbers wrong.
  • jewel14 CAPISCE 2012/08/21 17:56:22
    jewel14
    Thanks, but i just want to know where you got your numbers? I'm only seeking the truth, so if you have a reliable source I'll listen.
  • CAPISCE jewel14 2012/08/21 19:10:18
    CAPISCE
    USA Today---Matt Kelley
  • Doc jewel14 2012/08/20 23:20:58
    Doc
    That's comapring apples to oranges.
    The Obama's tax numbers include state taxes, Romney's numbers do not. The Obamas paid less than 25% in federal income taxes. He is in the 1%, shouldn't he pay more?

    He also donated 330K to charity in 2010 and Romney donated 2.9 million
    The numbers you are posting consist of invalid information.
    I got mine from a very reliable source, the whitehouse itself.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blo...
  • jewel14 Doc 2012/08/21 17:53:25
    jewel14
    I agree with the source, the white house is where my numbers came from too. You failed to mention the next line in that link above is "In addition, the President donated his $1.4 million Nobel Prize funds to 10 charities. "
  • Doc jewel14 2012/08/26 18:42:36
    Doc
    +1
    That source neglects the $750K that Romney paid in state and local taxes, while highlighting the $53K that Obama did.

    And how do you feel about a millionaire who gets a $12,000 dollar refund?

    I also failed to mention didn't mention that Romney gave his entire inheretance to a scholarship fund, nor did I mention that while saving the olympics, Romney took NO salary and donated a million bucks of his own money to that cause.

    But you didn't mention that, either, lol! :-)
  • rightside 2012/08/18 22:52:31
    YES
    rightside
    +3
    Especially when bama is all about sharing the wealth. If he can't give much of his own money to charities then he shouldn't expect me to in taxes.
    My husband and I gave 12 times more than biden and we don't make anywhere near him.
    bama likes our money to gold and vacation on. That's where he wants the wealth spread.
  • mac9 2012/08/18 16:45:39 (edited)
    YES
    mac9
    +2
    They show true concern for others using their own money.
  • lark 2012/08/18 03:50:43
    YES
    lark
    +1
    Two let us give with our taxes.
  • JL 2012/08/18 00:48:47
    YES
    JL
    +4
    SIMPLE...CONSERVATIVES EARN AND SHARE....OR, GIVE!
    PROGRESSIVES...TAKE FROM EARNERS...AND, RE-DESTRIBUTE...
  • cynsity 2012/08/18 00:25:57
    no
    cynsity
    +3
    actually none of those PERSONAL VOLENTARY things influence by selection of candidates. I also do not care if the person was born dirty flithy rich or butt poor and worked their way up.
    what influences me is if they WORKED at a paying job/career, If they lead an honest life they are not afraid to make public (and really I dont care who they slept with or what church they attended becasue again that is personal with personal meanings I am not capable of judging). I am also influenced by their political theory as to purpose of government and their philosophy of what and how the purpose of government should be imposed on the people.
    I didn't care that Clinton had an afair with an inter andy more than I cared that JFK had multiple affairs becasue neither used TAX money to support those afairs. I do care that the Obamas have used tax money to support their vaccation habit. If they only used the royalities earned from the publishing of two books I wouldn't care. Government officals can do as they please with their own money same as I can... its when they use my money that I get irate
  • CAPISCE cynsity 2012/08/18 00:27:46
    CAPISCE
    +3
    Do you care that Obama would not pay for his blood brother George health problems?
  • cynsity CAPISCE 2012/08/18 01:04:46
    cynsity
    +1
    Nope. I would care if he tried to use tax money to do so... I wont pay for my brothers health care... he's a big boy and can get a job and pay for his own... bad enough I am in the sandwich generation now paying for BOTH my child's needs and my aging parents needs... but that's a moral personal choice no one forces me to do it so no one should be allowed to judge me if I dont.
  • CAPISCE cynsity 2012/08/18 01:20:14
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Fair enough
  • cynsity CAPISCE 2012/08/18 01:36:32
    cynsity
    +4
    yeah see I dont really care for Mr Obama but its his political philosophy I disagree with not his personal ones. I dont have any personal hate for the man, heck I dont even know anything very "personal" about him. What I know is his actions as president, his words about what he thinks is best for Americans, aka ME, and I disagree.
    I might be a conservitive and I some times vote republican but I tend to try and ignor that D or R and look more at the real actions nad words
  • CAPISCE cynsity 2012/08/18 22:47:03
    CAPISCE
    +2
    I don't either--I would love to have a beer with him and talk sports. It's his politics I hate, it's not really his politics so much--honestly he is a puppet over his head politically but a plesant man.
    Problem is the President should not be popular for his charm, he should be popular due to his results running the country
  • cynsity CAPISCE 2012/08/19 00:02:20
    cynsity
    +3
    totally agree.... As much as I dont like what has happened to this nation it can not all be laid at his feet... congress has a lot to accout for as well, and "we the people" have some owning up to do. And we will all have to understand and accept this or we will never get back on our feet
  • Glitchie 2012/08/17 21:47:46
    YES
    Glitchie
    +1
    Not always, but sometimes it can.
  • Raymond Allamby 2012/08/17 21:30:15
    no
    Raymond Allamby
    +1
    romney is REQUIRED by his religion to donate 10% of his income.
  • CAPISCE Raymond... 2012/08/17 21:32:57
    CAPISCE
    +2
    Does Obama's Religion require 1%?
    Most middle class Americans donate between 8-12 %
  • Raymond... CAPISCE 2012/08/17 21:36:47
    Raymond Allamby
    +1
    obama's religion requires no charity. just encourages it.
  • CAPISCE Raymond... 2012/08/17 21:38:46
    CAPISCE
    +2
    It was sarcasm.
    1% is pathetic and Obama should hide in shame---he sure is no humanitarian
  • Raymond... CAPISCE 2012/08/17 21:50:32
    Raymond Allamby
    +1
    he's trying to guarantee health coverage for every american citizen, seems plenty charitable to me. how much would romney have given, had he not been REQUIRED? my bet is zilch, seeing how he destroyed so many lives with his corporate raiding.
  • CAPISCE Raymond... 2012/08/17 23:44:09
    CAPISCE
    +1
    Oh yea, he's great about giving away tax payer money----he gives it away like a drunken sailor in a whore house when the money isn't his
  • Raymond... CAPISCE 2012/08/18 02:14:39
    Raymond Allamby
    then drunken sailors are responsible for the lowest spending in decades, right?

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/r...
  • JL Raymond... 2012/08/18 03:15:36
    JL
    +2
    AMAZED AT HOW IGNORANT SOME CAN BE....
  • Raymond... JL 2012/08/18 03:18:12
    Raymond Allamby
    looking in the mirror again?
  • JL Raymond... 2012/08/18 03:21:52
    JL
    NO, JUST OBSERVING YOU.AND YOUR SILLY COMMENTARY...
  • Raymond... JL 2012/08/18 03:34:51
    Raymond Allamby
    not as ignorant as refusing to help my fellow americans.
  • JL Raymond... 2012/08/18 00:38:50
    JL
    I DON'T CARE TO PAY "EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN'S " HEALTH COVERAGE.....!!!
  • Raymond... JL 2012/08/18 02:07:38
    Raymond Allamby
    not vey charitable, are you.
  • JL Raymond... 2012/08/18 03:14:49
    JL
    CHARITY IS WHAT I DO WITH MY MONEY...AND PLENTY
    THEFT AND REDISTRIBUTION IS WHAT THE GOVERNMENT AND PROGRESSIVE A'HOLES WANT WITH MY MONEY...
  • Raymond... JL 2012/08/18 03:27:52 (edited)
  • JL Raymond... 2012/08/18 03:30:45
    JL
    ALL THAT $1! IN YOUR EARS, I SUPPOSE...WHY LISTEN, YOU DON'T COMPREHEND ANY WAY...
  • Raymond... JL 2012/08/18 03:35:54
  • JL Raymond... 2012/08/18 11:23:27
    JL
    +1
    HEHEHEHE...THANKS FOR YOUR PUBLIC DISPLAY OF IN-CORRECTNESS AND IGNORANCE....YOUR PROJECTION ON TO ME, UNFORTUNATELY IS TOTALLY WRONG...HAVE A GOOD DAY, BUBBIE!
  • Raymond... JL 2012/08/18 21:18:57

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