After the totally ridiculous conversation we had about charitable giving and tax returns, I thought I would follow up with the release of Clinton’s tax returns. Long story short, the Clintons has made $109 million, approximate 9.5% going to charity and 31% to taxes.
I couldn’t find the actual returns for Hillary Clinton as the .pdfs had not been attached yet, but I have perused the Obama returns. Regarding charities, I thought it might be interesting to see what he contributed. His 2006 return was incomplete, or at least the one I saw was, because it didn’t include all of the supporting statements. However, in 2005, Obama contributed 25,000 to the Illinois Reading Counsel, 20,000 to the Rochelle Lee Fund (another literacy program), 5000 to his church, and 16,000 to CARE (an organization that addresses poverty). The remaining 11,315 was to assorted other charities.
I was able to pull up the Clinton Family Foundation’s 990 for 2006, and last year they donated $1,270,900 to many charities for variable amounts. The charities were: The Mikva Challenge (in honor of former Clinton advisor and is dedicated to encourage high school kids to be active in the political process); Wellstone Action (an organization dedicated to “progressive social change”); American Nurses Foundation; Shakespeare Theatre Company; the School of American Ballet; $75k to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund; Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (supporting fallen military heroes and their families); Pulaski Heights Baptist Church; Central Arkansas Library System; The National Bureau of Asian Research; Clinton Birthplace Foundation; University of Arkansas Foundation; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Georgetown University; Immanual Baptist Church; Thea Foundation (dedicated to Arts and youth); Vital Voices Global Partnership (dedicated to promoting female leadership globally); American University; Wellsley College; WNYC (New York Public Radio); University of Arkansas – Clinton School; and three more pages of groups that I am now to lazy to record. But there were a lot.
This all probably means bupkus. But still. Its more of what we pursued earlier.
UPDATE: Just for full disclosure, this site is claiming that there is $18 million unaccounted for between the summary found on CNN as to how they made their money and how much was actually reported on their tax return. This means the information is floating around there somewhere, CNN was just too lazy or thought it was unimportant to put up. I could go find out where the difference is coming from but I am also too lazy.