Insight into Candidates through their gifts to charity
I had a few minutes to also consider Barack Obama's record:
Then Barack Obama's past caught up with him and his ties to Wright did not look so good, so he left the church.
He also contributed $13,107 to the Congressional Black Caucus (helps to buttress political allies), a contribution he classified as a charitable donation. Note to myself: on April 15th, see if I can have my political contributions to Republican groups classified as donations to charity.
Sen. Barack Obama released seven years of prior tax return documents on Tuesday. And a review of the records reveals several newsworthy, albeit minor, disclosures.
Obama's family donated a relatively minor amount of its earnings to charity. From 2000 through 2004, the senator and his wife never gave more than $3,500 a year in charitable donations -- about 1 percent of their annual earnings. In 2005, however, that total jumped to $77,315 (4.7 percent of annual earnings), and to $60,307 in 2006 (6.1 percent).
The money went to several organizations. More than $27,000 total was given to Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ, whose former pastor Jeremiah Wright has dominated recent news coverage. Other charity gifts included: Muntu Dance Theater, a Chicago-based company that performs contemporary and classic African dance, which received a $5,000 donation; The Rochelle Lee Fund, a literacy organization, which received a $20,000 donation; the Illinois Reading Council, which received a $25,000 donation, and CARE, the poverty fighting organization, which received a total of $31,000 in donations.
Obama also classified a $13,107 contribution to the Congressional Black Caucus as a charity gift.
"It is jarring that a couple earning over $200,000 per year would give as little as $2 per week to charity (Editors note:that would be the Bidens). This giving compares very unfavorably to John McCain, whose tax returns show that he gave 27.3%-28.6% of his income to charity in 2006-2007.