Santorum the Stingy?

When Rick Santorum released his income taxes, one thing became clear.

He gave only 2.2% of the more than $3.6 million in total income he earned since leaving the Senate.  Mark DeMoss is incredulous:

At best it shows political bad judgment and at worst it shows a lack of personal commitment to a principle that religious conservatives and political conservatives believe in, which is being generous with our money.”

“And so I just think it’s a mistake. And look, Santorum and (Newt) Gingrich, these two candidates, they’re not the first to appear on the low end of this spectrum. Every four years we see it. And im always surprised. I am always surprised that someone running for president or who actually becomes president doesn’t have a record of a higher percentage of giving.”

DeMoss stressed that he’s not brought up the topic of Santorum and Gingrich’s charitable giving with Romney headquarters. In his own life, DeMoss said he gives away 20 percent of his family income to charitable causes.

“This is just something I feel strongly about myself,” he said. “We’ve been blessed. I’ve been very fortunate in my life. And I’m not running for anything. But if I were running I’d make sure that number stayed up there because I think it looks good.”

For comparison,

Santorum gave just over 2 percent of his income to charity over the four years covered in the returns he released, reaching its lowest percentage in 2010 at 1.76 percent. For the same year, Romney gave 13.8 percent of his income to charity, and President Obama donated 14.2 percent. (Newt Gingrich, for comparison, gave away 2.6 percent)

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  • randy

    For these percentage comparisons to be truly meaningful they need to go beyond this year (one datapoint is not a trend or really revelatory of much of anything). What has the President been giving annually for each of the last 6 years (two years before he announced??)? Not just since he has been President (with it’s giant spotlight), but before he sought the spotlight? My guess is that Romney is the only one with much of a positive (or consistent) trendline.

    • http://www.NancyFrench.com Nancy French

      Good point – I think Rick released for four years…

  • http://PatrioticMoms.com Mila

    It’s interesting that candidates who give the least in charitable contributions often want to give government the most power to force “charitable giving” via taxes.

  • Rick

    I think this is an important issue for those considering Santorum. He has portrayed himself as the true conservative and a man of true spiritual faith that conservatives should trust. His lack of generosity toward the faith he has given allegiance to shows a level of hypocrisy and betrayal of his faith that should give any Republican pause. By his deeds, Romney has shown himself to be a man of true commitment to his faith and an inspiration to all Evangelicals to go and do likewise in support of the propagation of the gospel of Christ.


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