(Okay, I was wrong about Kerry donating zero percent and Bush twenty. Kerry over five years donated .5% and Bush donated 7.9%.)
Kerry's returns from 1995 and earlier, before his marriage to Heinz, have sometimes attracted criticism over the issue of charitable giving.
In 1995, according to published reports, Kerry reported a taxable income of $126,179, and charitable contributions of $0.
In 1994, he reported income of $127,884, and charitable donations of $2,039.
In 1993, he reported income of $130,345, and contributions of $175.
In 1992, he reported income of $127,646, and contributions of $820.
In 1991, he reported income of $113,857, and contributions of $0.
As far as Bush is concerned, in 1991, the future president, then a private citizen, reportedly had income of $179,591, and charitable contributions of
In 1992, Bush reported income of $212.313, and contributions of $31,914.
In 1993, Bush reported income of $610,772, and contributions of $31,292.
In 1994, Bush reported income of $474,937
In 1995, income of $419,481.
Published reports at that time did not list Bush's charitable contributions for those two years.
Kerry, earned $625,911 in that five year period and donated $3,034 to charity. That's .5% of his income.
Bush, who earned $1,893,091 and donated $91,442 (more likely the amount was over $150,00 if the missing years were added). Even minus the two missing
years that's 4.8% of his income. If you assume that Bush's donations were actually $150,000 (probably a low estimate) over the five years, he would
have donated 7.9% of his income to charity.
[edit on 27-11-2004 by SourGrapes]