Beto Says Running For President Is A Charitable Donation

Beto Says Running For President Is A Charitable Donation

Beto Says Running For President Is A Charitable Donation

Beto O’Rourke and his wife released ten years of tax returns the other day. All in an effort to presumably coerce Trump into releasing his. Of course folks were going to review them and ask questions about his meager history of charitable donations.

“O’Rourke released 10 years worth of tax returns Monday night, joining a growing list of Democratic presidential contenders to put their personal finances on display. He and his wife, Amy, filed jointly and reported $366,455 adjusted gross income in 2017.

They paid $81,019 in federal income tax that year and donated $1,166 to charity — a giving rate of just 0.3%, which is well below the national average. Nearly all of that went to Annunciation House, an organization that helps migrants.

From 2008 to 2017, the O’Rourkes reported and deducted a total of $24,295 in charitable donations, ranging from an annual low of 0.2% of gross adjusted income to a high of 4.3%.”

Well isn’t that interesting? With his salary and all the money she has from her family, they scrimped and saved, and managed to pony up a whopping .3% to charity.

This from a guy who tap danced his way through signing NOT SIGNING the Sunrise Movement’s pledge regarding campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry. 

“O’Rourke reportedly told members of the Sunrise Movement, a progressive group that brought the pledge, that he won’t take money from executives, lobbyists or political action committees. But he added that he would accept donations from workers.

“If you work in the oil fields, you answer the phones in the office, if you’re one of my fellow Texans in one of our state’s largest employers, we’re not going to single you out from being unable to participate in our democracy,” the former Texas congressman said during a campaign stop in Virginia, according to Bloomberg.”

His fence straddling is getting better with every campaign stop. All that counter surfing and arm flailing in diners and restaurants has probably helped.

Last night Beto went to the University of Virginia for a rally and questions from students. One such question was about the O’Rourke family’s record of puny donations.

“Stumping at the University of Virginia on Tuesday night, O’Rourke was asked about his charitable giving by Maura Nakahata, senior from Alexandria, Va., who is majoring in chemistry with a minor in government. She pointedly challenged him to explain why, with income seven times that of her sister, he gave less to charity.”

Which led to this response.

What in the wide world of salads was that mess? Did he really say that his time on the campaign trail is a charitable sacrifice for the American voters? Why yes, he certainly did.

“There are charities that we’ve donated to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we’ve donated to that we have not,” O’Rourke said. “I’ll tell you, I’m doing everything I can right now, spending this time with you, not with our kiddos, not back home in El Paso, because I want to sacrifice everything to make sure that we meet this moment of truth with everything we’ve got.”

This guy.

Beto is so stupendously awesome that we should be applauding his sacrifice! He’s donating himself to America therefore his past record of paltry donations to charity has been surpassed by this one amazingly bold move!

What a guy! Such a giver!

By the way, while Beto is trying to convince himself and the rest of us that his campaign is the ultimate campaign donation, he’s going to have to write the IRS a check for at least $4,000 after underpaying their taxes in 2013 and 2014. OOPS.

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  • GWB says:

    Nearly all of that went to Annunciation House, an organization that helps migrants.
    In other words, he donated to a leftist political organization, not a charity.

    a high of 4.3%
    That’s actually somewhat high. I wonder what happened that year.

    There are charities that we’ve donated to that we’ve recorded and itemized, others that we’ve donated to that we have not
    Me too. But those are generally very small donations compared to what I do itemize, and they’re usually cash. If you’re doing it the other way around then I have to wonder about your economic sense.

    He’s donating himself to America
    Which Hall will they put him in, in the Smithsonian? Next to the First Ladies’ dresses?

    underpaying their taxes in 2013 and 2014
    Well, been there, too. But I had to pay mine by April 15, not 5 years later.

  • GWB says:

    Oh, and there’s more!
    Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday said he made “thousands of dollars” in charitable donations not reflected in his tax returns, claiming his campaign is working to find evidence of contributions amid criticisms of the 2020 hopeful’s low giving rate. (emphasis added)
    from Politico, via Twitchy.

    Oh, and the *very* first reply on Politico’s Twit stream?
    And OJ is looking for the real killer
    Exactly perfect. *makes the fingertips to the lips then exploding out motion*

  • matthew w says:

    The ego needed to say that

  • Sandra says:

    Instead of his presence being a gift, I will say it is more of a bain to our existence.
    We really don’t need him out there giving us a headache. His nonsense truly
    does give me a major headache. He is a good cure for insomnia.

  • Luigi says:

    We have another Obama In the making in terms of spinning his bullshit around and his self emulation. His presence on top of a table waving his arms in all directions is annoying left alone the shit that comes out of his big mouth.

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