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April 18, 2016

Clintons Gave 11% of Income to Charity in 2014; Sanderses Gave 4%

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, had a higher giving rate in 2014 than her challenger Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, according to the Associated Press.

The Clintons donated more than $3 million in 2014, nearly 11 percent of their income, and have given almost $15 million to charity since 2000, according to the AP. The Clintons reported about $28 million in adjusted gross income that year and more than $139 million in income between 2007 and 2014, paying an effective federal tax rate of 39.4 precent on their taxable earnings during those years. 

Mr. Sanders and his wife gave roughly 4 percent of their income to charity in 2014, making $8,350 in donations from about $205,000 in earnings, according the AP. Mr. Sanders and his wife paid a 19.6 percent tax rate on $140,994 in taxable income, the AP reports. 

On the Republican side, it’s difficult to know the giving rates of remaining candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich. GOP hopefuls have not released their full returns, making it impossible to know how much they’ve contributed. 

However, an analysis of a list of Mr. Trump’s donations supplied by his campaign noted that he gave none of his own money to his Donald J. Trump Foundation from 2009 to 2014. A Chronicle article noted that his foundation has been mostly funded by other people. 

Meanwhile, President Obama and Michelle Obama reported donating roughly 15 percent of their income to charity in 2015 — about $64,000 to 34 charities — on an income of a little over $436,000, according to tax returns released last Friday. The giving total is less than in 2014, when the couple donated $70,712 to 33 charities, Reuters reports. The couple’s income fell by 8.7 percent, and they paid an effective tax rate of 18.7 percent on their taxable income. 

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, gave $6,620 to charity, a little under 2 percent of their adjusted gross income of $392,000. The couple paid an effective tax rate of 23.3 percent on their taxable income, according to Los Angeles Times

See a Chronicle review of the 2016 candidates' charitable giving.