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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Kerry's Pre-Campaign Charitable Giving

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

In my prior post comparing Pres. Bush and Sen. Kerry's respective charitable giving as reported on their recent tax returns, I noted that "charitable giving knowing that one's tax returns are to be released to the public is not the best measure of a person's heart for charity." An alert reader points to a Florida Times-Union story reporting that Kerry was much more parsimonious in his giving before he considered running for the Presidency:

Pre-Campaign Mode:
1991: $0
1992: $820
1993: $175
1994: $2039
1995: $0

Campaign Mode:
1999: $21,995
2000: $19,221
2001: $22,370
2002: $18,600
2003: $43,735

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Paul, you're a gentleman, and a scholar!

Posted by: Fausta | Apr 21, 2004 1:24:24 PM

This is a little late, so I don't know if anyone will read this, but there is actually a much different (not to mention much more likely) reason for the discrepancies noted here. He married Heinz in 1995 or 1996.

Posted by: Jim Thomason | Apr 30, 2004 11:41:44 AM

Actually, the fact that he married Heinz shouldn't change anything. He was making well over $100,000 a year AND LIVING WITH FRIENDS and RELATIVES in his "wandering years" of the early 1990s. In 1993, he managed to find $8,000 for an imported Ducati motorcycle (which he swapped for a Harley just before appearing on The Tonight Show). In 1993 he gave $175 to charity.

Posted by: RC | May 4, 2004 8:20:00 AM