During an event at a UVa, a student called out Beto O’Rourke for hardly giving any money to charity, and the 2020 hopeful appeared frazzled and did not have a ‘good’ answer for the young girl.
Daily Caller reported that An unnamed student at the University of Virginia asked former Democratic Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, during a Tuesday meet-and-greet on campus, why he gave less to charity than a recent college graduate.
The Texas Democrat then appeared to defend the relative pittance he has donated to charity by asserting that he has given to charities that he didn’t write down or report.
“I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, my state, and now, my country,” he continued. “There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways that I do this that are immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that are recorded and itemized, and others that we donate to that we have not.”
The Washington Post reported that O’Rourke only donated $1,166 to charity during the 2018 tax year. He reported an income of $370,412. In fact, over the last 10 years, his donations exceeded 1% of his income only one of the years, which was his first as a representative on Capitol Hill.
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders donated just over 1% of his total income last year, and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren donated 5.5% according to her tax information.
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