Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke recently visited the University of Virginia campus for a standard meet and greet with college students. During the session, an unnamed UVA student proceeded to call out Rep. O’Rourke for giving less money to charity than college students and recent college graduates.
According to the Dallas Morning News, after 10 years’ worth of O’Rourke’s tax returns were released, he was asked about his “charitable giving rate” (which sits at 0.3 percent) by the unnamed University of Virginia student. Specifically, O’Rourke officially paid $81,019 in income taxes in 2017, while only reporting $1,166 in charitable donations.
“You just released your tax returns. I was talking to my sister about this and we were wondering why, as someone who earns seven times as much of an income as she as a recent college graduate does, gives less in charitable donations than she does.” Said the UVA student.
Instead of offering any type of real relevant answer, the Democrat Rep. instead tip toed around answering the question, and directed his focus to President Trump and the fact he never released any of his tax information.
“So first of all, I think that we would all like to ensure that every person that holds the highest position of power and public trust in this country releases his or her taxes, so we can understand if there are any real or perceived conflicts of interest. So we hold ourselves accountable as I am doing with you right now.”
The Democrat Rep. from Texas went on to claim he has given to numerous charities, but never reported or documented any of the acts of charity...
“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.”
“But I’ll tell you that I’m doing everything that 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 that we’ve got,” he concluded. “So if you have not read those tax returns, they’re online now for your scrutiny. Just know this: I will continue to try to be as transparent, and as forthcoming as I possibly can be.”
According to the Washington Post, Rep. Beto O’Rourke claimed an income of $370,412, while donating $1,166 to charity. Over a ten-year span, Beto’s donations exceeded 1% of his income only once, marking his first time as a representative on Capitol Hill. Rep. O’Rourke was also recently found to have underpaid his taxes by more than $4,000 during the 2013 and 2014 tax seasons. Via the Daily Caller.