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2011 Taxes: How Much Did Romney Donate To Anti-Gay Mormon Church?

by David Badash on September 21, 2012

in News,Politics

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Mitt Romney at 3:00 PM ET today released his 2011 tax return, all 379 pages, and declared that he donated $1.1 million to the Mormon Church — The Church of Latter Day Saints, and $1,15,484, to be specific.

Note: This is a minimum number. Stay tuned as we crawl through the 379-page document, which, by the way, seems to place most of Romney’s income from foreign investments.

READ: On Our Radar – The Romney Millions And The Damage They Have Done

The Mormon Church (LDS), while it no doubt does excellent charity work, also was the primary supporter of California’s Proposition 8, which we now know was an unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage in the Golden State. The Mormons, or the Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) worked tirelessly to pass the constitutional amendment in 2008, and, as many believe, is also the primary funder of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage.

The LDS Church leadership urged all Mormons to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.”

“Local church leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership—sometimes quite specific—to fulfill this call,” notes Wikipedia:

The response of church members to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive, such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California. About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state. ProtectMarriage, the official proponent of Proposition 8, estimates that about half the donations they received came from Mormon sources, and that LDS church members made up somewhere between 80% and 90% of the volunteers for early door-to-door canvassing. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the support of the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to support the Proposition.

Mitt Romney did not declare all his charitable deductions — effectively paying more in taxes than required, and effectively disqualifying him from holding the office of president, per his own words — so we don’t know to what other charities he donated another estimated $2 million.

Via the Romney campaign:

  • In 2011, the Romneys paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in mostly investment income.
  • The Romneys’ effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1%.
  • The Romneys donated $4,020,772 to charity in 2011, amounting to nearly 30% of their income.
  • The Romneys claimed a deduction for $2.25 million of those charitable contributions.
  • The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor’s statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.

And via Think Progress:

Romney has previously defended his low tax rate — which, at 14.1% is significantly less than many middle class families pay — by saying he is simply being pragmatic in meeting his legal requirements:

I don’t pay more than are legally due and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.

If Romney had taken all of the deductions available to him under the tax code, he would have paid closer to a 9 percent tax rate in 2011. In attempting to match up his tax rate with his prior statement, Romney is paying more in taxes — and by his very own standard — disqualifying himself from the presidency. It’s worth noting that under Romney’s tax plan, he would cut his own rates even further, and would have paid little to no taxes under Paul Ryan’s 2010 budget, which would have eliminated the capital gains tax.

 

Related: 

America Spends $71 Billion Annually Subsidizing Tax-Exempt Religion

NOM Founder And Mormon Church Tied To First Report Of New Anti-Gay Parenting Paper

Romney Promises To Propose Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

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{ 8 comments }

Dave_Koch September 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

This is all a smokescreen people!!! We need to see more tax returns for the years BEFORE Romney manipulated the numbers to satisfy a run for the presidency. Those returns will show how Romney received IRS amnesty for tax fraud and evasion. We need to see more tax returns for the years BEFORE he manipulated the numbers to satisfy a run for the presidency.

NotDaveKoch September 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

You're an idiot Dave.

Dave_Koch September 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

You must be another Romney tool that Romney pays to create these phone Internet profiles. But hey, the GOP has done a magnificent job of corralling all of the easily manipulated and frightened, right-wing, homophobic, Galactically Ignorant, low information knuckle draggers.

EW8 September 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I am a Mormon. The LDS Church is not anti-gay. They're against gay marriage, believing (like most other Christian churches) that marriage was defined by God as between a man and a woman. In other respects they're for tolerance, equal job and housing, etc. Nor does the LDS Church ask for people to show tax returns, because tithing is voluntary. It is a choice. Nothing in the LDS Church is from coercion. The core of the LDS Church is to follow Jesus Christ, and above all else Christ loves everyone, not force them. That is what believing Mormons try to do too. Thanks for listening. http://www.conservativemormonmom.blogspot.com

psmithphd September 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has on its rolls a number of individuals who have homoerotic feelings, in effect are attracted sexually to members of the same gender. This in and of itself does not stand in the way of the Church reaching out in love toward these individuals. I have relatives in this category. They are children of God, equally loved and of value to Him.

The Church is pro-family. We are not against homosexuals, but rather believe that, as the apostle Paul said, "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:11). We interpret this to mean that God has ordained marriage between men and women and wishes all of us to foster and encourage these type of unions. It is clear from the Holy Scriptures that God does not encourage sexual relations outside of marriage, neither for heterosexuals nor for homosexuals.

Phillip C. Smith, Ph.D.

BrotherFrench September 26, 2012 at 1:16 am

DO MORMONS THINK SAME SEX ATTRACTION IS A SIN?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not consider same-sex attraction itself to be a sin! Period, end of story!

On the other hand, sexual transgressions are sinful no matter who commits them. Therefore, here is a question or two for those who think God should not hold all people to the same moral standards.

There are tens of millions of heterosexuals who for one reason or another never have a chance to marry. My question is – doesn't God expect those people to remain chaste and morally clean all the days of their lives?

That prompts another question. Wouldn't God be a prejudiced and discriminatory God if he excused those with same sex attractions from keeping those same commandments as this group of heterosexuals?

BrotherFrench September 26, 2012 at 1:16 am

DO MORMONS THINK SAME SEX ATTRACTION IS A SIN?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not consider same-sex attraction itself to be a sin! Period, end of story!

On the other hand, sexual transgressions are sinful no matter who commits them. Therefore, here is a question or two for those who think God should not hold all people to the same moral standards.

There are tens of millions of heterosexuals who for one reason or another never have a chance to marry. My question is – doesn't God expect those people to remain chaste and morally clean all the days of their lives? Of course he does.

That prompts another question. Wouldn't God be a prejudiced and discriminatory God if he excused those with same sex attractions from keeping those same commandments as this group of heterosexuals?

BrotherFrench September 26, 2012 at 1:23 am

I think Biden's percentage of charitable contributions was something like .005 percent. If you want to get on to somebody I suggest you try him.

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