Saturday, April 16, 2016

Sanders and Clinton's Tax Returns

According USA Today, here are the numbers for Sanders and Clinton's 2014 Tax Return:

Sanders' Tax Return

Sanders and Wife's combined income $205K, Sanders and his wife, Jane, including charitable gifts of $8,350. They paid $27,653 in federal income taxes and $7,903 in Vermont income taxes in 2014. Their income is largely derived from Sanders’ Senate salary of $174,000 and Social Security benefits.

Clinton's Tax Return

Clinton released her tax returns, filed jointly with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, in July. They show the couple earned just over $28 million in 2014 and $27 million in 2013, more than double the $13 million they earned in 2010, when she was still serving as secretary of state. The 2014 total included $10.5 million in speaking fees for Hillary Clinton, $9.8 million in speaking fees for the former president, and $6.4 million he earned from "consulting." In a statement, Hillary Clinton noted the family had given $15 million to charity since 2007. The tax returns show $14.8 million of that went to the Clinton Family Foundation.

Most of Clinton's income comes from TALKING  - $20.3M a year. That is $3476/hour for both of them talking 8 hours a day every day for year. Note that Hillary Clinton's one year speaking fee is 198 times of the median income of a 4 person household in US.

Clinton noted that they donated $15M for charity since 2007. The truth is they donated $14.8M of the $15M to their own foundation Clinton family. Guess who works at the foundation? Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

What a contradiction to "fighting for you"! What an irony!!

Closing

Voters need to compare what are said to what are done by the candidates, use their brains to digest numbers.


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