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Senator John McCain’s charitable works don’t appear to be terribly impressive. As I reported here a few months back, he has essentially been the sole contributor to the John and Cindy McCain Family foundation, which between 2001 and 2006 made contributions of roughly $1.6 million, of which more than $500,000 went to his kids’ private schools. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
Last Friday, wife Cindy — heiress to Hensley & Co. and a major Anheuser-Busch distributor – whose net worth is approximately $100 million — “cav[ed] to overwhelming pressure…and finally released a two page summary of her 2006 tax return,” reports perrspectives.com. “A quick glance at the filing explains her hesitation to let her tax returns see the light of day. As it turns out, Mrs. McCain gave only 1% of her $6 million income to charity in 2006.” And just like her husband, most of her contributions “went to private schools attended by her children.”
Note: Perrspectives.com added an update to say, “It is not possible to gauge the full scope of Mrs. McCain’s charitable contributions based solely on the limited disclosure Friday…[She] Her may well have given more than 1% of her $6 million income to charity in 2006 from separate assets. But without either the release of her full return – or a statement from the McCain campaign – we’ll never know.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Chances that a deep breath inhaled today will contain a molecule from Julius Caesar’s dying breath:
Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences, by John Allen Paulos, Hill and Wang (N.Y.C.)
The earth once had three moons; the two lost moons may have crashed into the surviving moon, or been sucked into the sun, or flung out of the solar system to drift through deep space.
In Florida, an 87-year-old World War II veteran flying touch-and-go drills in a Cessna collided with an airborne skydiver. “There was a ‘woof’ sound,” said a witness, “like falling on your face into your pillow.”
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”