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Bush donated $210,000 – Candidates report ‘99 contributions

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Texas Gov. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, reported 1999 income of $1.3 million, and charitable donations of $210,000, The New York Times reports.

Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, reported income of $240,930, and charitable donations of $15,197.

Bush’s charitable contributions came partly from a $130,000 advance against royalties for his 1999 book, “A Charge to Keep,” the Times says.

The Bushes took the advance royalty payment as income, paid taxes on the money and gave the rest to charity.

Four children’s organizations – the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and Girls Inc. — received a total of $78,650, or 60.5 percent of the royalties, the Times said.

The Bushes followed the practice of the Clintons, who took royalties from Hillary Clinton’s book “It Takes a Village” and gave away the difference.  Since 1996, the Clintons have given $937,358 to children’s and health charities from book royalties. 

Had they given ownership of the book to charities through a community foundation, charities would have earned $109,000 more on the book. 

Mrs. Clinton gave the copyright for her second book, “Dear Socks, Dear Buddy,” to the National Parks Foundation, ensuring that all proceeds would flow to charity.

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