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Bush’s charity – Paid $449,827 in taxes

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Texas Gov. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, gave $210,165 to charity in 1999, or 13 percent of his reported income of $1,610,400, The New York Times reported Oct. 21.

The GOP presidential candidate and his wife paid $449,827 in federal income taxes, or 27.9 percent of their income.

About half the governor’s assets are held in a blind trust at Northern Trust Co. in Chicago.

Bush received $130,000 as his share of the advance for “A Charge to Keep,” a book he wrote with Karen Hughes, communications director for his presidential campaign.

He donated the entire amount to the Boys and Girls Clubs, Dan Bartlett, a campaign spokesman, told the Times.

The Democratic candidate, Vice President Al Gore, and his wife, Tipper, contributed $15,000 to charity in 1999, or six percent of their income of $240,930, the Associated Press reported Oct. 21.

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