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Donald Trump gave barely anything to charity compared to his rivals


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This doesn't look good. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Remember the controversy last month surrounding Donald Trump's promise to donate $6 million to veterans?

Well, a new investigation shows--not including that donation--he gave less than $10,000 to charity in the last 7 years.

Over the last 15 years, Trump made promises adding up to $8.5 million for charity. But it doesn't look like many of those were kept.

The foundation Trump set up to give his money to charity donated $2.8 million until 2001. Before 2009, most of the donations halted.

Trump insists he's donated millions privately without using his foundation. So journalists checked the donation lists of Trump-affiliated charities. These were organizations he's given to in the past, appeared at events for, or talked about.

They found only a single donation in the last 7 years.

In 2009, Trump gave between $5,000 and $9,999 to the Police Athletic League of New York City.

Including the $1 million he donated to veterans after people started asking where the money from his $6 million fundraiser went, Trump gave $3.8 million to charity in the last 15 years. He's promised much more, but says he gave money quietly--so quietly there's apparently no public record or evidence of it.

How does Trump's philanthropy compare to other 2016 rivals?

The Clintons' tax returns show they gave almost $15 million between 2007 and 2014.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has donated at least $10,000 to charity in the last year, his spokesman said. And it's worth noting Sanders made only roughly $200,000 last year, putting the Democratic socialist's income on a different scale than Trump's or the Clintons'.

Former Republican candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz faced criticism a few months ago for giving less than 1% of his income to charity.

Oh, and records from the '80s and '90s show a lot of Trump's charitable givings have gone to causes that actually benefit Trump: like his own high school and college alma maters, his daughter's ballet school, his son's private school, etc.

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Donald Trump gave barely anything to charity compared to his rivals

Dana Brown

Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.

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