Mitt Romney has donated nearly 13.5 percent of his income to charity over the last 20 years, according to a statement from his accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Those charitable gifts reached 29 percent of his income in 2011 when he donated $4 million out of his $13.7 million income, according to a Sept. 21 statement describing the Romney’s 2011 tax returns.
The combination of Romney’s charitable donations and tax payments to federal and state authorities – which averaged 20 percent, and never fell below 13.66 percent — amounted to 38.5 percent of his income over 20 years.
The campaign did not release cumulative numbers for his income, taxes paid or charitable donations.
Today’s announcement refutes claims by Senate Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid, who claimed Romney paid no taxes in some years.
Romney’s generosity contrasts with President Barack Obama’s donations.
Obama gave 1 percent of his income, or $10,772, to charity between 2000 and 2004, according to tax data provided in January 2012. In 2005 and 2006, Obama increased his charitable giving to 5 percent of of his income, or $137,622 on $2.6 million in income. That figure grew to 5.7 percent in 2007.