John Kasich wrote a whole book about about good moral values like “honesty, personal responsibility, integrity, and the importance of leaving the world a better place.”

It seems like he missed one though: Charity.

Comparing the two candidates’ records of charitable giving shows another glaring difference between the two men.

Kasich’s income was over 6.5 times that of Strickland and yet the Governor gave more money to charity. The difference become really clear when you consider that Strickland’s giving was 17.67% of his income while Kasich’s was only 2.39%.

Here are the numbers…

Governor Strickland
Income: $174,025
Charitable Contributions: $30,749
Percent of Income: 17.67%

John Kasich
Income: $1,145,156
Charitable Contributions: $27,326
Percent of Income: 2.39%

 
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    That's interesting. So is this:

    http://tinyurl.com/4edwqc

    And this:

    http://tinyurl.com/2fvmds

    No such blog post to follow, I'm sure. Maybe John Kasich should have given more to charity. Maybe not. After all, it is his business how much he gives to charity.

    But if John Kasich should have given more to charity, certainly Joe Biden and Barack Obama should also have, no?

    Also, does Sarah Palin get any credit for her charitable giving record?

    Probably not.

  • Biden gave crap. Oh well. Not relevant.

    Percentage wise, Obama gave 2.5 times Kasich. Palin less than Kasich. Again, hardly worth posting about.

    The important point here is that Republicans seem to think they just deserve credit for being the bearers of the morality banner.

    But when it comes down to it Strickland shines and Kasich comes in far, far behind.

    I know you guys hate the Governor because he wants to help poor kids get healthcare and a decent education but at the end of the day he's done at least 7.5 times more to live up to your conservative ideals than any of your closest competitors.

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    I personally couldn't care less. Kasich's a big phony. So is Strickland. Couple of lifetime government payroll losers (Kasich's bogus no-show job stint on Wall Street post-Congress notwithstanding).

    All I'm saying is that it's silly to play the “who gave more to charity” game with politicians because inevitably, it is easily pointed out that somebody on your team is a bigger cheapskate than the guy you called, well, a cheapskate…

    “I know you guys hate the Governor because he wants to help poor kids get healthcare and a decent education but at the end of the day he's done at least 7.5 times more to live up to your conservative ideals than any of your closest competitors.”

    I don't know what that means. Ted Strickland gave more money to charity than John Kasich last year. OK. Ted Strickland also lives in a mansion for free and doesn't pay for his meals or transportation, so I guess a cynic could criticize him for not giving more.

    I couldn't care less if John Kasich gave zero dollars to charity last year. Or if he gave a billion. Ditto Ted Strickland or any other politician. What's it got to do with anything?

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    One other thing. I read today that about half of Strickland's charitable contributions were to a foundation that maintains the grounds at the governor's mansion and a contribution to retire federal debt to offset the cost of his and Frances' health insurance.

    I don't know about you, but planting flowers at my own house and paying for my own health insurance aren't charitable contributions in my book. And without these, it turns out Kasich gave MORE to charity than Strickland!

    This really is a silly little blog post. It's funny that the Twitterers picked up on this. Hopefully the tweeters read my comments?

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