Cory Booker's tax returns show an eye-popping financial stat that sets him apart from other 2020 Democrats

Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Human Rights CampaignSen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
  • Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and 2020 presidential candidate, released 10 years of his tax returns on Wednesday evening – and one financial stat stands out compared with the other Democratic candidates.
  • Last year, Booker made $US152,639 (his US Senate salary), paid $US22,781 in federal taxes, and donated $US24,000 to charity.
  • His charitable-donation amount is a little more than 15% of his 2018 income, making him the Democratic candidate who gave the largest percentage of their salary to charity, out of those who have released tax returns.
  • One other difference in Booker’s tax returns? Unlike the other candidates, he doesn’t file jointly with a spouse. Booker is dating the actress Rosario Dawson but is not married.
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Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and 2020 presidential candidate, released 10 years of tax returns on Wednesday evening – and one financial stat stands out compared with other Democratic candidates.

Last year, Booker made $US152,639 (his US Senate salary), paid $US22,781 in federal taxes (a 19% tax rate), and donated $US24,000 to charity.

His charitable-donation amount is a little more than 15% of his 2018 income, making him the Democratic candidate who gave the largest percentage of their salary to charity, out of those who have released tax returns.


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Here’s how he stacks up with other Democrats vying for the White House, according to calculations from The Washington Post:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders and his wife gave 3.4% of their $US566,000 income.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband gave about 1.4% of their $US1.9 million income.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her husband gave 5.5% of their $US906,000 income.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her husband gave less than 2% of their $US338,500 income.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her husband also gave less than 2% of their $US215,000 income.
  • Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state and his wife gave about 4% of their $US203,000 income.
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and his wife gave 0.3% of their $US370,412 income in 2017 (the most recent year released).

President Donald Trump has infamously resisted releasing his tax returns, so we don’t know his percentage donated. Trump’s charitable giving has been the subject of several investigations, including the Post reporter David Fahrenthold’s Pulitzer Prize-winning articles about Trump’s personal charitable donations and those made through the Trump Foundation. The foundation was dissolved last year amid accusations of “persistently illegal conduct” from the New York attorney general.

Cumulatively, Booker has given roughly $US460,000 in charitable donations over the past 10 years, CNN reported.

Booker’s tax returns also show that before 2018 a bulk of his income came from royalties and speaking fees. Politico said that “Booker reported $US2 million in public speaking fees from 2009 to 2014 and $US987,077 in royalties from 2015 to 2017.”

One other difference in Booker’s tax returns? Unlike the other candidates, he doesn’t file jointly with a spouse. Booker is dating the actress Rosario Dawson but is not married.

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