Obama Gave 0.3% of Income to Church

By Penny Starr | April 14, 2014 | 4:36pm EDT

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their children, Sasha and Malia, walk from the White House through Lafayette Park to St. John's church. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama gave $1,500, or 0.3 percent of his income, to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., according to his 2013 tax return.

The tax return, made public on Friday and filed jointly with first lady Michelle Obama, shows Obama’s income for the year was $503,183. In Schedule A, under “cash contributions,” the $1,500 donation to St. John’s is listed.

According to press reports, the Obamas and their daughters Malia and Shasha have attended the church for Easter services and on the mornings of the presidential inauguration ceremonies in 2009 and 2013.

Press Secretary Jay Carney wrote about the Obamas’ tax return in a blog posted on the White House website on Friday, where he noted the president’s $59,251 in donations for the year to 32 charities.

“The President and First Lady also reported donating $59,251 – or about 12.3 percent of their adjusted gross income – to 32 different charities,” Carney said in the blog. “The largest reported gift to charity was $8,751 to the Fisher House Foundation.”

(AP Photo)

The second largest contribution made by the Obamas was a $5,000 gift to their daughters’ school, Sidwell Friends School. The Obamas donated $4,000 to the American Red Cross and $2,000 to CARE, a world hunger advocacy organization.

The other donations ranged from $1,000 to $1,500, the latter amount being donated to St. John’s and a number of other charitable organizations, including the National AIDS Fund and the Washington Humane Society.

The St. John’s website says that it is known as “The Church of the Presidents,” with every president since James Madison attending the church at some point during their administration, according to author Richard Grimmett in his book St. John's Church, Lafayette Square: The History and Heritage of the Church of the Presidents, Washington, D.C.

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