Why would she wonder that, one might ask? Well, you see, lefties are evidently completely out of their minds. As Twitchy reported, the first bout of liberal outrage after Romney’s tax information was released was that he paid too much in taxes. No, really. Now, they must be humiliated by his incredibly generous charitable contributions. You see, Romney leads by example. This does not suit.

Plus, as we know, it is the Left that is full of anti-Mormon bigotry. So, the next unhinged outrage?

Romney’s staggering charitable contributions do not count. Because, Mormon church. Or something.

Sneer quotes! It’s not really charity, if it’s icky old Mormons!

And here it comes …

https://twitter.com/vazqueztyler/status/249234923825795072
https://twitter.com/dan_verg_/status/249234679276904448

https://twitter.com/JohnPiddock/status/249237356358553600

https://twitter.com/JohnPiddock/status/249238307358248960

https://twitter.com/MJayRosenberg/status/249236476469080065

https://twitter.com/MJayRosenberg/status/249235870589263873

The unhinged, it scorches!

Zing! Bingo.

This is all they have and it’s easy for them to hop right on that train, being anti-Mormon bigots and all. And, clearly, not knowing the meaning of charity and giving. All they do is take.

  • douchie

    If his charitable giving didn’t pay for someone’s birth control or sex change operation, then he’s a close-minded bigot…

    • conservativechick

      Especially since some went to a church! Unreal.

    • conservativechick

      Especially since some went to a church! Unreal.

    • Robert Tulloch

      What an idiot. IQ 65 or is that too high?

      • dave lewis

        I believe you missed the sarcasm.

      • Penmar

        Too high, it’s 47, like in 47 percent!

  • J Riesbeck

    This is a chillingly disgusting series of posts condemning church donations. These people are sick.

    • Elaine

      These haters just do not know how to respond to this story! It’s got their undies all in a twist! LOVE IT. They didn’t get their “GOTCHA” tax return results they wanted. BOO HOO.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

        Kinda like Sarah Palin’s emails. Nothing to see here.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Ohhh…..yeah! Whatever happened to those?

    • Elaine

      These haters just do not know how to respond to this story! It’s got their undies all in a twist! LOVE IT. They didn’t get their “GOTCHA” tax return results they wanted. BOO HOO.

  • Streetiebird

    From lds.net: Tithing goes to the expenses of running the church on a daily basis. It goes toward church buildings and temples, and keeping the infrastructure going, as well as subsidizing Church-owned schools, colleges, and universities.

    • Derelictus

      Your anti-Mormon bias has been noted here and on the other thread.

      • Streetiebird

        lol k

      • Streetiebird

        lol k

    • Derelictus

      Your anti-Mormon bias has been noted here and on the other thread.

    • Garth Haycock

      Yawn. Bigotry and intolerance from you again. Don’t you have anything else?

      • Streetiebird

        I’m very tolerant. I just think it’s silly to consider all tithing to be charity, no matter the religion.

        • http://www.facebook.com/steph.vt.9 Steph VT

          As a Catholic, there were many times that donations were requested by our church for specific items such as a new parish athletic center, building repairs to the on-campus convent, and relief aid to needy in foreign countries. Giving to the Church was always considered a donation to charity regardless of where they chose to target the funds.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          You’re not very tolerant judging from all the complaining you do on this site. You’re especially not religiously tolerant.

          • Streetiebird

            I’m very tolerant of religion actually. Your side is intolerant of Islam in its entirety. I’m totally cool with the Mormon church, I just don’t think using a church as a tax shelter is a very noble thing for a President to do.

          • http://www.facebook.com/alain.dao.37 Alain Dao

            Giving to a church is not noble? Please define noble.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Don’t waste time trying to argue with this asshole. BTW, Mohammedans are also under obligation to tithe and give to charity, it’s called zakat, but I’m sure Twatface here can find some rationale to explain why that’s “different.”

          • Lee Barrows

            Islam is a religon of hate read the koran they are to kill all who disagree with their religion I did read that horable book

          • Streetiebird

            And in the old-testament the same is true. You can burn down neighboring villages if they’re non-believers. These anti-islamic pundits and loud-mouths ignore the inconvenient parts of Islam so that they can demonize them. The same can be done with Christianity, so watch out what generalizations you make.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nedraf Nedra Fleming

            I find you intolerant of any religions but Islam.. where anything goes with you anytime. Just saying

      • Streetiebird

        I’m very tolerant. I just think it’s silly to consider all tithing to be charity, no matter the religion.

    • Garth Haycock

      Yawn. Bigotry and intolerance from you again. Don’t you have anything else?

    • John Fowler

      And those examples you gave are all charity. Thanks for backing Mitt up on this one, Streetiebird.

      • Streetiebird

        Hey no problem, it would just be cool if it was the kind of charity people normally think about when someone says “charity”.

        • John Fowler

          Well, I guess most people think of UNICEF or the American Heart Association or something, but a lot of churches run food pantries and pay for poor members’ heat in the winter and so on. It’s more than just paying the church building’s mortgage, and people forget that. Not talking about super-churches, but your every day garden-variety church, many of them are not anywhere near as well off as you’d think. A lot of churches even waive tuition for their parochial schools and those teachers get a salary, there are text books to be purchased, etc.

          • Streetiebird

            Cool.

          • Enola Hoffman Christensen

            None of the building’s have a mortgage. They are paid for in full before the ground is even broken! The church does not believe in going into debt! The country could learn something from Mitt!

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            He prolly thinks none of the money going to UNICEF ends up in some 3rd word dictator’s pocket or paying the monthly on some UN bureaucrat’s limo. Or that the Red Cross or Heart Assc. don’t have buildings to maintain and numerous functionaries on payroll.

        • John Fowler

          Well, I guess most people think of UNICEF or the American Heart Association or something, but a lot of churches run food pantries and pay for poor members’ heat in the winter and so on. It’s more than just paying the church building’s mortgage, and people forget that. Not talking about super-churches, but your every day garden-variety church, many of them are not anywhere near as well off as you’d think. A lot of churches even waive tuition for their parochial schools and those teachers get a salary, there are text books to be purchased, etc.

        • repubteach

          Streetiebird- you can think of charity any way you want. You can also spin it any way you want-fact is, churches do more for other people of non faith than almost any other charity organization out there.Our church takes in money for homeless people and it doesn’t matter if they belong to a church or believe in God. We also sponsor several food drives throughout the year- especially during those terrible Christian holiday times-and give it to a food bank that has nothing to do with a church. We do neighborhood clean ups, help build houses for habitat for humanity, put out fliers to help people with lawn care, shoveling, or any other household projects…and we don’t ask if the believe in God. And that is just the tip of the iceberg of what we do-just because we actually care about others

        • Enola Hoffman Christensen

          The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the biggest and most organized Welfare department in the world with 100% of donations going to feeding, caring for and educating the poor. It is run 100% by it’s members, any admin costs are absorbed by the church. I have had the privilege on many occasions to volunteer for this, and it is an incredible thing! I would think that people would consider this as “charity”. Try getting ALL the facts before you suggest that the church isn’t a charity!

          • Streetiebird

            Awesome! But we’re talking about money from Tithing which goes to day-to-day church operations.

          • http://www.facebook.com/alain.dao.37 Alain Dao

            So you have proof that all $4 million dollars Mr. Romney claimed for 2011 was from Tithing? Please provide proof.

          • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.grimwood Stephanie Marie Grimwood

            How do you expect them to keep the lights on. Is a little fairy going to come down and pay the electric bills or pay the water?Seriously We freely give 10% of our income to our church. No one comes down and holds a gun to our head. We do it because we believe in it.

        • http://twitter.com/Two_of_Five Amie Holladay

          So in other words, it would just be cool if it was an “approved by lefties” charity? You’re such a twit! I love seeing your posts pop up. Keep it coming 😀

      • Streetiebird

        Hey no problem, it would just be cool if it was the kind of charity people normally think about when someone says “charity”.

    • John Fowler

      And those examples you gave are all charity. Thanks for backing Mitt up on this one, Streetiebird.

    • tisha

      And what do you think other churches tithing money goes to fund?…Running their churches…The LDS Church is involved with more charity than you could possibly imagine.

    • tisha

      And what do you think other churches tithing money goes to fund?…Running their churches…The LDS Church is involved with more charity than you could possibly imagine.

    • Bill

      Figured you would be here spreading your secular bias around. It is charitable contributions of this size that make the left’s mouth water – what they could do with $4 mil.

      • Streetiebird

        lol cute

    • fivegreatkids

      keep going with the rest of the quote. You are leaving out a number of other things.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        I didn’t even bother looking it up, but I had a solid hunch that a lot was left off the end of that sentence. Old way to lie.

    • fivegreatkids

      keep going with the rest of the quote. You are leaving out a number of other things.

  • Streetiebird

    From lds.net: Tithing goes to the expenses of running the church on a daily basis. It goes toward church buildings and temples, and keeping the infrastructure going, as well as subsidizing Church-owned schools, colleges, and universities.

  • Sam

    Students at BYU, one of the top 100 schools in the United States, have 70% of their tuition covered by the tithes of the Mormon Church. Looking at the website of LDS charities, I can’t think of a single one I object to, and I am not a Mormon.

    • Guest

      Can you prove that claim?

      • Sam
        • Derelictus

          Aaaahh, facts! Run!

          • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

            I love it that it’s generally an “anonymous” guest who posts stupid crap? Can you prove that? Why yes! Yes I can! It’s like turning a light on, and the roaches scatter. :) Bring those facts! I’m not a Mormon either, but the fact that several of the tithing commitments made by their members go to education, shelter, food banks …. I can not honestly put something down like that. Because, isn’t that the very definition of charity through church?

          • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

            Real charity is proving you care. By force of law, w/other ppls money!

          • FangedFaerie

            If it was “real” charity, Romney wouldn’t have used a tax right-off.

          • [email protected]

            Laughable…..After that hard work you must need a drink of Kool-Aid. Go grab you a glass all the adults in the room will wait. Go ahead!

          • http://www.facebook.com/julia.pettyjohn Julia Moon Pettyjohn

            Now this is a truly stupid remark. Do you not take your charitable contributions as a deduction on your taxes……or do you not donate any money to charity?

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            God, I can’t even make any sense of THAT one!

            As for your riposte — I suspect that FF is =dependent= on charity rather than a contributor.

            Bless his heart.

          • Kevin Krom

            @facebook-1464813809:disqus Most likely someone who doesn’t pay income taxes.

          • http://twitter.com/katja136 Eliza Smith

            You mean “write”-off…and…this statement is ludicrous. Giving money to hungry, poor, downtrodden, whether or not through a church of any denomination, is, by definition, “Charity”. But since the Left is running not on issues but against Mitt the evil money hoarder, this line cannot stand, so they say church charity doesn’t count. Stupid.

          • http://twitter.com/katja136 Eliza Smith

            You mean “write”-off…and…this statement is ludicrous. Giving money to hungry, poor, downtrodden, whether or not through a church of any denomination, is, by definition, “Charity”. But since the Left is running not on issues but against Mitt the evil money hoarder, this line cannot stand, so they say church charity doesn’t count. Stupid.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

            Were you this upset when Obama took the charitable deduction for his donations?

          • Timothy Crenshaw

            The last time I checked the left was screaming because he didn’t take the tax write-off for his charity which is actually the only way you over pay your taxes when you file them. Get the picture now?

          • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

            So, if you really appreciate living in your own home, you shouldn’t use it as a write-off? Can you explain your comment?

          • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

            These bastards promised, and failed at “Transparency”. Now ya want truth too? Have you ppl no heart…he’s only 1 man. You can’t “Fundamentally Transform” the USA w/these “distractions”. LOOK, squirrell! (Look squirrell= the new sarc tag?)

        • Derelictus

          Aaaahh, facts! Run!

        • Paula Noakes

          You’re nicer than I was feeling, Samantha Ellis! My daughter’s at BYU-Provo right now, and we’re very grateful for the opportunity she has to bee there!

          • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

            I see what you did there. Utah is the Beehive state so you typed, “…opportunity she has to BEE there!” /snark

          • Paula Noakes

            Actually that was just a typo, @Gary Dewyn. Sorry. Blame it on the migraine I’ve had for a week due to the smoke in our air. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

        • Marques Bradley

          Some of these facts are a little misleading. The first link shows that LDS students paid a total of $15,056, and non LDS students paid
          $19,756. LDS contributions here are less than 70%

          The LDS charity webiste lists NOTHING about college tuition. More about neonatal training and other healh related issues.

          The Forbes list only shows BYU’s admission statistics, and fails to mention if any tuition is supplemented by the LDS.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            And your point is . . . ?

          • Catchance

            You’re pathetic! Look at what you’re doing. Stop and take a look in the mirror, and THINK about what you’re doing. You are so intent on making Mitt Romney look bad for ANY REASON WHATSOEVER that you’re actually looking at where the LDS money goes? Why don’t you instead look at where the GM bailout money went, or the money given to Solyndra? Any reasoning that you may have once had has clearly flown out the window. You hate Mitt for the simple reason that you can’t bear to admit that your President is an incompetent fool at best, and at worst a traitor. (See “Open Mic With Putin”.) It used to be ‘Bush Derangement Syndrome’ or BDS. You’ve got RDS in spades!

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_32KB4BKYYDJW3HMFBV47T7IPYU pragmatic

            the church receives no gov money for BYU. nada, zippo, zilch. beacuse if you take gov money, the gov tells you what to do. – it’s entirely church supported.
            the support for students isn’t necessarily through direct tuition supplimentation (though there are scholarships), but in keeping costs down so that college is affordable for many more families.
            compare tuition rates between BYU and other entirely private schools – if you can find one. my girls attended a private school where the latest tuition/room/board is now a hair’s breadth under $45K per year. significantly more than BYU.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Bravo, dear lady.

      • Sam
      • Patrick L

        Yes. My cousin attends BYU. He’s in his 3rd year. It’s amazing the amount of charity work that the school does. He spends a great deal of his weekends doing charity work.

        But you’ll probably dismiss that. So why bother.

        • Kelly Marie

          I’m not a Mormon but I’ve known a lot of Mormons. The rest of us could learn from how they raise up young people to be servants.

        • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

          @disqus_9RcwUP1jvF:disqus – That’s awesome! Again, I’m not a Mormon, but those who do Charity work, the REAL Charity work out there are a boon still to those souls who suffer. It’s amazing what people do when they are part of a Community effort. Rather than some Govt. Bail Out Program.

      • Patrick L

        Yes. My cousin attends BYU. He’s in his 3rd year. It’s amazing the amount of charity work that the school does. He spends a great deal of his weekends doing charity work.

        But you’ll probably dismiss that. So why bother.

      • Paula Noakes

        How about you do some Googling and find it yourself? Idiot.

      • Paula Noakes

        How about you do some Googling and find it yourself? Idiot.

      • Michael Rice

        It is nto a claim. It is a fact. A claim is “ROmney may not have paid taxes” and “Bush never served in National Guard”…and ..oh never mind, I am making sense which means it is beyond your line of thinking..

    • Guest

      Can you prove that claim?

    • Chantiel Vance

      The Mormons also gave tons of food, clothes, etc. to Hurricane Katrina Victims as well as victims of other hurricanes, earthquakes, and major disasters home and abroad. They help people with rent, groceries, counseling and medical costs, vehicle repairs, food, utilities…many who are not LDS. If the need is great enough, this help can go on for MONTHS at a time, and the only thing asked (if you are able) are small acts of service for your fellow man. The church also NEVER forces anyone to pay tithing…it is a choice to make it an obligation, not a thieving of your income. It is also left between you and god to decide what constitutes 10%…gross, net, bonuses…whatever you feel is a fair and honest and can live with in your heart. So it is a choice, almost every penny goes to help people of all walks of life…how is this not charity? BTW, the tax code allows for donations to ANY religion to be considered as charitable deductions.

  • Sam

    Students at BYU, one of the top 100 schools in the United States, have 70% of their tuition covered by the tithes of the Mormon Church. Looking at the website of LDS charities, I can’t think of a single one I object to, and I am not a Mormon.

  • [email protected]

    I have to say that I hope the dumb [email protected] in the MSM attack Romney for his charitable giving. The MSM will lose all credibility if they do it. No one will listen to anything the MSM says if they try to jump Romney on this. Everyone will just be disgusted by an attack like that. The only way they are of value to Obama is if people see them as credible. This will really hurt Obama in the long run.

  • [email protected]

    I have to say that I hope the dumb [email protected] in the MSM attack Romney for his charitable giving. The MSM will lose all credibility if they do it. No one will listen to anything the MSM says if they try to jump Romney on this. Everyone will just be disgusted by an attack like that. The only way they are of value to Obama is if people see them as credible. This will really hurt Obama in the long run.

  • Postbackxp

    The Libs would not of been happy if Romney had paid 100% in taxes to them
    Their fair share is if the rich pay a110% if the Rich are conservatives.

    Now lets see Barrys school records and Harry the Ferrets tax returns for ten years.
    Not saying Harrys got Ferret blood in him but some unnamed sources have.
    Just saying.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Poor Ferrets.

    • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

      There is no line on your 1040 for graft, illegal land deals, union kickbacks and using campaign funds for personal use. Also, it may, or likely not, raise a flag for his writing off Pedastery equipment.

  • Postbackxp

    The Libs would not of been happy if Romney had paid 100% in taxes to them
    Their fair share is if the rich pay a110% if the Rich are conservatives.

    Now lets see Barrys school records and Harry the Ferrets tax returns for ten years.
    Not saying Harrys got Ferret blood in him but some unnamed sources have.
    Just saying.

  • SAndrews

    Mandatory? Required? Do you get arrested if you do not comply? Taxes? Those are mandatory. Don’t pay those and ultimately someone with a gun comes looking for you. Donations to your church (whatever your church) are NEVER mandatory.

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.g.walls.7 Sarah Goyne Walls

      Thank you. This is exactly what I was thinking. No surprise it is from the same people who think we should be required to give to the government whatever they think is fair.

      • Orangeone

        And they pay absolutely zero in taxes themselves!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.g.walls.7 Sarah Goyne Walls

      Thank you. This is exactly what I was thinking. No surprise it is from the same people who think we should be required to give to the government whatever they think is fair.

    • http://twitter.com/bkyoungs Bethany Cutler

      Yes, mandatory. You can’t go to the Mormon temple if you are not paying a full tithing and you can’t get to the highest heaven if you aren’t going to the temple.

      • SAndrews

        That means that if you WANT to go to the Mormon temple or you WANT to get to the highest heaven you should CHOOSE to comply. There is not a gun to your head. Same with Nancy Pelosi and Caroline Kennedy CHOOSING not to comply with their own church’s views regarding abortion.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Hmm…explain the other 20% he donated then? Was that required too?

        • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.grimwood Stephanie Marie Grimwood

          The other 20% you would have to ask him what he did with it. But as a member of our church no one comes around with a gun telling us to pay tithing it is done because we want to. It is all done in private we don’t go around showing each other how much we paid. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we believe that everyone has a choice and we give freely.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            I implied in my post that that 20% was paid to the church charity. So obviously that is where it went. People were saying 10% was mandatory and I merely pointed out that he paid 20% on top of that.

        • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

          Di, only for Honorable ppl that truely care about their fellow man.
          And since the LDS is such a charitable group to ALL, I find the rumors that Mitts’ dad was on welfare total BS. I’m sure he could have networked himself into a subsistance job from his fellows.
          From what I’ve read they are a prideful people, but not to a fault. Most of their community giving is almost annonymous, showing humility. They give aid and comfort, education, REAL hope, time of themselves…. to their fellow citizens of all stripes.
          They don’t “community organize” ppl into victomhood, rancor and riotous grievance mongers w/o hope.
          Where that other 20% went (and the 10%), as Stephanie says, is between him and his God. W/so many worthy causes out there I’m sure it was worthy of his generousity. Likely annonymously. It is none of our biz, and THAT shows a MANS true humility.
          I believe that all ppl should sit down and contemplate all they have, and bad things they don’t have. Perhaps Mitt can be an inspiration for the Gratitude that we should ALL have.

      • Enola Hoffman Christensen

        We don’t pay tithing because it is “Mandatory”, we pay for the blessings we receive, one of which is the blessings of the temple. If we don’t pay, no one knows but you and God and your standing in the church never changes. the law of the tithe isn’t something new you know..look it up! It’s in Isaiah

        • shimauma

          Malachi 3: 10 also. God challenges His followers and promises Blessings for tithe but curses those that don’t. I’d say Mitt is just trying to avoid being cursed by God, kinda prudent if you ask me.

          • Sheerie Knoll

            OR, as he is following the bible and tithes, he is receiving blessings from the Lord. That is kinda AWESOME if you ask me

          • shimauma

            I concur!

          • Kelly Marie

            Than what’s with the other 19% if all he’s after is avoiding the curse he’d stick with 10.

          • Charles Hammond Jr

            Most of those offerings probably goes to the LDS fasting or humanitarian funds.

            The fasting funds are used to take care of the less advantaged in other parts of the world through local LDS congregations. If there’s a particular area that needs a lot of help the Global LDS church sends money to that particular area.

            The humanitarian funds are used when disaster hits to send emergency supplies to the affected areas.

            As general church doctrine states: Tithing is for the church. The fasting and humanitarian payments however are requested according to your ability to pay. If you’re poor… not much is expected.

          • shimauma

            Well I would say that is plain old generousity, but some libturd politician or journalist would prolly accuse him of brownnosing to God.

          • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

            Amen!!

      • wrenhal2010

        Ok guys… I can attest here from friends… They do keep track of how much you’re donating and if your amounts change then the elders have a visit with you to talk it over. They may not truly say you HAVE to, but they do make it necessary to be a good mormon, and being a good mormon means everything to them.

        • TiLiNi

          That’s not the way it works exactly. I am Mormon and my husband served several years alongside our Bishop. Tithing is private and between the tithe-payer and the Lord. The Bishop has a standard Churchwide list of questions for basic qualifications (includes an honest tithe) if someone wants to go on a mission or go into the sacred temple or hold certain leadership positions. No one in the Church has authority (or the time really) to investigate every person’s financial records for verification. Tithing is done by each member’s honor. No one is forced to obey commandments. Everyone has a choice. And every choice has a consequence. And just because someone pays tithing doesn’t necessarily mean they are perfect Mormons. There is an annual tithing settlement where the Bishop discusses your tithing with you to see if the Church’s records reconcile with your records. Hope this long explanation was helpful to someone 😉

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004427466466 Scott Campbell

          Everyone I know that Tithes to the Morman Church does it anon.

          • wrenhal2010

            You’re going to tell me that they don’t write checks?

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Are you going to te me you never heard of cash or money orders?

        • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

          Is this another one of hairy reids’ claim that Mitt had not paid taxes for a nice round number of 10 years? “Word has it”..”it’s out there now”….”A guy I rode an elevater w/told me”??? Weaksauce indeed.

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Are these the same friends that tipped off Harry Reid that Mitt was a tax felon?

        • AMSilver

          The only times you are ever asked about tithing are at a temple recommend interview (which is where you schedule a time with the Bishop to discuss whether you meet the moral standards that must be met to enter the temple) and at the end of the year when a person can choose to schedule a tithing settlement. At tithing settlements, one sits down with the Bishop, reviews the total amount donated over the year and states whether they have paid a full tithe, a partial tithe, or no tithe. Both of those interviews are completely voluntary and initiated by the member and not by the church heirarchy. While the Bishop will announce during meetings the times when he will be available to schedule tithing settlement meetings, and provide a way for people to schedule an interview (often a sign-up list taped to the door of his office), that’s all there is by way of ‘pressure’ put on a member to pay tithing. If your friends have had different experiences, then they’re dealing with an individual/s who have not been following the church’s direction on the issue.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

        Will they excommunicate if you don’t REGULARLY tithe? Don’t knows, just asking.

        • APO_AE_09173

          No. Excommunication is reserved for reall bad things, child abuse, spousal abuse, adultry, murder–Felony ciminal activity that sort of thing. Or as a request by a member who chooses not to be a member any longer. (My father-in-law took that path).
          It doesn’t have the same definition as it does in the Catholic church.
          Respond to this post if yo have more questions-I am happy to answer honestly and factually.

        • AMSilver

          As APO said, no they don’t. In fact, even if you pay nothing in tithing, you can still attend meetings, take the sacrament, and even serve in various callings in the church. There are certain blessings you won’t receive (going to the temple, holding certain priesthood offices), but there are no punishments proscribed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004427466466 Scott Campbell

        Bethany, Thats Hogwash and you know it. Why come here and make statments that are untrue ?,

      • Postbackxp

        So Beth you are a tithing expert.
        Please tell us more.

    • http://twitter.com/bkyoungs Bethany Cutler

      Yes, mandatory. You can’t go to the Mormon temple if you are not paying a full tithing and you can’t get to the highest heaven if you aren’t going to the temple.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

      Does Harry Reid tithe? And why do I think of hairy reeds every time I hear his name?

      • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

        Windowless van, duct tape, rope, butcher knives, shovels and other Pederast supplies are NOT charitable contributions.
        But Media Maters is a charitable deduction? Isn’t that a much bigger story? Biz-F’ng-Zarro!

        • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

          Uh yeah . .. but . .. um . .. .let me be clear . . .it . . uh . . . HEY CHENEY SHOT SOMEBODY IN THE FACE!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Joe Biden certainly doesn’t even though his church “requires” tithing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

        I *wish* that was what I thought about when Reid’s name comes up. Ugh!

  • SAndrews

    Mandatory? Required? Do you get arrested if you do not comply? Taxes? Those are mandatory. Don’t pay those and ultimately someone with a gun comes looking for you. Donations to your church (whatever your church) are NEVER mandatory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marizy31 MaryEllen Smith

    Typical. The dims are gullible, ignorant and nasty……..They give to no one,,Only other people’s money…….

    • SAndrews

      That’s one of the reasons Planned Parenthood was so up in arms when Susan G. Komen reconsidered their contribution. If they had to survive without federal money and what they blackmailed out of Komen, they would never be able to make it.

      • Catchance

        Except for the $millions from abortions.

    • SAndrews

      That’s one of the reasons Planned Parenthood was so up in arms when Susan G. Komen reconsidered their contribution. If they had to survive without federal money and what they blackmailed out of Komen, they would never be able to make it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marizy31 MaryEllen Smith

    Typical. The dims are gullible, ignorant and nasty……..They give to no one,,Only other people’s money…….

  • Derelictus

    So can we call the left certifiably insane yet? Honestly, I’m without words. These are the same folks who backpedal and apologize for anything Muslims do.

    • Elaine

      I’m with you. This is beyond ridiculous and DESPERATE. I don’t hear one word about CHEAPO BIDEN, the share and redistribute big mouth, only giving $190. one year! Pathetic much?

      • repubteach

        Hell- my husband and I give more to charity than Biden does and I am certain he makes much more money than we do. And if it goes to a good cause it should never be questioned in or out of the church-then people need to stop complaining.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

        NOW WAIT A MINUTE!! For 2011 the Bidens increased their charitable giving by MORE THAN 5X that amount. They gave $995. A cool grand would’ve been over the top, though. /sarc

    • Elaine

      I’m with you. This is beyond ridiculous and DESPERATE. I don’t hear one word about CHEAPO BIDEN, the share and redistribute big mouth, only giving $190. one year! Pathetic much?

  • Derelictus

    So can we call the left certifiably insane yet? Honestly, I’m without words. These are the same folks who backpedal and apologize for anything Muslims do.

  • Nick

    Is this the time to point out how the Mormon Church mobilizes in response to a Hurricane?

    • J. Cox

      They sure do.Here in KC…the Mormon church was one of the first to have stuff packed and headed south after Katrina.I bet one day didn’t pass while our Lutheran Church was down there,that we didn’t bump into a LDS member.(and there were lots of them)

    • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

      I don’t believe you will see this publicized, among any honorable religion. It goes to the decent groups’ humilty. Most churches work by attraction of these acts, rather than self promotion. As it should be.
      Now you will see the Feds mugging/photo op-ing, and giving cash cards for strip clubs and casinos though!
      And I do my best, whenever I can and w/o a disaster, to support single moms. One dollar at a time ;)=
      Yeah, I’m going to hell!

  • Nick

    Is this the time to point out how the Mormon Church mobilizes in response to a Hurricane?

  • garbones

    @MJayRosenberg See where it all goes – helping people is not bull!@#!
    http://providentliving.org It’s about helping people not enslaving them. Best regards.

  • garbones

    @MJayRosenberg See where it all goes – helping people is not bull!@#!
    http://providentliving.org It’s about helping people not enslaving them. Best regards.

  • D’Wayne

    So if he has to tithe 10% of his income, that is a little over 1.3 million to the church. He donated over 4 million. So according to the left this some how some way discredits the other 2.7 million he donated? What about Biden’s 995 bucks? Does all that count?

    • J.N. Ashby

      Yay math!

    • J.N. Ashby

      Yay math!

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Great now you’ve lost them. Math is too hard for Liberals and Regressives to comprehend.
      Even if the Regressives understand what you wrote there, which is 100% true, they will claim he did it for some selfish reason, which of course he didn’t. They will find out where the money’s being donated and make up some sort of scandal.

    • Kelly Marie

      Because Biden wants to take other people’s money and give it to these people, who criticize how much and to who other people give. Duh (it’s the all about me party”

  • D’Wayne

    So if he has to tithe 10% of his income, that is a little over 1.3 million to the church. He donated over 4 million. So according to the left this some how some way discredits the other 2.7 million he donated? What about Biden’s 995 bucks? Does all that count?

  • John Fowler

    There’s a lot of bad info and cynicism in those tweets. What I don’t understand is why so many of them say it’s not charity. I’m not sure they know the meaning of the word. But, after all, they’re leftists–they think paying taxes is a good deed, as opposed to a mandatory legal obligation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

      While they were tweeting about the LDS they were hallucinating from LSD.

  • John Fowler

    There’s a lot of bad info and cynicism in those tweets. What I don’t understand is why so many of them say it’s not charity. I’m not sure they know the meaning of the word. But, after all, they’re leftists–they think paying taxes is a good deed, as opposed to a mandatory legal obligation.

  • Derelictus

    The left’s utter hatred for the Mormon Church is on full display here, as is their evident loathing of religion in general (except for Islam).

  • Derelictus

    The left’s utter hatred for the Mormon Church is on full display here, as is their evident loathing of religion in general (except for Islam).

  • Owen007

    Would someone mind pointing the liberals in other thread over here? After all, they wanted proof of liberal outrage over Romney releasing a tax return. Well, there it is.

  • Owen007

    Would someone mind pointing the liberals in other thread over here? After all, they wanted proof of liberal outrage over Romney releasing a tax return. Well, there it is.

  • http://twitter.com/highlander_m Margaret_H

    “Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are “to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all.” Quote Mormon.org I am not of this faith but I really dislike Bigots!!

  • http://twitter.com/highlander_m Margaret_H

    “Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are “to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all.” Quote Mormon.org I am not of this faith but I really dislike Bigots!!

  • PoliticallyJadedNow

    The left has gone batshit crazy over this. LOL

  • PoliticallyJadedNow

    The left has gone batshit crazy over this. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/BibliomaniacHW HerbieGrandma

    Wow. Is it charity if you donate to YOUR church? Wait. Bet you don’t have one . . .

    • Orangeone

      It is just upset that O’Bambi donations aren’t deductible. Wait, it doesn’t pay any taxes because it doesn’t work, just lives off the public teat. Take note, the teats are running dry.

  • http://twitter.com/BibliomaniacHW HerbieGrandma

    Wow. Is it charity if you donate to YOUR church? Wait. Bet you don’t have one . . .

  • Michael Rice

    Meanwhile, the fact he paid a higher tax rate than required goes without these ridiculous attemtps to discredit….at least for now.
    Of course, we all know he really paid no t axes at all. The same guy who faked teh Bush military papers, says so..

  • redheadgrl

    Liberal thought process: Giving to churches or tithing is considered charity, so I’m just not going to give to ANY charity!

  • tjp77

    But if that money went to Planned Parenthood, it would definitely count as charity, amirite liberals?

  • http://twitter.com/FrankDCamp Frank Camp

    Wellp, yeah, because giving to your church, which gives to organizations that help the poor, etc, isn’t really charity. Icky Mormon. These liberals are rediculous.

    • Aestro

      It’s a mixed bag, especially with the Mormon church. They will do a lot of good things with the money. But they’ll also do a lot of political campaigning for highly conservative issues with it. They were a big proponent of prop 8 in California. The LDS also emphasizes the 10% tithe much more strongly than most churches, so it would look bad within the community for Mitt not to contribute. I don’t think it’s fair to say it “doesn’t count” and it’s certainly stupid to say it’s not a deduction when obviously it is, but understand that it’s not quite the same as giving to cancer prevention or disabled kids or whatever. Mitt does give to plenty of other charities in smaller amounts as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/alain.dao.37 Alain Dao

        So it is only charity if you approve of it? Interesting.

        • Aestro

          Did you bother reading what I said? I stated that while I don’t agree with the politics, it’s incorrect to try and discredit the donations as non charitable. I also disagreed with @twitter-824720095:disqus that contributing to the church is equitable with, say, helping the poor, because they do engage in political activism.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            “it’s not quite the same”
            BIGOT!

      • J. Cox

        http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/

        100% go to charity.Please put the straws down,somewhere someone needs a scarecrow.

        • Aestro

          http://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2008/10/the-mormon-church-vs-civil-marriage-equality/209810/

          I might be incorrect and these may be individual donations at the behest of the church. And again, I don’t deny that they do good things. But it’s important to understand from a political objective why people would object to LDS donations.

          • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

            Because they’re bigots.

          • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

            If you’re not sure, then seriously…should you be posting?

          • Aestro

            Oh right, this is Twitchy. Sorry, rather than admitting I’m not fully aware of an issue I should pretend to be an expert and attack anyone that disagrees with me.

      • fivegreatkids

        The LDS church NEVER donates a penny to political campaigns. They do occassionaly donate time and effort to propositions that will affect the family or religion, but NEVER political campaigns. An LDS leader just spoke to us and explained the reason they have NOT called out the lies being passed around is so they do NOT appear to lean toward any political party or candidate.

      • fivegreatkids

        The LDS church NEVER donates a penny to political campaigns. They do occassionaly donate time and effort to propositions that will affect the family or religion, but NEVER political campaigns. An LDS leader just spoke to us and explained the reason they have NOT called out the lies being passed around is so they do NOT appear to lean toward any political party or candidate.

      • TiLiNi

        Mormons are discouraged from discussing politics over the pulpit. There is a fine line between politics and religious issues so I can see how supporting a religious cause may appear “political” to some.

  • Adela Wagner

    So now that Harry Mormonalso Reid’s imaginary friend has been discredited about the “no taxes paid” thing…WHAT will HE be saying about this? Or will crickets chirp? And of course no mention of the years that Romney paid for thousands of pints of milk to the Vets hospitalized in Mass. out of his own pocket.

  • Toqin

    So, people of the LDS religion are forced, under duress? What happened to free will? He doesn’t have to pay diddly if he doesn’t want to. Think (research) before blurting.

    Since Romney’s charitable donations, of his free-will and choice, aren’t good enough, what will be good enough for no scrutiny? Are you saying that you want him to give his $ to a specific organization (charity, NPO, etc) then? and if so, wouldn’t that be considered unConstitutional and unAmerican?

  • edjuk8

    My daughter goes to BYU-I (Idaho), and half of her tuition is covered by the church because of her GPA. She also receives a scholarship because she comes from a single-parent household (a struggling one, at that), and she has another scholarship for theater. Believe me, the donations of members of the church have been lifesavers for my daughter, and for me.

  • SammFan

    So, per this “tithing is mandatory, it doesn’t count” logic, does that mean if one is generally “Christian” that “loving thy neighbor as thyself” doesn’t count as “loving thy neighbor” because it’s “mandatory”. If you’re Jewish or Christian, and you don’t murder – one of the 10 – I don’t get credit? because it was mandatory?

    If you’re atheist, but still a US Citizen (or paid worker of any kind, lest I discriminate against illegals), if I pay taxes, because I have to, am I still in good standing? Can I still be a supporter of the US?

  • Evan3457

    Can any leftidiots do math? If he gave a literal tithe to the Mormons Church, that’s 10% of his income. As he gave 30% to charity, that leaves 20% for other charities…unless he gave all 30% to the Mormons, that’s something over $2.5 million to other charities.

  • Evan3457

    Can any leftidiots do math? If he gave a literal tithe to the Mormons Church, that’s 10% of his income. As he gave 30% to charity, that leaves 20% for other charities…unless he gave all 30% to the Mormons, that’s something over $2.5 million to other charities.

  • fivegreatkids

    Goodness, all they have to do is look at http://www.mormon.org or http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org to get a complete statement of where the money goes. Our neighbor’s rent was paid for, my sister’s groceries for a month were paid for, my other neighbor’s medical bills were paid for by….. the LDS church. That isn’t charitable? They also have 12 step programs for alcohol, narcotics and porn that meets at the church I do. That isn’t charitable? Medical trips to teach professionals how to resucsitate newborns, buy wheelchairs, etc… etc… is not charity? Wow, we think of ‘charity’ differently I guess.

  • fivegreatkids

    Goodness, all they have to do is look at http://www.mormon.org or http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org to get a complete statement of where the money goes. Our neighbor’s rent was paid for, my sister’s groceries for a month were paid for, my other neighbor’s medical bills were paid for by….. the LDS church. That isn’t charitable? They also have 12 step programs for alcohol, narcotics and porn that meets at the church I do. That isn’t charitable? Medical trips to teach professionals how to resucsitate newborns, buy wheelchairs, etc… etc… is not charity? Wow, we think of ‘charity’ differently I guess.

  • Scarlett O Richardson

    IDIOTS! Who cares where he donates his money. I care more about Obama making donations to the mosques in the Middle East with MY money!!!
    http://patdollard.com/2012/09/investigation-finds-obama-financing-mosques-worldwide-with-u-s-taxpayer-dollars/

  • Scarlett O Richardson

    IDIOTS! Who cares where he donates his money. I care more about Obama making donations to the mosques in the Middle East with MY money!!!
    http://patdollard.com/2012/09/investigation-finds-obama-financing-mosques-worldwide-with-u-s-taxpayer-dollars/

  • NWFL Conservative

    These are the same insane scat for brain libbots who would find a way to denigrate Mother Teresa, a woman who epitomized love, charity and self less service to others and is on her way to becoming SAINT Teresa. .

    • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

      Not would. *Did.* smh!!

  • SDN

    The Left is fundamentally dishonest, and you will never have a viable society as long as they are in it.

  • LaNeal A Nelson

    I think most of you are wrong on donations to just the Mormon Church.. He has donated to a Catholic church mission Shelter 1,000 pints of milk from smiths food in New Jersey for 2 whole years.. It’s just not to our Mormon church he has many Christian Religions he donated too.. It’s his lively hood and his religion to help Others Besides Mormons its in our Religion as Christians

    • Lee Barrows

      When I was on active duty in the Air Force I was injured and had really bad depression and some really bad side affects of the medicen I was on. If it was not for the LDS and the church I would have killed myself. They helped me during a really bad time in my life. (I am not a Mormon I goto the Church of God) They are kind people never did the ask me to tithe while I did attened the church with some friend their all they care about is God and People of all faiths. People really need to stop hating on the Mormon Religion. Remeber God will Judge Not us we are not perfect so we have no place to judge other people I wish the Left wing libs would learn this and find God in their Lives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.grimwood Stephanie Marie Grimwood

    I think this took a lot of courage to release his tax returns especially after the week he has had. But he did it and it showed that this man and his wife are such charitable people. Some say it went all to the LDS church, but the LDS church tithes are 10% of your income. So that leaves plenty for other organizations. And when did giving to someones church not count at a charitable act?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jill.stevens.96199 Jill Stevens

    Ok, Gov Romney donated 30% of his income to charity. Even for all you anti-Mormon idiots out there, the tithe is 10% (and if you read your bible, you will see the commandment to tithe is in the BIBLE) but I digress. For those of you who didn’t pass math in high school, or actually this would have been learned in elementary school ~ 30% donated – 10% tithed = 20% donated to charity. That is 66% MORE donated to charity outside his church tithing. Also, until 2 years ago when he was embarrassed in to having to donate more, Obama only donated 2% to charity!! There he goes leading from behind again!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/gary.dewyn Gary Dewyn

      Actually that’s 200% more than his tithes.

  • http://twitter.com/N8LION801 UtahMurmurs

    Libs are making a big deal of Romney’s OBLIGATION to pay a 10% tithe, as though that somehow devalues the offering. As a Mormon myself, let me just say that tithing is a VOLUNTARY offering, and a difficult one at that, regardless of whether your offering more closely resembles the widow’s mite or Romney’s generous contribution, and the product of those tithes is charitable indeed. Libs need to be reminded that it’s not just government that can lend a helping hand (and usually government is least effective at doing so).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713721000 Joey Juarez

    Just hit me like a ton of bricks!! No Matter What You Can NEVER Please The Left!!! NEVER!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004427466466 Scott Campbell

    Wow all the experts on the Morman Church, Sorry it’s not “Required” to tithe to them, it’s voluntary,I’m not a Morman, but I know hundreds of them that live near me and most of this money went to Haiti and other countries stricken by disasters, and those that comment ” he is only helping those that believe in his god”, are plain stupid, Churches give more money to help people than the government does.

  • http://ace.mu.nu/ hutch1200

    Choppah™ @iamchoppah
    Romney giving charity to the Mormon church is like Diddy buying all the Ciroc at the club. that money is going right back in his pocket.Is this the stupidest commet evah? He goes the store. Buys the booze @ wholesale, “sells” it to himself @ maybe retail..and makes money? At best, he’s still out the wholesale cost. WTF.Is this really Bernacke?

  • Penmar

    Apparently they didn’t get the memo from Sen Kerry of Mass..from his speech…” He added that no religion deserves disrespect, and the US was founded
    on the principles of tolerance, that everyone needs to work towards.”

  • CalCon10

    What vile people liberals are. Servants of evil, truly.

  • [email protected]

    These people are just Kool-Aid drinking nuts. How much did BOH tithe to the hate pit of hell-of a church in Chicago? What 40 -50 grand to the re-education camp Comrade Wright called Sunday school

  • http://www.facebook.com/fay.jacinto Fay Jacinto

    Tithes given to the Mormon Church also go to non-members here & abroad. The church is big on giving aid & welfare to people wherever they are in times of calamities and dire need. No one has any idea, & many Mormon church members do not have any idea, how much the church give to charity from Mormon members’ tithes. The Church is always the first one on site, or one of the first ones on site when there is a calamity, giving donations etc. I give my tithing to the church knowing it will go to those people who are in need, member or non-member, Christian or not. Yes, tithing is charity.

  • shimauma

    Unlike the federal and state government, no worthwhile church REQUIRES anyone to give them money. Just because it is Bible doctrine does not mean you get arrested or sued by a church if you don’t give them money. Churches, unlike federal government, do good works and if a person feels a conviction to give that church 10% more or less out of their own pocket, it still counts as charity because THEY ARE HELPING PEOPLE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    All churches, all denominations, all versions do reach out to those in need. Whether that is a Judeo-Christian or any other recognizable faith on this planet. Liberals, want the government to be the charity, but if they can’t pass a budget ( been a long long long time since we’ve seen one of those ) then why would you think they can do the job? They have enough trouble with welfare and other programs as it is. If by chance you are Agnostic even Atheist, so what. Get over it and roll up your sleeves and help someone. I sometimes will cash out a dollar of my own money and contribute it to those who come up short on their purchases. Charity starts with the individual helping another individual and hopefully inspiring them to help another, there is no government program that can even match that.

  • http://twitter.com/Bfadair Brian Adair

    While Rommey gave 4M to charity he only wrote off about 1/2 of that on his taxes. if he were out to tax advantage of his charitable deductions he would of written all of it off. So giving to the LDS is not considered a charity, they do run a worldwide relief group that sent food and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Issac and the Philippines. BYW i am not a Mormon

  • http://www.facebook.com/julia.pettyjohn Julia Moon Pettyjohn

    So he gave 10% to the Morman church. THat still leaves 20% more to other charities.

  • Kelly Marie

    I’m not a Mormon, but I do know somethings about them. They are not forced to give 10%, it’s not “mandatory” it is thought of as the lest they can do. He gave 29%? well he did more then the lest then didn’t he?. They do not only help or feed other Mormons. That is just not true. I’m a Christian and I don’t believe in a lot of their doctrine but they are very giving people with money and their time. There’s no doubt about that.

  • stostenz1

    I am not a Mormon, however, I live in an area that is prominently Mormon……..I see first hand the benevolence from the church to the general community as well as their own who utilize the church welfare system instead of sucking the government dry. Isn’t this how it should be? Help your neighbor?

  • http://www.facebook.com/walker.bennett.5 Walker Bennett

    It wouldn’t matter if Mitt saved a dozen babies from a burning building (that Obama set on fire) libs would find a way to bash him for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darlaholtszcinski Darla Holt-Szcinski

    The left doesn’t like us giving to our churches – by the way, our checks are NOT garnished, we decide how much to give- because they don’t get their cut. The money goes straight to those who need it!