Mitt Romney believes that one of the “downsides” of releasing information about his finances — and presumably more than the two years of taxes he has been willing to reveal — is that it would reveal how much he has given to the Mormon Church, the presidential candidate said in an interview with Parade magazine.
Asked about tithing, the custom by which Mormons are expected to donate 10% of their income to the church, Ann Romney told the magazine: “I love tithing. When Mitt and I give that check, I actually cry.”
“So do I, but for a different reason,” Romney added, in an interview to be published this weekend. “Our church doesn't publish how much people have given. This is done entirely privately. One of the downsides of releasing one's financial information is that this is now all public, but we had never intended our contributions to be known. It's a very personal thing between ourselves and our commitment to our God and to our church.”
But based on the 2010 return he has already released and projections of his 2011 return, the public already knows that the Romneys gave more than $4 million directly to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church got more money from the couple in those years via the Tyler Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit they control.