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It would appear to be a safe bet that Mitt Romney has given more money to charity than any other presidential candidate in history.

He's one of the richest presidential candidates in history, and he is obliged by the Mormon church to tithe, i.e., give 10 percent of his income back to the church.

In my mind, giving to the church is not quite the same as giving to charity, but presumably, the Mormon church does pass along some portion of tithes to those in need.

But the question is: Do Mormons tithe on gross? Or net?

According to Google, it's up to the individual to decide.

Roberto De Vido is a communications consultant, writer, cartoonist and jack of many trades. The former chief of Tucson Sentinel’s East Asia Bureau, he now lives in California (make of that what you will).

“For your guidance in this matter ... that statement of the Lord himself that the members of the Church should pay one-tenth of all their INTEREST annually, which is understood to mean income.”

— Statement from The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in 1970, on tithing

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