The question of charitable giving isn't on the November election
ballot, but it is an issue at stake -- and an expert on giving
weighs in on how people's decisions regarding charitable
contributions could be affected by the outcome of the presidential
Rich Dunham of Dunham+Company says a national survey was conducted among donors and
found that, compared to a Romney win, an Obama victory will
negatively impact charitable giving. OneNewsNow asked Dunham about
the negative impact on giving if Obama retains his office.
"Mainly it is because of impact on charitable deductions, and
the fact that the federal debt limit is continuing to increase,"
"One of the things that donors really cared about, which was a
bit surprising to us, is they really wanted to see federal spending
decline -- that if it did, it would have a very positive impact on
They also wanted to see ObamaCare repealed, he reports. Those
who would contribute more to charities if Romney wins cite his
desire to limit federal spending, deal with the debt and repeal
Obamacare, among other things.
"He wants to incentivize the development of oil and gas in order
to make us energy independent, while actually the biggest factor
was rising gas prices, which in the current environment and the
current policies will just continue to rise," Dunham says.
He stresses the survey was done to ascertain opinions of people
who do donate to charities, not to make a political