In addition to Romney's direct contributions to the LDS Church, he also gave to the faith through his charity for a total of $3.07 million last year, according to his campaign. The campaign also said Friday that the Romneys have given, on average, 13.45 percent of their income annually to charity, including the LDS Church.
Ann Romney told Parade magazine recently that she loves tithing and that when they write the check to the LDS Church, she actually cries.
"So do I, but for a different reason," Mitt Romney interjected.
The Romneys have also given annually to their family charity, the Tyler Charitable Foundation, which, in turn, has paid out large sums to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Sabin Children's Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and to Mitt Romney's alma mater, Brigham Young University.
Romney's campaign has refused to release more than two years' worth of tax records but claims that the lowest effective tax rate the Romneys have paid is 13.66 percent.
To keep his 2011 taxes above that mark, Romney only wrote off about half his charitable giving, according to R. Bradford Malt, who heads up the Romneys' blind trusts.
Malt said in a blog post Friday that the couple limited their deduction of charitable contributions to "conform" with Romney's statement that he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade.