Following through on a promise he made in his 2006 campaign, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) has once again donated his entire congressional salary to various charities throughout the commonwealth. Over the years, Yarmuth has donated more than $1 million via this pledge.
Yarmuth’s salary in 2015 was $174,000.
“The increasing severity of our nation’s income inequality means our communities must do more to ensure the most basic needs of working families, veterans, and seniors are met. Instead of rising to the challenge, the majority in Congress has taken resources away through the sequestrations and other austerity measures,” Yarmuth said in a press release. “Louisville is lucky to have many wonderful and worthy non-profits doing the vital work necessary to keep our community strong, and I am fortunate to be in a position to support them.”
In determining which nonprofits to support, Yarmuth said he supports charities that pick up Congress’s “slack.”
The charities receiving funds this round are:
- Center for Women and Families
- Commonwealth Fund for KET
- Family and Children’s Place
- Family Scholar House
- JCTC Foundation
- Jewish Community of Louisville
- The Library Foundation
- Louisville Fund for the Arts
- Louisville Orchestra
- Louisville Urban League
- Louisville Zoo
- Maryhurst Inc.
- Metro United Way Inc.
- Muhammad Ali Center
- Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky
- Simmons College
- YouthBuild Louisville