LOUISVILLE, KY — Simmons College of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League and the Muhammad Ali Center were among the 17 Louisville charities to benefit from U.S. Representative John Yarmuth’s decision to donate his congressional salary.
Since he was first elected to serve as congressman for Kentucky’s third district in 2006, Yarmuth has donated more than $1 million to fulfill a campaign promise to annually give his salary back to the community he serves.
“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,” said Yamuth.
“Instead of rising to the challenge, the majority in Congress have taken resources away through the sequestrations and other austerity measures. 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.”
Yarmuth is reported to have donated his entire salary to the following 17 organizations:
Center for Women and Families
Commonwealth Fund for KET
Family and Children’s Place
Family Scholar House
Jewish Community of Louisville
The Library Foundation
Louisville Fund for the Arts
Louisville Urban League
Metro United Way, Inc.
Muhammad Ali Center
Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky
“Yarmuth’s salary in 2015 was $174,000,” according to a press release from his office. “He has donated his entire after-tax congressional income to Louisville non-profits during his decade in the U.S. Congress.”
“I can think of no better use of my salary than to help the organizations picking up Congress’ slack,” Yarmuth added.