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Dick and Betsy DeVos Lift the Veil On Their $139m in Philanthropy

 There’s no question Dick and Betsy DeVos garner lots of attention — and criticism — for their outsized political donations. But those are pocket change compared to their charitable contributions, which add up to nearly $139 million over their lifetimes.

As U.S. Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos’ contributions to Republican candidates and school choice causes are being scrutinized ahead of confirmation hearings on Wednesday, the West Michigan couple is lifting the veil on the millions in philanthropic giving that’s being funneled through their foundation.

In 2015 alone, the DeVoses doled out $11.6 million in charitable contributions, according to a new report on the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation website. It’s double the $5.3 million in campaign donations over the last five years that Betsy DeVos reported to the federal government as part of her vetting process for the Cabinet post. 

The couple are a high-profile part of a family dynasty that has been a player in Republican politics for decades, led by Dick’s dad, Amway co-founder Rich DeVos. The elder DeVos and his four grown children handed out $104 million in charity donations in 2015, landing the family in 24th place on Forbes’ most recent “America’s Top Givers” list.