Here we go again. The charitable religious conservatives give mostly to religious organizations, which I don't consider among the most needy.<quoted text>
In Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism (Basic Books), Arthur C. Brooks finds that religious conservatives are far more charitable than secular liberals, and that those who support the idea that government should redistribute income are among the least likely to dig into their own wallets to help others.
Many secular liberals are from lower income brackets, and thus cannot afford to be very charitable. Also, some liberals are stinkers, who talk a good game but don't play it.
That aside, I do know conservatives who reach out to others. In too many cases however, they prejudge whom they deem worthy of their largesse.
My general definition of a "compassionate conservative" is someone who feels sorry for the poor, but won't give a dime to help them.