Updated: NOT $5 Million Per Year: A Not-So-Outrageous Salary for Komen CEO Nancy Brinker

UPDATE: In what can only be described as an epic reporting #FAIL by The Daily Beast, a quietly made correction to Sandra McElwaine's article about Nancy Brinker, CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, now restates her salary as $417,000 a year, as opposed to the $5 million originally reported in the article. That's a difference of more than $4.5 million. The only notice provided by The Daily Beast that such a grave error was made is in a small note at the bottom of the piece that fails to mention the original mistake:

Correction: A previous version of this article inaccurately reported Nancy Brinker’s salary. As CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Brinker makes about $417,000 per year.

As one is wont to do in the blogging business, when I read The Daily Beast article, I rushed to put together a blog post about it, attributing the claim to McElwaine. I am profoundly sorry for repeating such bad information, and for placing on the blog post a headline that inadvertently stated a falsehood.

--Adele M. Stan

Nancy Brinker, CEO of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, earns an annual salary of more than $5 million $417,000 from the breast-cancer awareness foundation she founded, according to an article by Sandra McElwaine published today on The Daily Beast. McElwaine also reports that Brinker "has raised billions to prevent and battle the disease."

Brinker is the subject of a torrent of critical public scrutiny, an unfamiliar circumstance for her, since Komen's decision earlier this week to end funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics. The clinics typically serve women who cannot afford to get such services elsewhere. (More on the Komen uproar from AlterNet's Sarah Seltzer, here, and Lauren Kelley, here.)

Brinker is such a bare-knuckles enforcer for her brand, McElwaine reports, that the highly compensated CEO has sought to crush any mom-and-pop organization that has popped up with the words "for the cure" in their name -- including, according to McElwaine, one called "Cupcakes for the Cure."

From McElwaine's piece:

Some of these have complained that they have faced legal threats from Komen, have little money to fight back, and feel squelched by the powerful group.

"Komen plays hardball and is determined to stay on top," says a member of another cancer organization, who declined to be identified. "Let's be honest about all this: people think of breast cancer as a charity, but it's really a major business."

More on the controversy from AlterNet and our partners:

5 Important Lessons from the Komen/Planned Parenthood Fiasco (Don't Mess With Women's Health), by Lauren Kelley

6 Things You Need To Know About the Komen Foundation/Planned Parenthood Controversy , by Sarah Seltzer

I Will Not Be Pinkwashed: Komen's Race Is For Money, Not Cure, by Emily Michele, ButterBeliever

Komen Foundation Exploits Breast Cancer Mission to Make War on Planned Parenthood, by Jodi L. Jacobson, RH Reality Check

 Breasts Yes, Vaginas No? How to Fight Back Against Komen "Race for the Cure" Foundation's Bizarre Capitulation to Right-Wingers, by Amanda Marcotte


AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at February 5, 2012, 5:34am

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