Bristol Palin's Teen Pregnancy Non-Profit Paid Her Seven Times More Than It Donated

What's the point of being a non-profit spokesperson if you're not actually helping anyone? Oh, right, to rake in exorbitant amounts of dough. At least that's what happened in 2009 with Bristol Palin, who was compensated an astonishing seven times more than her non-profit, Candie's Foundation, donated to teen pregnancy prevention. ThinkProgress has the news:

In 2009, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol joined a teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit called the Candie’s Foundation. Today, the Associated Press reported that the Candie’s Foundation released its 2009 tax information, revealing that Bristol was paid a salary of $262,500. But a closer examination of the tax form by ThinkProgress shows that the group disbursed only $35,000 in grants to actual teen pregnancy health and counseling clinics: $25,000 to the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center and $10,000 to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

For a non-profit funded by a billion-dollar corporation -- Candie's Foundation is an offshoot of Candie's, the shoe brand, which is an offshoot of Iconix Brand Inc – $35,000 is already an absurdly tiny pittance. But Palin's disproportionate pay for an abstinence advocacy group is even more absurd when considering her past [and correct] stance on abstinence -- that it's 'not realistic at all.'

More realistic was the idea that The Situation is also a great advocate for abstinence, apparently, as the group dropped another $165,000 on a PSAwith Palin and the Jersey Shore star. Perhaps not surprisingly, then: American teen pregnancy rates are nine times higher than those of any other country in the developed world.

Read the original Palin report at ThinkProgress.


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 6, 2011, 4:19am

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