Non-profit paid Bristol Palin more than it donated to anti-teen pregnancy programs

By now, you’ve probably heard — Bristol Palin, the unwed daughter of former VP candidate Sarah Palin, was paid $262,000 to help raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention.

Bristol Palin strikes a pose that screams "say not to unmarried sex" while on the "Dancing with the Stars" set.

Bristol Palin strikes a pose that screams "say no to unmarried sex" in a "Dancing with the Stars" promo shot.

I don’t have a problem with the size of her paycheck.

But what has gone largely unreported is the fact The Candie’s Foundation paid Palin seven times more to be a spokesman than it donated to anti-teen pregnancy initiatives.

According to The Candie’s Foundation tax filing, the organization took in about $1.7 million in donations and only gave $35,000 to groups trying to lower teen pregnancy rates.

Forty-six percent of Candie’s total expenses — $573,000 — went to Palin. Only 6 percent went to anti-teen pregnancy programs.

About $165,000 was paid to ABC for TV advertising.

Candie’s was founded by Neil Cole, the CEO of Iconix Brand Group, makers of clothing you’ve heard of — London Fog, OP, Joe Boxer. He pulled in more than $9 million in 2010, according to the tax filing, so he can afford to pay people whatever he wants.

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Old Geezer

April 5th, 2011
10:15 pm

With that kind of money she can afford to have a few more kids and hire a nanny to raise them.


April 5th, 2011
11:29 pm

Is anyone actually surprised by this news? Its bad enough that the charity isnt really a charity but I’m wondering what real advocacy Ms. Palin performed to “earn” her paycheck. Sounds to me like “Mama Grizzly” or the GOP put pressure on Candies to put Ms. Palin on the payroll.


April 5th, 2011
11:33 pm

Just the fact she is a UNWED is just as disturbing as all the other facts that you have uncovered….keep up the good work


April 5th, 2011
11:37 pm

Just another right wing grifter.


April 6th, 2011
12:26 am

Palin followers are such suckers. I feel sorry for my friends who think they’re so wonderful.


April 6th, 2011
12:38 am

Where are the figures on Planned parenthoods amount for each killing and how many?


April 6th, 2011
1:20 am

Gosh, you don’t think Bristol is making a living working for someone who is friendly to her, do you? By the way, does Bristol have any say whatsoever in what that Foundation does with its money?
This is nothing like Michelle Obama in Chicago when she worked for that hospital and pulled in huge money for doing nothing and that hospital was one of the ones that threw poor people out on the street from the emergency rooms because they couldn’t squeeze enough money out of the government for taking care of them? Or like all the liberals who going from the White House to friendly Democrat companies with big salaries and using their access to the upper levels of the White House?…. No, that couldn’t be the same thing. No way.

K Passah

April 6th, 2011
1:22 am

This all sounds like a heck of a lot of money, but it’s not. No one disapproves of this loser more than I do, but… She is far from financially secure. After taxes and expenses, and the recent home purchase, she probably has very little money… that she hasn’t had handed to her by Mama Psycho. She has no talent, little charm, and her flame has burned out. She is mortal once again in the sense that she is going to have a difficult time getting another paying gig.

Legend of Len Barker

April 6th, 2011
1:48 am

Why do I find myself suddenly singing Queen & Paul Rodgers’s “C-Lebrity”?


April 6th, 2011
4:09 am

Are you kidding me? The girl went through a terrible experience, and is trying to mentor children. I find it odd that nobody has a problem with celebrity atheletes making millions per game, but has a problem with “Bristol Palin” telling young girls it’s difficult being a single mother. I’m not a Sarah fan, but come on???

Rick Patel

April 6th, 2011
5:18 am

Brave, beautiful Bristol Palin is a wise counselor & a wonderful role model. She is entitled to the minimal amount she is paid for doing good work.


April 6th, 2011
6:03 am

The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness,not donate money. It has done it’s job. Look at many of the Breast Cancer organizations, and you will find the same situation. You need to understand the purpose of the organization. Also, did any of the critics on this topic donate to that organization? Probably not.


April 6th, 2011
6:34 am

nothing surprising here. franklin graham was accepting 2 salaries of nearly 1/2 million dollars each even as his fathers foundation faced declining revenue and had to curtail its philanthropic acrivities.


April 6th, 2011
6:50 am

so is the problem with palin or candies. what a crap story. why don’t you look at the professional begging organizatrions and see what they do.


April 6th, 2011
7:25 am

From just looking at the headline catcher one would think “Sarah” Palin was taking money meant to be used for charity. Very misleading to twist it so as to direct blame toward a Palin, be it mother or daughter.


April 6th, 2011
8:02 am

There goes the Palin HATERS again. That family can’t do anything right can they. She didn’t write the pay check to herself DID SHE?? I agree with PhillipJames!! I would rather see Bristol get millions, than Michelle Obama get ANYTHING!! And yes I do not like Michelle, because she bashes America.


April 6th, 2011
8:03 am

My how times have changed for mentoring a child who has a baby out of marriage. Used to be thought of as a parental failure, now it seems people actually embrace it. Bristol is a great example for all those kids whose folks follow these two individuals. And nothing wrong with making money especially when you misrepresent the reasons why you are doing it. That the American way.


April 6th, 2011
8:06 am

Read the first line of the article. she was paid to “raise awareness” of teen pregnancy, not to raise money for a charity. Way to go AJC, you’ve published yet another anti-Palin, anti-republican column about a non-issue. You refer to her as “the un-wed daughter of Sara Palin”. Is being “un-wed” relative to anything? I’d also like to remind you that 70% of babies born in Atlanta are to “un-wed” mothers. I guess it’s OK though since almost all of them are democrats.


April 6th, 2011
8:08 am

Let’s just say that most politicians (and sometimes their families) are corrupt to a greater or lesser extent.


April 6th, 2011
8:08 am

I think it’s time for the adults in this country to quit associating anyone in the Palin family with everyone else who calls themselves Republicans. Or do you believe all Germans are evil because one Austrian waged a horrible and brutal war 70 years ago?

I’m a Republican and I despise Sarah Palin for dumbing down conservative ideas. Usually, that kind of jack-assery is reserved for members or other Obama cronies.

That's Capitalism

April 6th, 2011
8:10 am


Stupid Story

April 6th, 2011
8:15 am

This is not surprising at all. No matter who is doing something now for a non profit organization, they are still getting paid. It doesn’t matter if you had 5 minutes or 5 hours of fame, you still think you are entitled to “get paid”.

To the idiot that said she is doing the same thing that liberals do, you are really dumb to think conservatives are just precious, innocent, and HONEST. You really need to go and research your “conservative” party(which I think as of lately nothing is conservative about them but the word ‘conservative’. The liberals probably learned from the lying conservatives (Tea Pathetics).

I just hope this girl is working on a long term plan on supporting herself and this child like getting a college education(something her mom never completed) and getting a job. Who cares about someone(such as her) going around “raising awareness” because the average young mother can’t relate to her. Most of you people glorified her for doing what a LOT of young girls today get criticized heavily for (no matter what their race is). I don’t praise her for this act … she should do it regardless of getting paid(like so many other people with fame should do).

Stupid Republicans and Liberals

April 6th, 2011
8:17 am

I think it’s stupid for anyone to think the “Republicans” are smart. You all are just as dumb as the liberals. You all are the only ones that think you are “right”, when time and time again you all are just made to look like the idiots you are. Get over it and get a life. lol


April 6th, 2011
8:28 am

Wow is she a democrat, that works for GE?


April 6th, 2011
8:31 am

From the headline, you would have thought that it was Palin’s non-profit that was paying her. Now that’s fine reporting! Oh, and hire some proof readers!


April 6th, 2011
8:38 am

Sounds to me like someone’s a little jealous that they’re a blogger for the AJC and not an unwed mother.

doh / dough

April 6th, 2011
8:38 am

Doh. A comparison to others (Michelle Obama for example) is not necessary. Wrong behavior is wrong on it’s own merits. Other’s wrong behaviors neither absolve nor heighten another’s personal responsibility and accountability. This payment is obscene as a percentage of gross revenue for the organiation and it’s income distribution. Does not matter what she brings in from any sources in the future. The apple falls very close to the tree. I have empathy for her son and her young “brother”.


April 6th, 2011
8:39 am

Bristol Palin: the only single mother NOT venerated by the left


April 6th, 2011
8:56 am

Using that photo is as cheap a shot as could be fired. It was a contractural requirement for appearing on and promotoing the television show, one which you probably watched. You are probably a drooler in fact. If you don’t have a problem with her salary, why the hit piece? Do some real work and delve into a host of non-profits and analyze the ratios. Start with PBS or NPR!


April 6th, 2011
8:58 am

And another thing-why not chastise ABC, Family TV, for charging the charity to run spots.


April 6th, 2011
8:59 am

Hey ,stupid story, get your facts straight. Sarah paid her way through college with a degree in Communications/Journalism. Seems like her degree paid off quite well And Dems like Clinton, Spitzer, Massa, Rangel, Jefferson, Dodd, Gore,Franks, what do these crooks, liars, and adulterers stand for. Huh?Seems like the’re all getting big fat paychecks. Hypocrite libs. Can’t stand em.


April 6th, 2011
9:01 am

About George Mathis
“George Mathis has been a local news editor with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 1999. Earlier attempts at journalism included stops in Valdosta, Cordele and Tifton.”

The operative word in the bio is ATTEMPTS


April 6th, 2011
9:09 am

Philip James, you are so correct. Why hasn’t the media exploited the fact that Valerie Jarrett (Obama’s main advisor) created a position for Michelle, at the annual salary of over $300K, for a non-profit hospital, after Michelle’s law license got revoked? After the Obama’s moved to the White House, the position was no longer there. It was only created for Michelle by a great buddy. Yes, they turned away several people they were set up to provide healthcare services for. This is something that everyone should be “enlightened” about.

Julie R. Camp

April 6th, 2011
9:14 am

Isn’t raising awareness part of the point? They paid Palin to raise awareness. I don’t understand why you people have a problem with this.


April 6th, 2011
9:22 am

George Mathis has no credibilty with me anymore!


April 6th, 2011
9:23 am

She has big thighs & Hips.


April 6th, 2011
9:35 am

What is it with you idiots still doing the “well she did this but Obama, or Michelle Obama, did that?” Let’s see, Palin is a highschool dropout, an unwed mother, celebrity because of her mother, paid more than most college educated, experienced professionals and she did what to earn six figures? And she did it for a charity where she got the lion’s share of the monies? Her mother quits a governorship to cash in while the cashing in is hot. And to avoid continued investigation into her activities vis-a-vis her former brother-in law. But her umbrella allows her family to do extremely well financially. You have to try to compare the dropout with an Ivy League educated professional (who spent 20 years paying back student loans instead of defaulting) who rose through the ranks in hospital administration and didn’t receive the compensation this uneducated, inexperienced hypocrite did? OMG. It’s not about politics and Obama, conservative and liberal, Republican, and Democratic. It’s a commentary on the continued idiocy of American business. Use your brain once in awhile instead of your prejudice.


April 6th, 2011
9:38 am

PhilipJames, The difference between Bristol Palin and the First Lady is she was hired as an attorney and was well qualified to have her position; however, the only thing Bristol has done was have a baby out of wed lock. McCain’s camp had to do a 360 and expose Sarah Palins unwed daughter. If the Obama’s daughter had been had done the same thing the Repubs and Conservatives would have had a field day. However, they tried to glamourize Bristol and make a her a spokesperson. Please, she and her mother are all about the Benjamins and nothing less. They are both dumb IDIOTS an anyone who thinks they are the greatest are IDIOTS as well.


April 6th, 2011
9:41 am

Philip James stop drinking so much Kool-Aid. Everything you just posted could be applied to the Reptilians – errr – Repubs. The Party that wants to take us back to the 19th century, thereby destroying everything this country accomplished since the end of WWII. When everything they’re doing now is put into place, you and your cohorts will have nightmares over what you have voted in, because we will be a Banana Republic.


April 6th, 2011
9:49 am

Same outrage over any of Geo. Soros non-profits? Didn’t think so…..


April 6th, 2011
10:00 am

All Palins and their supporter are idiots!!!!!!!!! Give the loser some money, she has no talent anyways!!!!!!!!!

[...] the amount the Candie’s Foundation gave to its other efforts to combat teenage pregnancy, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, citing tax documents posted online by liberal blog [...]

Palin 2012

April 6th, 2011
10:03 am

Are we surprised? Actually it is smart thinking. I need to open a non-profit and get paid. Go Palin! That was the first thought I had. It is ashame though. You get paid more than the help you give. Oh well ain’t America Great(;(


April 6th, 2011
10:06 am

Does anyone who doesn’t like the Obamas research to get their facts straight or do they have to make up things because the truth doesn’t support them?

Michelle and Barack Obama did not surrender their law licenses. According to the Illinois State Bar Association they both went on voluntary inactive status when their professional activities no longer required them to maintain active status. Like when he ran for president and got elected and she gave up her job as hospital counsel. A very common practice and in no way indicative of issues with their status as lawyers. By going inactive they do avoid the payment of fees and activities required for active licensees. At the time they chose to go inactive Illinois required a court order to change their status so they obtained such orders. There is no investigation, charges, questions or other negative information in either of their bar records which are open to the public and available with an easy web search.

If you going to report things to the rest of us as fact, please do at least a semblance of verification of your “facts” before you put more lies into cyberspace.


April 6th, 2011
10:08 am

wow! that’s a he!! of a thigh that guy is holding in that picture!

GA voter

April 6th, 2011
10:09 am

Barbara, you might want to check your facts on Michelle. I checked on it and it comes from emails and/or blogs that seem like they were made up. This is like the “birther” nonsense that has been going around.


April 6th, 2011
10:13 am

Her dingbat mother QUIT AS GOVERNOR TO MAKE BANK AS A FAUX “News” contributor… This dingbat got knocked up at 16 and is suddenly the voice for abstinence? You people are stupider than I thought. What’s next? Is Newt Gingrich going to promote “Marital stability and Family Values”? Hey, maybe Larry Craig or Mark Foley can take another anti-homosexual stance. If you are a Palin follower I’ve got one word for you:



April 6th, 2011
10:27 am

all of these are the same. full of poo. work and take care of yourself.


April 6th, 2011
10:27 am

Left wing bias reporting…hammering a conservative seems to be the favorite thing to do, especially now that we’re beginning to head into the November 2012 campaign. Notice all the favorable articles about lefties and all the negative stories about conservatives. It will continue and pick up.


April 6th, 2011
10:28 am