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Apology Does Not End Controversy For Komen As Questions Abound

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is not out of the woods yet, and some of what is starting to percolate is not very nice. From a hateful, anti-LGBT bigot sitting as their Vice President to a seven-figure salary for the organization’s CEO and allegations that the group strong arms smaller breast cancer non-profits, things are hardly looking smoothed over for Komen.

The blow up over the decision by Komen to defund Planned Parenthood over their abortion services has opened up a bunch of different questions. To give you some idea how ludicrous this whole thing is, Planned Parenthood spends just about 3% of its annual budget on abortion services, but spends 35% on contraception services to prevent unwanted pregnancies and 16% on services for women to screen for and prevent breast cancer.

That seems like a lot is spent on, well, things other than abortion, huh?

Now, Planned Parenthood spends about $1 billion on services across the nation every year, and the average salary for Planned Parenthood’s CEO Cecile Richards is $340,498. She makes less than the US President, but more than the Speaker of the House, just to give you some idea. Median income in the US is $44,389, which is down from two decades ago. So, Richards makes 7.6 times as much as the median income in the US. This is far, far less than most corporation CEO’s, incidentally.

So…well, here is the perspective. Komen CEO Nancy Brinker earns $5,000,000 per year. As of 2010, they pulled in some $400,000,000. Now, Brinker makes 112.6 times the median income, and add to that, her charity brings in a lot less money. Makes you wonder where the money you donate actually goes.

There are people now openly wondering just how effective Komen is. While we cannot go through all of the points, there are some interesting articles that I would recommend reading, and keep in mind the fact that, like it or not, it looks like Congress is investigating the wrong charity here.

Why Komen Let Me Down: A Breast-Cancer Survivor’s Haunting Tale

Susan G. Komen foundation must be true to core mission: Regina Brett

Komen for the Cure: How the Group’s Founder Courted Controversy



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5 Responses to Apology Does Not End Controversy For Komen As Questions Abound

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  2. chris

    February 6, 2012 at 9:31 am

    according to Forbes her salary is $500k. that extra zero really makes one discount your entire article. I think the $500k salary is shocking enough, no need to exaggerate.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      February 6, 2012 at 11:04 am


      As I said, I was working from the information I had. If you would be kind enough to provide a link, I will make the correction. I did double check it, but found more sources saying that it was $5 mil than 500k.

  3. ediebee

    February 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Curiously, where did you get the $5 million salary from? In order not to appear misinformed, you may want to double check that.

    • Bridgette P. LaVictoire

      February 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      I got it from the Daily Beast and a few other places. However, there appears to be some confusion as to Brinker’s compensation. Some sources saying $5 mil, some saying that she got $400k over a six-month period of time. However, it still appears that Komen spends a great deal more on administrative costs than Planned Parenthood.