Abstinence foundation paid Bristol Palin $262K, spent little on prevention programs

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 19:57 EDT
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Tax documents reveal that an anti-teen pregnancy foundation paid Bristol Palin seven times what it spent on actual teen pregnancy prevention programs.

Bristol Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was appointed as a teen ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation in 2009. Actresses Jenny McCarthy and Hayden Panettiere have also served as ambassadors for the foundation.

The “Sarah Palin watchdog” website Palingates first reported that Bristol Palin received at least $262,500 from the Candie’s Foundation in 2009.

Jezebel reported that the foundation paid $25,000 to the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and $10,000 to the National Campaign To Prevent Teen Pregnancy in 2009, a little over a tenth of what they gave to Palin.

“If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment,” she told the Associated Press in 2009. “I don’t think anyone realizes how difficult it really is until you actually have a screaming baby in your arms and you’re up all night.”

The Candie’s Foundation was launched in 2001 and is a division of the clothing brand Candie’s.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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