Now the focus is on Komen’s founder and current head, Nancy Brinker.* While she had a full-time job with the federal government between 2007 and 2009, as the State Department’s Chief of Protocol (appointed by Bush 43), she billed Komen $133,507. Rick Cohen, an analyst of nonprofit management, says this is highly unusual.
Brinker, who is independently wealthy, also flies first-class and stays in five-star hotels at the charity’s expense. Again, Cohen says this is unusual: “For most nonprofits, they wouldn’t think of first-class travel. There is the issue of perception.” If she’s used to this lifestyle, she could bill Komen for coach and standard hotels and pay the difference herself.
There is also Brinker’s mean-spirited attitude in taking legal action against other charities who use the phrase “for the cure.” She has gone after a lung-cancer group that does Kites for the Cure and a group called Mush for the Cure, which does dog sled events. These are much smaller charities than Komen, so Komen looks like a bully. This doesn’t seem like a good use of donors’ money.
* “Komen Founder Nancy Brinker’s Mysterious Expense Report,” by Abigail Pesta, The Daily Beast
Susan G. Komen, with its signature “Race for the Cure,” spends only about 20% of its donations on breast cancer research or actually searching for that cure.
Karen Handel, the Komen executive who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia and who vowed to end funding of Planned Parenthood, has resigned. Handel was backed by Sarah Palin in her Georgia run, which tells you everything you need to know about her.
In its statement restoring funding to Planned Parenthood, Komen for the Cure takes offense at being accused of acting for political reasons:
“We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.”
Then two sentences later:
“We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.”
So they are admitting they dropped Planned Parenthood because of the purely political
witch hunt investigation instigated by right-wing nut job Cliff Stearns in the House.
We are woman, hear us roar.
A good day for Planned Parenthood, and a great day for the women who rely on Planned Parenthood.
A terrible day for those who tried to get breast cancer enmeshed in the politics of abortion, where it most certainly doesn’t belong.