WASHINGTON, D.C., January 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Earlier this year Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards defended her nearly $400,000 annual salary, saying she works “hard” for it. But it turns out that Richards isn’t the only employee of the taxpayer-funded charity making a salary several times the national average.
A Planned Parenthood CEO Report based on IRS tax filings, released by American Life League’s STOPP International, shows that many CEOs and top executives of Planned Parenthood are paid annual incomes above that $250,000 mark – the benchmark that the White House has defined as denoting a “millionaire,” or the “top one percent of income earners” that do not pay their fair share of taxes needed to help the less fortunate.
“Our research shows 88 percent of PP affiliate CEOs have no healthcare backgrounds,” said Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League and co-author of the report. “But, they pay themselves quite well to claim they are first and foremost a critical healthcare provider to the poor.”
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In the 2011 budget fight, President Obama warned he would shut down the U.S. government before letting House Speaker John Boehner present any budget that tried to cut off federal funds to the world’s largest abortion chain and one of the president’s most powerful political supporters. According to PP’s own annual report, the group gets almost one-half billion dollars—or 50%—of its revenue from taxpayer funds.
The report shows that the average salary of a CEO at a Planned Parenthood affiliate is $158,275. This falls in the top six percent of all household incomes in the United States. Thirty of the top executives receive salaries in excess of $200,000 (the top 2.67 percent of household income), while 18 of the executives rank in the top 1.5 percent with annual incomes in excess of $250,000.
Furthermore, detailed profiles included in the report show that of 81 PP affiliates studied, just 10 PP affiliates have CEOs (12 percent) who actually have a background in healthcare. Planned Parenthood receives almost half a billion dollars in tax subsidies to provide what it defines as “reproductive healthcare.”
“At a time when the economy is in trouble and the American taxpayer provides 46 percent of Planned Parenthood’s income,” said Rob Gasper, senior researcher at ALL and co-author of the report, “it is incredible that the top eight people at PP’s headquarters—who provide no actual healthcare and never see a single client—make an average of $269,541 a year.”
The debate continues to rage about continued taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood as a Congressional investigation for fraud looms. ALL says it did the research so that elected officials would be better informed about “giving tax dollars of hard-working and struggling Americans to the bloated giant which is Planned Parenthood.”