published Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Bristol Palin earns $262K for teen pregnancy work

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    In this July 25, 2009, photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin holds her and Levi Johnston's son Tripp Johnston at the governor's picnic in Anchorage, Alaska. Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009. The most recent data for The Candie’s Foundation that’s posted online by research firm GuideStar shows compensation at $262,500 for the now-20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tax documents show unwed mother Bristol Palin earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009.

The most recent data for The Candie's Foundation that's posted online by research firm GuideStar shows compensation at $262,500 for the now 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

Bristol Palin was 18 when she was appointed as a teen ambassador for the New York-based foundation in 2009, months after giving birth to son, Tripp. She and the 2-year-old boy's father, Levi Johnston, are no longer together.

Foundation officials did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday. But Palin family attorney John Tiemessen responded in an email but wouldn't comment about Palin's compensation.

Palin, who still works for the foundation, told The Associated Press last year that girls would think twice about having sex if they knew how tough it is to be a mother. She said she "wasn't prepared at all" for the dramatic changes in her life since becoming a mom.

"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," Palin said.

When she was first named to the ambassador role, Palin said in a statement she felt she could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy.

"If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment," she said at the time.

Days after Sen. John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate in 2008, Bristol Palin's pregnancy was announced. Sarah Palin has not ruled out a run from president in 2012.

The Candie's Foundation is a division of the apparel brand Candie's. It has been raising awareness about teen pregnancy since 2001.

The blog Palingates first reported the compensation figure.

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sandyonsignal said...

Bristol earned more than seven times what the organization paid out for abstinence programs. Think Progress looked at the tax forms and it showed only $35,000 went to grants to raise abstinence awareness or counsel teens.

April 6, 2011 at 7:21 a.m.
chet123 said...

replublican party....swallow the whole hook and sinker LOL LOL LOL.......it is amazing...paid for being trash..lol lol only in america

April 6, 2011 at 8:03 a.m.
EaTn said...

It was a gift to the daughter of Palin--period.

April 6, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
chet123 said...

a bribe...period!

April 6, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.
mkelley said...

Is that amount only from Levi, the baby-daddy?

April 6, 2011 at 9:17 a.m.
ceeweed said...

It IS TOUGH being a single mother when you earn over a quarter of a million bucks for very little effort. I am sure the difficulties of jetting down to Hollywood to dance with stars are many when you have a toddler in tow.... Teenage girls must see Bristol's horrible plight, as a single mother, and want no part of it!

April 6, 2011 at 9:20 a.m.
dao1980 said...

You're right on it ceeweed.

The whole ideology is so far past simply twisted that it makes you wonder how we have made it this far.

I mean, who is buying this poorly packaged crap?

What kind of people hear her story and step in line, nodding somberly with sad eyes and agreeing that we can all learn something from this dumb rich-girl?

And how will her son feel about his mother as he grows knowing his mommy made tons of money using him as a soapbox to profess what a mistake he was?

April 6, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.
moon4kat said...

As if we needed more proof, Bristol Palin and her son are solid evidence that abstinence-only education does NOT work. If Sarah Palin couldn't convince her daughter to practice abstinence, who can?

April 6, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
Leaf said...

Hmm. Getting knocked up worked out OK for Bristol. I guess teen pregnancy isn't such a bad idea after all. In fact, I'm all for it. Hear that girls? I'm now available to be your baby-daddy.

April 6, 2011 at 5:03 p.m.
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