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Blast from the Past: Komen Discovers the Price of Playing Politics

You remember the tremendous furor and hubbub over the whole Komen Foundation decision to defund Planned Parenthood based on some ginned-up "investigation" in Congress, dictated by the right-wing firebrand they'd installed as Public Policy Veep?

I remembered it too, but had little knowledge of how it had played out in the long-term, in terms of contributions. Lots of words at the time, very little foll0w-up. Or perhaps there was some and I just missed it. But at any rate, it turns out that their financials were released in January, and things are not rosy in Komenland:

"The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation committed one of the great PR faux pas of the decade in January 2012, when it summarily cut off funding to Planned Parenthood in what appeared to be a bow to anti-abortion crusaders.

Now, with its release of its latest financial statements, the cost of that decision can be measured: It's more than $77 million, or fully 22% of the foundation's income. That's how much less the Dallas-based foundation collected in contributions, sponsorships and entry fees for its sponsored races in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, compared with the previous year. The raw figures are these: In the most recent fiscal year Komen booked $270 million; the year before that, Komen booked $348 million."



Article from two months ago from the LA Times. You may have seen it, I did not. If it's old news to you, pardon the reiteration.


Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of folks. May the trend continue. Bless their hearts, as our southern friends might say.

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