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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — 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.

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 are no longer together.

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  • Xenocrates

    Guess I should be qualified as a spokesman for good eating habits. (For the record, my BMI is close to 30, I have diabetes and half a blocked artery.) Mmmm, I can almost taste that sweet, sweet, 260,000 coming my way…not. As Barnum famously remarked, there IS one born every minute. The last one signed Bristol’s check(s).

    • efgoldman

      beat me to it

    • DrDick

      Barnum was unduly conservative in his estimate.

  • Malaclypse

    The Free Market cannot fail, it can only be failed.

  • chuck

    It must be great to fail upwards.

    • mark f

      Isn’t that how she got pregnant in the first place?

  • Hogan

    Where’s the egress? WHY CAN’T I FIND THE EGRESS?

  • ema

    The Candie’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to shape the way youth in America think about teen pregnancy and parenthood.

    Each year, millions of teens are exposed to the foundation’s messages, which encourage them to delay pregnancy and expose them to the realities of teen parenthood.

    (emphasis mine)

    And who better to expose the realities of teen parenthood than the daughter of millionaires?

    • DocAmazing

      Aren’t they funded by one of the nation’s leading marketers of FM pumps to teenagers?

      • ema

        I think so, but I’m not sure.

  • NonyNony

    Hey – fish gotta swim, ducks gotta quack and grifters gotta grift.

    It’s nice to see that Palin actually is teaching her kids some useful life skills.

    • norbizness

      I ordinarily wouldn’t comment on something like this in the midst of all the foreign policy, budgetary, and legal setbacks going on, but when a quote from Miller’s Crossing is involved, I have to

      “She’s a grifter, just like her brother. Probably had grifter parents and grifter grandparents, and someday they’re each
      gonna spawn little grifter kids.”

  • soullite

    What is it about Americans that we so often admire con-men and grifters that would, in most civilized societies, be reviled and hated?

    • Anonymous

      They’re all just clever enough to live the dream and make money. What’s wrong with that? That’s what ‘Merica’s all about.

    • Malaclypse

      What is it about Americans that we so often admire con-men and grifters that would, in most civilized societies, be reviled and hated?

      This is an interesting question, but I would suggest your root assumption is wrong. Robin Hood is what first comes to mind with a Glorified Outlaw, but there are others, and plenty are not American.

      I would suggest that in any kleptocracy, glorifying outlaws is a healthy tendency.

      • DocAmazing

        Indeed. Robin Hood robbed from the rich: that’s central to his character. Americans in particular make heroes of ass-rapists like Chainsaw Al Dunlap and Donald Trump, who screwed over working people, because we/they admire the audacity of the fuckers and because we/they have a strong sense of deference to the rich–Mark Ames in particular has written a lot about this tendency.

        • Malaclypse

          I’m not so sure about this. I think Al Dunlap is only well known among either the business class, who like him, or the activist left, who loathe him. Trump is, I think, recognized as a buffoon.

          Compare them to, say, Bonnie and Clyde, or Billy the Kid.

          Now, I will grant you that there have been no new populist outlaws on the left since the 1960s. And populist outlaws on the right tend to be militia types or abortion killers.

          Now that I am thinking off the top of my head without benefit of coffee, I do wonder why the left has spent 40 years trying to convince the world we are not Yippees. I wonder if this is part of the reason we see bumper stickers like “Annoy a liberal, Enjoy your life.” I wonder if the embrace of technocracy epitomized by Brad DeLong, as opposed to the subversion of an Abbie Hoffman, is a Bad Thing.

    • DrDick

      It is the real capitalist success story.

    • Just off the top of my head, I’ve always thought that “Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man” was the most readable Thomas Mann, and there is a pretty deep tradition of tricksters in almost any literature.

    • NonyNony

      What is it about Americans that we so often admire con-men and grifters that would, in most civilized societies, be reviled and hated?

      Hey now, that’s completely wrong. It isn’t just an American things at all. Con men have been glorified throughout history, not just in the US. Look at the Greek myths – Hermes is extolled for his ability to trick the other gods in various ways. Loki is grudgingly admired for he deceits by the Aesir (until he takes it too far and pushes it into evil territory). Coyote and Rabbit and Anansi and every other trickster god around have similar stories.

      And that’s before we get to the ideas of the “heroic highwaymen” discussed above – folks like Robin Hood, or Dick Turpin, or the American versions of Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James and Billy the Kid.

      Human being admire intelligence – we admire someone who can get the better of an authority figure. Palin and her crew are playing up to that quite well – the authority figures they portray themselves as getting the better of are elites, who are supposed to be so smart. And yet here’s Palin, a “regular person” who moved up the ladder despite not being born into wealth. Folks admire that – especially when they think she’s sticking it to someone else who isn’t them.

      Hell I have to admit a grudging admiration for the con artistry of the family Palin – and every dollar they steal from a Republican is one less dollar that Republican can use to destroy the US government, so I say keep on grifting, grifter family. Keep fleecing the Republican rubes. Just so long as they keep using politics as a long con and don’t get serious about it, they’re actually doing a public service.

  • The next time she gets pregnant she’ll be a multimillionaire!

    Cause we love a redemption success story, don’t we?

    S

  • Sarah Palin’s financial role model–Clay Davis

    • gunter

      Sheeeeeeeee-it

  • wengler

    Willow Palin, your move.

    • Paul Campos

      I think she’s likely to encounter an early adopter disadvantage.

      [rim shot]

      Thanks folks I’ll be here all week.

      • BigHank53

        Jamie Spears, Britney’s younger sister? Remember her? Neither does anyone else.

        • mark f

          Actually Jamie Lynn Spears was the #1 “Trending Now” link on Yahoo the other day (right now it’s Bristol Palin!). Those always seem pretty weird and sometimes I wonder why certain things make it up there (e.g. Pringles is #4 right now) but never enough to click to find out.

          • The Lesser Of Two Evil Halloween Jacks

            Pringles made it because Proctor & Gamble just sold it to someone.

            • Hogan

              Thank the Lord I no longer have to buy my synthetic potato snacks from Satanists.

              (Now *that’s* an obscure reference.)

              • NonyNony

                That’s obscure TOO?

                WTF?

                I definitely hang out in circles where “popular culture references” deviate from the norm…

              • Malaclypse

                (Now *that’s* an obscure reference.)

                Sadly, no.

              • Holden Pattern

                How is that obscure?

              • Hogan

                I didn’t think “egress” was obscure, so what do I know?

  • What could more effectively deter teenage pregnancy than the role-model of someone who received $million/4 for becoming pregnant?

  • N W Barcus

    You left out what I think is the best part — that “charity” only gave one-seventh as much ($35K) to teen pregnancy initiatives, spent $165K on ads, and $770K on a gala that two years ago lost $335K.

  • mike in dc

    So, um, she stopped having sex after she had the baby, right?

  • Halloween Jack

    Beats workin’.

  • LaLa

    Just another dumb ass in the making

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