Big payday for Bristol Palin
April 6th, 2011
08:46 AM ET
12 years ago

Big payday for Bristol Palin

(CNN) – Sarah Palin isn't the only member of the famous Alaska family that's raked in serious amounts of cash.

Daughter Bristol Palin made serious cash from the Candie's Foundation- a group that promotes abstinence to teenagers, according to a 2009 tax return from the group first posted by the blog Palingates and reported by several media organizations.

So what's the going rate for an abstinence promoter these days?

Apparently $262,000, according to the tax returns.

The younger Palin, then 18, was made an ambassador to the group in 2009 – months after giving birth to son Trip. She is no longer seeing Trip's father, Levi Johnston. Her work included giving speeches before teenagers, as well as appearing on television shows and in advertisements to raise awareness about the issue.

"I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie's Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention," Palin said when she was named to the position in May of 2009. "

"I feel that I 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."

Palingates is run by a group that calls themselves "The Sarah Palin Watchdog Team."

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soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. rick

    I am sure that Bristol was retained on the basis of her "qualifications" and that Candies Foundation has no ties to Republican party donors and the Fox News network.

    April 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. jota

    It seems the message, here, is, if you want to be successful, do something that is counter to societal norms, then write and/or talk about it for fame and fortune. Oh, wait, that only works if you have the fame thing to begin with. Never mind.

    April 6, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. USA

    Way to go CNN! Everyone knows your biased to the Palin's. Even though I'm not a fan of the Palin's I think this article is ridiculous. Why the headline news on how much Bristol makes?? Where are the headlines of how much Michael Moore makes? His net worth is $50 million, and he is a huge voice of "redistrubting the wealth" Nancy Pelosi net worth $31.5 million another big voice in "redistrubting the wealth" wonder how much her children make??? Amazing isn't it??

    April 6, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Incredulous American

    The Candies Foundation paid Bristol a LOT of money but only donated $39,000 to groups that work toward reducing teen pregnancy.

    April 6, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. E of T

    Bristol is a moron just like her mother. Neither deserve any attention from anyone for anything they have done. And how in the world would an abstinence program promote Bristol as its poster child? She obviously wasn't abstinent, she obviously had no clue that birth control existed, her parents were paying no attention whatsoever to what she was doing...and she's a cyber-bully devoid of empathy and understanding. The Candi Foundation should be utterly ashamed of themselves for using this pathetic opportunistic charlatan to promote abstinence.

    April 6, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. joyce blackwell

    Who's business is it what a person earns. Let's check out all the pundant's salaries. Probably a lot more than Bristol's

    April 6, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Dean

    Good for her. A young person who contributes to society and pays taxes instead of living off the government teat like many who post their hatred in here.

    April 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. James

    Wish I could get paid 260K for being a bad example... sheesh!

    April 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. A disgusted former Republican

    The Palin family seems to know how to rake in the cash without much effort.

    April 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. cb

    NOW THAT'S how you make money in America. Get pregnant to a looser, be the daughter of a quitter and start your own silly PR firm. A good role model for the American teen. Go Palins!!!!! ..............far far away!

    April 6, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Adam

    So the girl made some money off her mother's name and her own experiences. As ironic as it is, she knows first hand how having a child so young can affect your life. Isn't that just making the best out of a bad situation? It's not like she's openly exploiting her child like that Kate plus 8 lady.

    April 6, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. mkjp

    "I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy."

    Absolutely. the only problem is that the example you happen to be setting is how much money an 18 year old can make after having a baby. not exactly an abstinence message if you ask me... I think it would be more convincing to have someone who is essentially homeless go around and talk about the actual hardships they face in life as a result of being a teen mother. Not someone living high on the hog as a result of teen sex.

    April 6, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. Nick , California

    This is the age in America where you don't have to work your whole life to achieve big dollars or have any talent.. you just have to be a celebrity. Without her mom being such a polarizing figure, Bristol would be just like the rest of us blue collar!

    April 6, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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