April 7th, 2011
Los Angeles Times Blog
By: Emily Christianson
Bristol Palin took home $262,500 in 2009 for advocating against teen pregnancy, tax documents show. Apparently abstinence can be very lucrative.
The big bucks came from the Candie’s Foundation, a group aimed at shaping “the way youth in America think about teen pregnancy and parenthood.”
“We know that Ms. Palin’s work has had a positive effect on creating awareness about teen pregnancy,” Candie’s spokeswoman Ali Tyrangel said in a statement.
The reality show star, who made headlines as a teen mom in 2008 during her mother Sarah Palin’s run for vice president, even took her Candie’s campaign on her stint with “Dancing with the Stars.” Remember her awkward “pause before you play” sex talk with The Situation?
Critics are already taking shots at Palin, now 20, but some people are defending her, according to E! Online, saying, “The money she received was from multiple projects she did with them. She shot PSAs, print and Internet ads and did town hall meetings, as well, and the money she made was an accumulation of all of that. This is not out of the ordinary for a celebrity to make an income off of a charity they represent.”