Looks like some California homophobes have been caught with their hands in the piggy bank:
Since 2003, the public has given the Riverside, Calif.-based California Family Council (CFC) nearly $3 million to support charitable work that the organizations says "protects and fosters judeo-Christian principles in California's laws." But, according to its federal tax returns, little more than $500,000 of that money has gone to "program services," or expenses directly related to that charitable work.
In contrast, the CFC's top two employees, including its founder and executive director, Ron Prentice, were paid a total of $1.1 million over four years. The CFC's other employees earned a total of $900,000 in compensation -- bringing the total spent on employees at the Council to about $2 million since it began in 2003.
According to the Better Business Bureau, 65% of a nonprofit's money should be spent on program services. The California Family Council was spending about 70% of its money on employee salaries.
The CFC was headed by Ron Prentice (formerly of FOTF) and Peter Henderson. While the group says that it focuses on all the typical right-wing distractions (stem cell research, porn, abortion), it's pretty obsessed with marriage right now, in light of California's Proposition 8.
This group seems to just be a front for handing off money to a few people who wanted to make a quick buck. The two people who were paid the most at the CFC are its only two board members, a position usually given to volunteers.
I suppose this is good news for those fighting the amendment in California. The Religious Right has always been a front for getting more money into the hands of a few rich people, through advocating tax cuts and getting votes out for Republicans so that they can pillage the treasury, but here they're going about it pretty directly.
Indeed, Prentice is going to be honored with the Family Champion Award at the Family Research Council's Value Voters' Summit this year. These folks protect their own.
While I think I should feel sorry for the poor homophobes whose money was wasted on this organization, I just can't bring myself to it.