Friday, February 03, 2012

Pink, pink, you stink: Komen backs down

I've been offline for a couple of days so the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation fiasco played out without me. I see it didn't take long for the pink ribbon people to back down in the face of overwhelming criticism. Komen announced today they would restore Planned Parenthood funding.

The official line is they realized they made a mistake in basing the decision to defund on a poltical investigation and absent an actual criminal finding of guilt. Thinking it's more likely it's because their major sponsors looked likely to jump, wealthy pro choice advocates wanted their money back and insurrection within the foundation itself. "Two top Komen officials resigned in protest following the announcement. Local chapters of Komen also rebelled, pledging to defy the order and continue funding Planned Parenthood."

Furthermore, the enormous pushback exposed unsavory details about their spending. It appears Komen for the Cure is a gigantic scam:
Komen’s founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, is a big money Republican with ties to the past three Republican administration who received a political appointment from George W. Bush as a reward for her fundraising largesse. She draws a salary of $459,000 annually, money well spent compared to the 39% of its budget the foundation spends on “public health education” (i.e., marketing itself). Not to mention that they also spend a million bucks per year in legal fees to threaten other non-profit groups who use the phrase For the Cure, to which Komen(tm) claims to have intellectual property rights.
It couldn't be more clear the choice to pull Planned Parenthood's funding in the first place was driven by highly placed anti-choice wingers within the foundation. Under the circumstances, the walk back is too little, too late.

Planned Parenthood issued a gracious statement thanking Komen for the reversal however, one has to ask why anyone should support Komen ever again. I figure just about everyone has lost someone to breast cancer and these people have preyed on their wish to help find a cure mainly to enrich themselves. Seems to me pro-choicers would do better to donate directly to Planned Parenthood and skip the middlewomen.

Much more in a dozen other posts at Balloon Juice and Memeorandum. [graphic via]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

It's encouraging. It looks like public outrage, helped by the internet, seems to have defeated SOPA and obviously this is another victory for what some are surprised to see is the Majority. You know these creeps do think they're not the barbarians at the edge of the world.

2:26:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

It is heartening to see the American Taliban's agenda get set back a bit. The most delicious part is now everybody is pissed at Komen. Thinking this bonehead move may destroy them altogether.

2:37:00 PM  

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