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Friday, June 08, 2007

Autism Oinks

Muchas gracias to Mum is Thinking for sending me an e-mail alerting me to a juicy post by Ginger that analyzes Autism Speaks' Form 990 for the year 2006 and discusses, in embarrassing detail, just where Autism Speaks' money is going.

"Three members of the Board of Directors received $2.5 million for their own organizations," Ginger's post observes, and "grants are primarily going to those representing institutions that are reviewing the grants. There is no indication that these conflicts are independently reviewed."

As we all know, Bob Wright got fired from NBC because it became glaringly obvious that he wouldn't know a conflict of interest if it bit him in the ass, and it looks like he's been up to his usual tricks at Autism Speaks. No surprise there.

Among the hefty salaries being paid by Autism Speaks, there's $168,000 to Alison Tepper Singer. Looks like talking on video about murdering your daughter, in front of your daughter, can be a lucrative career choice.

And speaking of That Video, as reported by Fox News, Lauren Thierry has accused the Wrights of not paying her for producing it. They're not even paying for her to travel to film festivals where That Video is being shown, she complains. Oh, the horror.

Ginger's post also noted that Autism Speaks' expenses included a line item for a private jet plane, used for entertaining. Just think about how many bus passes that money could have bought for non-driving autistic adults, if anyone at Autism Speaks really cared about autistic people.

There's a shiny silk designer purse in that sow's ear, though: At least the huge amounts of money that Autism Speaks has been squandering on jet-set extravagances didn't go toward developing the prenatal test.



  • The picutre gets clearer and clearer.

    By Blogger VAB, at 12:41 PM  

  • The greedy bastards! Why are we not surprised? Hopefully, they will continue to draining their "charity" dry with their piggish behavior. The more jets the better, I say. Anyone know where to get a $20,000 toilet seat?

    By Blogger Bev, at 1:01 PM  

  • OMG, the idea of what all that money COULD HAVE BEEN USED FOR to help people with autism...it makes me ill!

    By Blogger Niksmom, at 2:45 PM  

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    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 3:22 PM  

  • I really want to vomit.

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 3:24 PM  

  • This makes George Galloways charitable indiscretions look small by comparison http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6732575.stm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:16 PM  

  • I think I love you a little more each time you post.

    Every dime they spend on themselves is one less they can spend on deceiving and bribing politicians too.

    By Blogger bigwhitehat, at 9:46 PM  

  • I wonder how much money we could raise producing a fim that actually showed how beautiful and enriching it is to raise an autistic child? That challenge does not equal devastation, depression, or desperation?

    But I suppose misery sells. People are weird.

    By Blogger Joeymom, at 10:14 PM  

  • If you get a chance, take a look at the amount they spend on celebrity fundraisers versus the amount they bring in (they actually lose money). Sounds like the Wrights and friends have found a wonderful way to wine and dine on someone else's dime. (And my lord, I'll bet they do it in style.)

    By Anonymous morgan, at 12:42 AM  

  • Allison Singer: $168,000

    Private jet plane: $57,000


    Watching Autism Speaks self-destruct: PRICELESS!

    By Blogger Chasmatazz, at 1:29 PM  

  • "Allison Singer: $168,000"

    That's the reason why she didn't bloody drive off the bridge!!!!

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 3:46 PM  

  • Autism Speaks is making a fortune for themselves and industry from the tragedy of severe autism. When a study pointing to the causes of some non-familial autism Andy Shih makes sure to misrepresent the finding of the study and to call it tentative. These people certainly know how to scam the public and enjoy themselves while doing it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:23 PM  

  • "Lauren Thierry has accused the Wrights of not paying her for producing it."

    So, they fucked her over as well... get her to make a very offensive and dishonest film about their lives with autistic kids and then tell her to fuck off when it comes to getting paid?

    Nice people, these Wrights, aren't they?

    By Blogger David N. Andrews MEd (Distinction), at 10:46 PM  

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