Even in a Down Economy, Michael Weinstein Gets a Pay Raise

In 2010, Michael Weinstein took a small hit to the salary he pays himself from “charitable donations” to his Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  He appears to have made up for that in 2011, the most recent year for which his financial data has become available.  (Weinstein, who keeps the books himself, didn’t report his 2011 finances until November 2012.)

In 2011, the MRFF increased its income by more than $150,000 (which included a $15,800 grant from the United Way of New Mexico, $110,000 in cash from the Rockefeller Family Fund, and $20,000 from the Aspen Community Foundation).  Weinstein’s compensation increased by just under $35,000, or about a quarter of the new donations, to just over $250,000 after taxes.  That brings Weinstein’s pay to just over 36% of everything donated to his “charity.”  Despite forlorn (and misleading) cries by his “research director,” Chris Rodda, that Weinstein is living the life of a sacrificial pauper in service to the troops, he seems to be doing quite well — especially for someone who doesn’t really do much of anything, besides talk.

One other interesting note:  Chris Rodda routinely says she is an employee of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation — yet Weinstein’s tax documents continue to list only a single paid employee (himself).  Rodda has previously admitted she is the $25,000 research “expense” listed on the MRFF tax forms.  Paying his “senior research director” less than a tenth of what he pays himself should give you an idea of how Weinstein treats other people — including the young enlisted troops he uses for his publicity efforts.  (Conveniently, this appears to help him avoid paying payroll taxes on her “non-employee” salary, as well.)

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with getting paid for an honest day’s work.  To take a large portion of “charitable donations” as one’s pay, however, while simultaneously implying “well-funded extremist religious organizations” have a financial advantage, is disingenuous at best.

In point of fact, Michael Weinstein pays himself more than what some of the leaders of what he calls his “well-funded” adversaries are paid.  But don’t expect him to admit that, as playing David to an “extremist religious” Goliath is more pitiable — and profitable.

MRFF Compensation to Michael Weinstein:
(After Taxes)

2005: Formed
2006: $116,330
2007: $0
2008: $252,485
2009: $296,232
2010: $218,201
2011: $252,681
2012: Not yet reported.



  • Hey JD, how about a little logic here. Don’t you think that I, as a person who works for MRFF for so little money (which I can only do because I have other sources of income, such as book royalties and my other writing), would be the first to complain if I thought that Mikey was actually personally profiting from MRFF? Do you really think I would have worked for MRFF for nearly six years if Mikey didn’t treat other people — including me — well? Once again, you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • @Chris Rodda
    You think this is about you? Perhaps you should reread what was written.

  • For a Non-profit, his salary is much lower than a lot of preachers in the world. Just say’in…

    John Hagee known to be the highest-paid nonprofit executive in San Antonio, making nearly $1 million a year. – all he does is talk, and makes Americans look like fools! I call him the American POPE because he believes he is the head of the church is the USA before Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell (RINP), but not by much.

    Benny Hinn said in a 1997 CNN interview that he earned between $500,000 and $1 million each year. – all he does is “talk” but make no sense at all

    1995: Kenneth Copeland $364,577 in 1995; Gloria Copeland, earned $292,593 ($17.5 million jet and other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion). – all they do is “talk” and talk…and talk…and talk

    Creflo Dollar drives a Rolls-Royce, is transported in a private jet, owns a million-dollar Atlanta home and a $2.5 million Manhattan apartment, no one really knows his salary. – all he does is “talk” and is said to be the most unapproachable preacher in the USA.

  • watchtower…what other non-profit organization pays 35-50% of all donations to a single person?

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