A few years ago, Chris Rodda, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s research assistant, made the somewhat comical claim that the outcome of an investigation was irrelevant; rather, the fact an investigation occurred was all that mattered [capitalization original]:
The OUTCOME of the investigation…is irrelevant. It’s the fact that…he CALLED FOR the investigation…
It’s a moronic assertion on its face, but its something upon which the MRFF has relied. If an investigation happened, then they act as though their claims were vindicated — outcome notwithstanding.
Mikey Weinstein, though, very recently took it one step further and is now citing as “evidence” an accusation being reported — not even an investigation, not a resolution, just him reporting something.
Referring to ChristianFighterPilot.com, Weinstein said this site [emphasis added] Read more
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein seems to be making a comfortable living doing little more than attacking Christians in the US military.
The most recent financial disclosures for his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (from 2014, released nearly two years later) reveal that he paid himself, as the sole employee of the “charity” he self-founded, $244,232 in compensation from the tax-deductible donations his organization received.
While it is a slight reduction from the $299,634 he paid himself in 2013, it still accounts for a sizeable 35% of all contributions to his MRFF.
Since he founded his laughably-categorized “non-profit” in late 2005, Mikey Weinstein has Read more
Rightly or wrongly, the Wounded Warrior Project tends to be loved or hated. Its critics blast its finances on several fronts, claiming, among other things, it excessively compensates its leadership compared to how much money goes back out to help wounded warriors. Using IRS 990s, Brandi Kay at Freedom Outpost recently noted the following numbers for 2013:
Steven Nardizzi, CEO: $375,000
That’s 0.16% of the revenue back to the CEO as compensation.
For comparison, for 2013 Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s MRFF numbers were Read more
Late in 2014 Michael “Mikey” Weinstein filed his required IRS documentation for 2013 — and it revealed he had a banner year. For the first time, his Military Religious Freedom Foundation topped $700,000 in total income.
MRFF Total Revenue: $701,535
For his part, Mikey Weinstein gave himself a nice raise (literally, since he says he votes on his own pay package), for his highest take home pay ever from the “charity” he founded:
Weinstein compensation: $299,634
In other words, 42.7% of every “charitably donated dollar” the MRFF brought in during 2013 went to Mikey Weinstein’s compensation. That’s slightly less than the 46.8% he took the year prior.
To be “fair,” Weinstein also claimed an increase in work hours, saying he puts in 105 hours a week. That’s up from 80 hours a week the year prior, and works out to 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single week. That’s what Weinstein filed; given the low output of the MRFF, it is difficult to say what he actually does for 105 hours a week. (It is also unclear whether Weinstein dissolved his other company, MIBON Consulting, which presumably also takes up a substantial amount of his time to bring in more than $100,000 a year.)
The general breakdown of funding below his paycheck is Read more
The Military Times family of papers, which has generally been friendly to Michael “Mikey” Weinstein’s campaign against military religious freedom, published an “exclusive” essentially accusing Weinstein of handsomely profiting from the charitable donations he solicits for his MRFF.
Interestingly, the article makes the same points that have been made here for years. In fact, the headline uses the same language that this site used in 2009 (“cashing in”) — language over which Weinstein had threatened to sue because he considered such a characterization to be “defamation.”
The article also notes, as this site has in the past: Read more
Michael “Mikey” Weinstein recently promised contributors to his “charity” their donations would “represent a…monetary impact” to his cause:
You can rest assured that your generous donation to MRFF would represent a dollar for dollar monetary impact on this Civil Rights/National Security issue that is second to none.
Believe it or not, the awkwardly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation, founded and run by Weinstein (also the sole employee), is a 501(c)3 charity. The advantage of such a designation to Weinstein is he can solicit donations with the same tax benefits to the donors as if they’d given to their local church. The disadvantage (to Weinstein) is he is required to publicize financial documents, which can be quite revealing.
Despite having issues in the past with the public seeing his records, Weinstein has continued to pay himself essentially the same amount each year. Mikey Weinstein has grossed more than $1.4 million in direct personal compensation (from the donations to his charity) to date.
This year (2012 is the most recent Weinstein has released) was little different. Michael Weinstein’s “reportable compensation” for 2012 was Read more
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 Read more
Michael Weinstein, the only paid officer and President of his Military Religious Freedom Foundation, reduced his personal compensation by nearly $80,000 in 2010, according to his most recent tax documents. That same year, his “charity” saw a slight decrease in revenue of about $13,000, despite $120,000 in grants from the Rockefeller Family Fund and $10,000 from the Aspen Community Foundation.
In prior years Weinstein’s exorbitant salaries — which are paid by himself, to himself, from his charity’s revenue — have been highlighted as inconsistent with both his implications that donations to his charity “support the troops” and with the general practices of other charities, whose president/CEO compensations are generally markedly lower (even if the charities are markedly larger).
The $218,201 Weinstein paid himself from the MRFF funds still represented 41% of his charity’s total revenue in 2010. That’s down from the 54% he paid himself in 2009, though it still represents a substantial percentage of what his donors are presumably Read more