Some organizations, and their leaders, are making a lot of money from grass roots activists who send in $25 and $50 gifts. A lot of money. And often the expenditures far outweigh the impact. Here are some examples:
- One conservative media star hauls in $70 million annually … another earned $90 million last year – more than Oprah Winfrey. That same broadcaster was paid a flat fee of one million dollars to raise money for a national Tea Party operation (which has no local affiliates), but his efforts only netted the group $850,000 … after expenses.
- A conservative “think tank” president earns a million dollars a year, plus benefits.
- In 2012, political consulting companies — media, fundraising, direct mail and others — grossed almost $470 million: about one in three dollars of what Americans donated leading up to election day.