Bristol Palin has converted a teenage pregnancy into some serious cash. The public first learned about the then 18-year-old’s pregnancy on the opening day of the 2008 Republican National Convention when it was announced that Bristol and partner Levi Johnson were engaged to be married.
As we all know by now, that marriage never happened. But the birth of their beautiful boy sure did. Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston came on the scene a bit later that very year. Since then, being a single mom has kept Bristol more than busy. As has her speaking career, most notably in her capacity of Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candies Foundation—a gig which pays the 20-year-old mom pretty doggone well.
How well you might ask? How about over a quarter-million-dollars-a-year well? At least according to ABC News who ran an AP story earlier today which detailed the matter.
“The most recent data for The Candie’s Foundation that’s posted online by research firm GuideStar shows compensation at $262,500 for the now-20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.” Palin earned all of that money in the year 2009.
In a related story, that’s approximately how much I’d pay the Candies Foundation if they promised that they would never again run a PSA which starred Palin opposite Michael “the Situation” Sorrentino. In case you somehow missed it, I’ve embedded their video below in which Palin promotes abstinence while “the Situation” makes the case for safe sex—as well as why he should never do anything other than “reality” TV. Ever.
Some, like Keith Olbermann, have argued that Palin’s advocacy of abstinence is hypocritical. But I, personally, have no problem with any of that. Nor do I have a problem with how much money she makes.
It does kind of seem kind of ironic though, doesn’t it? Someone getting rich(er) off of the very thing they’re warning folks against? But, on the flip side, Reuters just announced that in 2009, teen pregnancies hit its lowest rate since tracking of it began some 70 years ago, so apparently Bristol’s doing a darn good job. I hope she continues doing so well.
So long as she doesn’t appear in anymore PSA’s opposite “the Situation,” that is.