WE know you’re curious about the finances of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids). It’s been a little over a year since we posted their 2006 Tax Return.
Get ready for some more thrilling information. The Discoveroids’ 2007 Tax Return is now available online. It’s a 33-page pdf file. We’re not skilled at reading these documents, so as we’ve done in the past, we’ll just give you what we see as the highlights.
Their revenue came from almost $4 million in contributions, plus some “program service revenue” and other items, resulting in a grand total of $4,256,588.00. For comparison, the 2006 tax return showed total revenue of $4,165,847, and in 2005 it was just under $3 million. The creationism business is flourishing!
Page 3 is interesting. The Discoveroids break down their expenses according to activities. Their work on transportation ate up $1,004,331, almost 25% of their revenue. But nearly half of their revenue, or $1,945,954, was expended for the activity described as:
Production of public service reports, legislative testimony, articles, public conferences and debates, plus media coverage and the Institutes own publications in the field of Science and Culture.
That is, we assume, their public relations work on behalf of intelligent design. This is the first time we’ve seen that kind of breakdown, and it confirms our suspicion that promoting creationism is, after all, the Discoveroids’ principal function.
Page 5 lists “Current Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees” and their salaries and expense accounts. The Discoveroid president, Bruce Chapman, was paid $148K, the same as the prior year, but this time they paid $10K more expenses for him. Vice President Stephen Meyer was paid $102,500, which is $10K less than the year before; but the expenses they paid for him were $21K more than the prior year. Make of that what you will.
Schedule A lists “Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Employees Other Than Officers, Directors, and Trustees.” There are only two names we recognize. John West’s salary was $100K. He didn’t make that list on the 2006 return, so he’s doing well. The other name we recognize is Richard von Sternberg. You know him as a principal (along with Stephen Meyer) in the infamous Sternberg peer review controversy. Von Sternberg was paid $77,375, and he wasn’t on the prior year’s list either.
Page 30 of the pdf file lists their Board of Directors. Howard Ahmanson is there, of course. It’s long been known that he’s a patron of the Discovery Institute. The following page, still listing directors, mentions two people connected to Microsoft. Their names mean nothing to us, but why does the Discoveroid Board have two members with a Microsoft connection? Who knows? Maybe it’s just the proximity of Seattle and Redmond. Anyway, there they are.
If you know how to read tax forms, maybe you can get more out of this one than we can. At this point, however, your Curmudgeon has reached his limit. For what it may be worth, you have a link to the Discoveroids’ tax return. Dig in if you like that sort of thing.
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