This information may be boring, but we think it’s important, so we always look for the latest tax returns we can find from the neo-Luddite, neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
So you can make comparisons, we discussed their 2005 return in Discovery Institute: Who and What Are They?, and then Discovery Institute: Their 2006 Tax Return, and then Discovery Institute: Their 2007 Tax Return, and then in June of last year: Discovery Institute Tax Returns: 2008 & 2009.
Now we’ve got their 2010 return. You can see it here: Discovery Institute Form 990 for 2010 (34-page pdf file). We remind you that we’re not skilled at reading these documents, so we’ll just give you what we see as the highlights.
The first item of interest is the Discoveroids’ gross revenue. For 2010 it was $4,323,149. In 2009 it was slightly higher — $4,509,577, and in 2008 it was much higher — $5,179,188. Back in 2007 it was $4,256,588.00, which is about the same as in 2010. We don’t see much of a trend; except for a blip in 2008 they seem to be holding steady at pretty much the same level of support.
On the second page they provide a breakdown of their revenue according to their activity. $875,527 was for their transportation work, described as:
Development of a balanced , seamless , and expanded transportation system between Washington , Oregon, and British Columbia through public private partnerships and innovative financing.
After that, they say that $3,028,725 was for their creationism work, described as:
Production of public service reports, legislative testimony, articles, public conferences and debates, plus media coverage and the Institute’s own publications in the field of Science and Culture.
But to that we can add to that another $235,524 for what looks like creationist legislative and propaganda work. They describe that as:
Production of public service reports, legislative testimony, articles, public conferences and debates, plus media coverage and the Institute’s own publications in the field of Technology.
If we’re correct in lumping those two items together, then a total of $3,264,249 is devoted to creationism, and that’s 75% of their total revenue. As in the past, it continues to be true that that promoting creationism is the Discoveroids’ principal function.
Page 7 lists their “Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees and Highest Compensated Employees.” One of their Directors is Howard Ahmanson. It’s long been known that he’s a patron of the Discovery Institute.
The Discoveroid president, Bruce Chapman, was paid $159,731 plus $4,951 “other” compensation. For the three prior years he was paid $148K, so he’s had a raise.
Stephen Meyer, vice-president, was paid $150K plus $16,168 “other,” He too has had a raise. He was paid only $125K in 2009, $140K in 2008, and $102,500 back in 2007. John West’s salary isn’t shown, but he was paid $120K in 2009.
On page 14 of the pdf file there’s a five-year summary of their revenue. From 2006 through 2010 they received $21.5 million. Most of that has been spent on promoting creationism.
On page 26 they list their grants. They gave $220,000 to what they call “Biologic,” which is their in-house research facility, and they describe its activity as “Scientific Research.” On page 28 they list their grants for “Fellowships.” There are three categories: Eight people got “CSC Fellowships,” for a total of $108,082. One person got a “Technology Fellowship” for $120,000, and two people got “General Fellowships” for a total of $56,600.
The tax return has a mass of other information. We don’t know what to make of it, but perhaps you do. If so, let us know.
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