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HRC Posts Their 2012 990’s, President Chad Griffin’s Pay Reported At $360k A Year

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Another year, another posting of the Human Rights Campaign’s annual 990’s to the IRS in which it discloses its obscene salaries for the non-profits  top employee’s.


1) Chad Griffin, executive director started on June 11, 2012, base salary of $250,000, including a $20,000 incentive bonus, with an additional $50,000 bonus for an unstated reason, and $40,100 gross-up payment, for a total of $360,100.

2) Joe Solmonese, executive director through June 29, 2012, base salary of $238,300 plus $39,000 gross-up payment for a total of $277,300.

3) James Rinefierd, treasurer, base salary of $211,500 plus $64,000 gross-up payment for a total of $275,500.

4) Cathy Nelson, assistant vice president: $275,000.

5) Susanne Salkind, vice president, base salary of $212,700 plus $60,000 gross-up payment for a total of $272,700.

6) David M. Smith, vice president of programs: $250,300.

7) Fred Sainz, vice president of communications: $228,000.

8) Robert Falk, secretary, base salary of $166,500 plus $50,000 gross-up payment for a total of $216,500.

9) Allison Herwitt, legislative director: $197,500.

10) Ann Crowley, membership director: $175,000.

11) Martin Rouse, national field director: $173,500.

12) Christopher Speron, development director: $172,000.

Read it and shake your head with disgust and weep. All that money and STILL they have unpaid interns.

THIS is where your donation dollars go.

INTERESTING TRIVIA:  The President of the United States makes $400k a year.  That is only $40k more than Chad Griffin.

Courtesy of The Petrelis Files.

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5 thoughts on “HRC Posts Their 2012 990’s, President Chad Griffin’s Pay Reported At $360k A Year”

  1. THIS IS APPALLING AND REALLY DISGUSTING!!!!! I was just putting together my will and was leaving them a good amount of cash that I worked hard for and hopped it would help out in changing peoples ideas but no more. I have crossed them totally off my list. The whole thing gross’ me out. I think I will stick to small local charities that I know will appreciate it. Really, what a bunch of pigs…shame on them. This is very upsetting how greedy they are.

  2. Because those of use not in the 1% may not be aware of the phrase – a gross up means that unlike you saps – their salaries are reimbursed yet again for taxes and other deductions. For two reasons –

    1. Paying taxes is for suckers.
    2. It makes the salaries look smaller in the press

    An incentive bonus for a new employee…and an unspecified bonus? Jeez – there must be a very happy, very rich old man out there somewhere.

    But, just for giggles. the Williams Inst numbers would seem to indicate trans people are about 9% of the lgbt community. We have 0% of the jobs at HRC.

    First question from a Republican Sen to Allison Herwit (their Legislative Director) – so how many of these transgender people do you all employ? Are you one of them? No. Well are you gay? No. So – your group will hire a straight woman before one of them? And you have 150 or so employees? And you want to lecture us?
    Honey – that dawg won’t hunt,

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