Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I know, I'll Set up a Foundation to Benefit Myself!

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., pitched in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons, most notably with the Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Phillies. When he retired, he had the second-highest total of career strikeouts in Major League history; he is currently 17th.

According to the Lexington Hearald-Leader at kentucky.com, he may have pitched himself one more strike out. Looks like Bunning set up a charitable foundation in 1996, the year he entered baseball's Hall of Fame. Every year since, he has been the fund's biggest recipient.

His non-profit collects money that Sen. Bunning gets by autographing baseballs. It has taken in half a million dollars.

Of that, the good senator and the foundation's sole employee, gets a salary of $180,000 in salary, working a laborious reported hour a week.

The foundation has actually given only a quarter of its income or $136,435, to churches and charitable groups around Northern Kentucky. The largest sums to local Catholic churches Bunning has attended.

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