Odds are you haven’t heard of the Center for Personal Rights. It’s a small organization recently formed to promote “vaccine choice”. If you’ve heard of the book Vaccine Epidemic, that’s their work. And, yes, a big piece of the “vaccine choice” movement involves promoting the failed “vaccines-caused-an-autism-epidemic” idea.
Tax forms are now available for the first three years of the Center for Personal Rights (2010, 2011 and 2012). The records show that they’ve pulled in a respectable $165,000 in that time, and revenues were up each year. By far the majority of revenue is from contributions/gifts/grants and not from sales of their book. Here are those tax forms
Center for Personal rights 2010 form 990
Center for Personal rights 2011 form 990
Center for Personal rights 2012 form 990
Let’s take a look at how much of the money taken in has gone to salaries of the board members. Well, board member, as it appears that the executive director, Louise Kuo Habakis, is the only one on the board being paid. Here are revenue and compensation:
Total Revenue: $42,072
executive compensation: $0
Total Revenue: $53,300
Executive compensation: $33,065
i.e. 62% of revenue went to board member compensation.
Total Revenue: $69,823
Executive Compensation: $74,355
i.e. 106% of revenue went to board member compensation.
Total for three years?
Board member compensation: $107,420
Or, 65% of revenue went to compensation of Ms. Hubakis. It’s a rather modest salary, but a large fraction of the revenue.
What else has the Center for Personal Rights accomplished?
Well, they held a rally ($23,788 in 2010)
They produced the book, Vaccine Epidemic, for which they list expenses of
$556 in 2010
$15,182 in 2011
$28,132 in 2012
So, that’s about $43k to produce the book. Much of that expense appears to be Ms. Hubakis’ compensation.
Here’s their list of program expenses for 2012.
From what I can tell, they took their total expenses for the year, including Ms. Hubakis’ compensation, and divided it by three and put that amount into each category. Hence my statement above that much of the expenses attributed to the book appear to be her compensation.
Their end of the year balances (net assets) have been declining:
$22,625 in 2010
$19,361 in 2011
-$1,220 in 2012
One might think they are on the way out. They would need a large infusion of cash to stay afloat. They still have a web presence and, well, Ms. Hubakis is a board member of Barry Segal’s “Focus Autism”. Mr. Segal and Focus Autism have distributed a significant amount of money to vaccine-antagonistic groups in recent years. And there are other wealthy people who contribute to such causes. So I wouldn’t count the Center for Personal Rights out just yet.
By Matt Carey