By R. Cort Kirkwood
The organization called Time’s Up seems a lot like the Biden Cancer Initiative. Supposed “president-elect” Joe Biden founded BCI to fight cancer, but the organization closed without spending a dime to fight cancer. Instead, it paid big salaries.
Likewise, Hollywood celebrities founded Time’s Up to fight sexual harassment. But it has spent next to nothing to help sexual harassment victims. Instead, much of its budget has gone to big salaries and big conferences.
Numbers published in the New York Post show that Time’s Up spent almost five times as much on salaries as on harassment victims.
Such lopsided spending might tempt one to think that leftists who start charities for good causes aren’t much interested in the good causes.
Where the Money Went
The non-profit outfit comprises two entities: the Time’s Up Foundation, and a lobbying arm, Time’s Up Now, Inc.
Together, the Post reported, they “raised $3,670,219 in 2018, its founding year, but spent $1,407,032 on salaries and only $312,001 on the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund for people who have experienced sexual harassment.”
“Charity watchdog groups such as Charity Navigator recommend that non-profits spend 75 percent of their revenues on their mission and 25 percent on administration. Time’s Up spent 38 percent on salaries alone,” the Post reported.
But those aren’t the only areas where spending went awry:
Time’s Up Now, the lobbying arm of the organization, also spent $157,155 on conferences “designed to build community and spark critical conversations about gender equity,” tax filings show. In June 2018, the group co-sponsored a retreat at the Ojai Valley Inn, a luxury resort and spa north of Los Angeles. The retreat was dominated by agents from the Creative Artists Agency, who apparently had difficulty deciding on what the core mission should be.
“They pivoted from ‘Let’s clean up Hollywood’ to ‘We’re going to help all workers,’” said an attendee who did not want to be identified.
The price for guest rooms starts at $457 a night, although Time’s Up might have received a better rate.
Nor does other spending seem to help the organization’s mission to stop sexual harassment and promote “equality.” Reported the Post:
In addition to posh conferences, Time’s Up Now spent $288,007 on advertising, and $940,328 on “legal” costs, with the majority of that figure ($719,522) going to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, a multinational law firm with a powerful lobbying arm on Capitol Hill.
Time’s Up Now also spent $58,395 on travel and $112,435 on Rally, a public relations company, according to tax filings.
Time’s Up’s founders include feminist icon Gloria Steinem, entertainment tycoon Oprah Winfrey, and B actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey roared to cheering applause at the Golden Globes in 2018. “But, their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up.”
But before Time’s Up, there was BCI.
Founded by former Vice President Biden after his son died of brain cancer in 2015, BCI had spending problems, too, as The New American reported in mid-November.
The “charity” collected $4.8 million through fiscal 2017 and 2018, but spent almost $3.1 million, some 63 percent, on salaries.
It spent nothing on cancer research, although its chief officer said that wasn’t BCI’s purpose.
The outfit closed when Biden announced his run for the presidency.