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Old 03-03-2011, 10:01 AM
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Follow the Money: Westboro Baptist Church Income?

Curious as to where this hate group (classified as such by the SPLC) gets its income, I did an Internet search. I know that some members are attorneys, and some apparently work for the state of Kansas. The WBC claims it spends $200,000 on travel to the various protests it conducts, which ain't chump change. It also claims members tithe 30% of their income, but I've read this may well be a dodge: they "tithe," but the money goes right back to them. Whatever. My question is, how many attorneys are there in the family, and most important, do they really have enough clients to generate that kind of income for the WBC? I can't imagine who would sign up for their legal services--not saying they're inept, as they obviously just won the Supreme Court case--just can't figure out who their client base is or how large it could be.

Also, what kind of work do WBC members do for the State of Kansas? Is it highly remunerative?

I know they get some of their money from litigation, but from what I've read, this doesn't fully account for their source of income, either. And in addition to travel expenses, one assumes they have standard living expenses. Also, it sounds like there's enough legal work just defending members and filing lawsuits to keep at least a couple of the family attorneys busy full-time, which would mean less income, right?
 

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