Will socialized medicine be good for the members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)? No. Then why does the AARP support our government’s takeover of health care. What follows is a simple explanation. Our government funds this political advocacy group.
As one might imagine, the fact that the AARP receives government funds is not something the organization wants to advertise. Since the organization lobbies the government intensely, the potential for a conflict is interest is obvious. Nonetheless, the AARP does receive government grants. How much? Here is the AARP’s financial statement. The document combines government and private grants into one pot. In 2008, this pot was $89,649,000. The report only list the two largest grants, both government grants. The first was $79,000,000 and the second was $4,000,000. Thus it is safe to say that the AARP got at least 8 percent of its total 2008 income from the Federal Government.
This conflict of interest is nothing new for the AARP, and undoubtedly this sort of funding will only increase with the Democrats in charge. In 2005, Human Events described how the AARP joined forces with the Democrats to oppose Social Security. Then as now, the AARP received government funds.
AARP stirs considerable anger among conservatives for its aggressive advocacy of liberal causes. Of course, as a private nonprofit organization it has the right to take any stand it chooses on a public policy issue. However, the fact that AARP pursues its political agenda using federal dollars especially angers taxpayers, and not just those who have problems with its politics. The AARP 2004 annual report showed that of the $878 million in revenue AARP received that year $83 million came from the federal government through a variety of grants.
Charlie Jarvis, Chairman and CEO of USA Next, estimates that since 1989, “AARP appears to have taken over a billion dollars in taxpayer money in the form of federal grants.” (from here)