IRS 990’s always lag several years before they can be found in publicly available databases.
When we last checked in on the Church of Scientology’s Association for Better Living and Education International (ABLE) front group, their 2012 IRS 990 filing showed gross receipts of $3,767,910.
We just located ABLE’s 2015 IRS 990 and saw an astonishing increase in gross receipts to $13,284,541. (Scroll down to see the PDF).
What jumped out to us was ABLE’s enormous 2015 legal expenses of $1,818,028. This is a whopping 13.75% of revenues. Why did ABLE have such enormous legal expenses?
ABLE’s mission statement is typical of Scientology. Grandiose, bloviating, and delusional:
There are other hefty fees incurred in ridding the world of its most vexing problems:
- $807,239 spent on advertising and promotion. One never actually sees ABLE advertisements though.
- $389,568 for staff salaries and benefits.
- $326,874 spent on staff training fees.
- $352,218 on office expenses.
- $ 70,686 in royalties to the Church of Scientology to use LRH copyrights.
- $304,432 in occupancy fees paid to the Church of Scientology to use its building.
- $204,661 in travel costs.
ABLE licenses and manages the Scientology Cult’s secular “social betterment groups: Narconon, Criminon, The Way to Happiness Foundation, and Applied Scholastics International.
Above everything else, however, ABLE pays its lawyers gigantic sums of money for whatever it is the lawyers do. Why did ABLE spend $1.8 million on lawyers in 2015? The most likely answer is that Narconon was being successfully sued into near oblivion by Ryan Hamilton and other fearless attorneys not afraid to take on Scientology. Tony Ortega covered Hamilton in a series of articles. Here’s one of Tony’s articles reporting on what was going on at the time: Ryan Hamilton files 20th lawsuit against Scientology’s drug rehab network.
The 2015 ABLE 990:ABLE.2015.990
Categories: The Scientology Money Project