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Ex NARAL head must pay restitution for hand in the cookie jar $$$

Posted in Financial mismanagement, NARAL, Pro-choice law breakers with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by saynsumthn

kelliconlin Under the agreement reached on Friday, the New York State Office of the Attorney General announced a settlement with Kelli Conlin, the former president of NARAL-NY Pro-Choice and its affiliated foundation, the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), in connection with a lawsuit filed in June 2012 that charged Ms. Conlin with abusing her position and using charitable funds for her personal benefit. Under the terms of the settlement, which is subject to court approval, Ms. Conlin will be permanently barred from serving as a fiduciary of any not-for-profit organization registered in New York State. She has agreed to dismiss claims against NARAL that she asserted and will pay $20,000 in restitution to NARAL. The restitution is in addition to the $75,000 she paid in 2012 in connection with her plea to criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

The lawsuit charged that during her time as president, Conlin used NIRH funds to pay for personal expenses, including shopping sprees at luxury retailers, rental of a vacation home in the Hamptons, personal travel, dinners at fine restaurants and thousands of dollars worth of take-out meals from restaurants near her Brooklyn home. Prior to the suit, the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau also reached a separate agreement with NIRH and NARAL, requiring the organizations to adopt enhanced governance measures and financial controls, including stricter and more consistent review of expense spending by all the organization’s employees up to and including the president.

Conlin abruptly resigned from NARAL and NIRH after nearly 20 years in 2011. More here

NARAL Kelli COnlin Settlement

In November of 2009 NARAL’s Kelli Conlin supported Obama’s Health Care Bill. According to the description on NARAL’s YouTube page which has since been removed: On November 16, 2009, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference with various women’s health advocates to protest the anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment and demand that health care reform does not come at the price of women’s rights. NARAL Pro-Choice New York President Kelli Conlin spoke along with an impressive array of pro-choice advocates, including Senator Gillibrand, New York City Council Speaker Chris Quinn, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and feminist leader Gloria Steinem.

In 2010, KATY HERINGLAKE, who once had a job working in the state Capitol for state Sen. Jeff Plale, was “convicted of swiping $13,000 from National Abortion Rights Action League of Wisconsin,” Where she used to work.

Her name has been changed to Katy Venskus, where she lobbies for AT&T Wisconsin and Education Reform Now.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard reportedly charged Venskus with two felonies for allegedly using her lobbying company’s credit card on more than $15,000 in personal expenses.