Monday, May 27, 2024

Pamela Anderson’s Charitable Foundation, Funded by Professional Gambling: She’s President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director


A couple of years ago I wrote about “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson’s charitable foundation, which was dubious at best.

Now, because she issued her Julian Assange defense from the Foundation. I’ve taken a new look at the latest tax filing– for the year 2014. There’s no public filing since then.

The funniest thing about the Pamela Anderson Foundation. The one time pin up turned political activist and girlfriend of an international hacker holds all the positions in the charity. She’s actually listed on the 2014 Form 990 tax filing as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director. That’s called multi-tasking! It’s also highly unusual. She could have had Tommy Lee, Kid Rock or David Hasselhoff fill at least one of those offices! Instead, she does it all herself. 

In 2013, Anderson’s Foundation gave away a total of $180,000 to four different groups. Where did she get the money? She herself only put $14,000 into the Foundation. The bulk of the money came from Richard Salomon, to whom she was briefly (and subsequently) married from 2014-2015. Salomon’s income, according to Wikipedia, is derived from online gambling and winnings from poker. He contributed $237,500. Another $5,000 came from professional Las Vegas poker player Bobby Baldwin.

The other major contributor to the Pamela Anderson Foundation was the late Sam Simon, creator of “The Simpsons.” He put in $100,000. The two shared an interest in animal rights. According to press reports, Anderson was subsequently barred from Simon’s funeral by his family for accepting and not returning an $800,000 ring before he died. (There’s a lot of weird stuff at the heart of “The Simpsons”– including that Nancy Cartwright, who voices Bart, is a huge Scientologist.)

Anderson’s donations went to Cool Earth Action USA (Brooklyn)–$100,000; Game Changers Film LLC — $50,000; Sustainable Markets Foundation– $25,000; and the International Leonard Peltier Defense Fund– $5,000. (Cool Earth Action USA has not filed any tax return with GuideStar since its inception in 2014 despite Anderson’s large donation.)



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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