Political Contributions from Ben Gordon Center

Ben Gordon Center is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization in Illinois. It receives funding for its mental health and substance abuse programs from a variety of sources, among them the local United Way.

Governments kick in, too. The grant allocation from DeKalb county is up to almost $784,000 and the City of DeKalb in July approved human services funding of $5,000 specific to its “220” program (this appears to be in addition to an annual grant of around $9200 but BGC’s allocation was not specified in this year’s online minutes so I am not sure). Then there are state reimbursements and chunks of change from the feds.

Seeing as so much of our tax money goes to Ben Gordon programs, I am somewhat perplexed about its donations to politicians.

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Dr
DeKalb, IL 60115 $40.00
4/16/2004 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Burzynski

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Dr
DeKalb, IL 60115 $150.00
6/30/2004 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Burzynski

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115 $600.00
7/12/2005 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Pritchard

Ben Gordon Center 12 Health Services Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115 $600.00
8/15/2006 Individual Contribution
Citizens for Pritchard

Are such donations are critical to the ability of this organization to deliver services to the community? If so we are in a sad, sad state of affairs. However, I have failed to find another recipient of funds from Kishwaukee United Way that contributes to political campaigns. Ben Gordon appears to be the exception to the rule.