Dodgers executive was paid almost a fourth of club's charity budget in 2007, report says
Not today, though. And recent history suggests, not any time soon.
The latest public relations black eye to Frank McCourt & Co. comes courtesy of the New York Times, which reported Friday that a high-ranking team executive was paid almost one-fourth of its team charity’s budget in 2007.
Howard Sunkin, a senior vice president who is McCourt’s liaison in public affairs, was paid over $400,000 when the entire Dodgers Dream Foundation budget in 2007 was $1.6 million.
The NYT said his compensation was more in line for a charity of over $100 million. He was reportedly working 40 hours a week for the foundation, while also advising McCourt on dealings with politicians and business leaders.
Sunkin would not comment for the story. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said in a statement the 2007 compensation actually included a bonus for achieving a three-year goal of expanding the charity’s mission and community reach.
The latest report follows a Los Angeles Times article that said Frank and Jamie McCourt, now involved in a contentious divorce, had not paid federal income taxes since 2004 and paid his two sons $600,000, though one had another full-time job and the other was in grad school.
And, of course, The Times’ infamous story that the McCourts had hired a Russian healer in the Boston area to send positive energy to the Dodgers.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Howard Sunkin in 2007. Credit: Los Angeles Times.