Congressman Yarmuth donates salary to charities

05/17/2018 09:56 AM

LOUISVILLE- U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, has donated his 2017 congressional salary to several local non-profits.

Yarmuth, founder of Louisville Eccentric Observer, has donated his salary each year since being elected to Congress in 2006.

“At the state and federal level, we are seeing our elected officials turn their backs on the basic needs of our communities, and responsibility is increasingly falling to a handful of exceptional organizations to pick up the growing slack,” Yarmuth said in a news release. “Charity will never be able to replace the vital role of government, but these organizations each have a profound and positive impact on people’s lives and greatly enrich our community. I am fortunate to be in a position to do a small part in helping in their good works.”

The 31 organizations receiving donations this year are:

Alley Cat Advocates
Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research
Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana
Center for Women & Families
Denny Crum Scholarship Fund
Family Scholar House
Fern Creek High School Ivy Plus Academy
Filson Historical Society
First Tee of Louisville
Fund for the Arts
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Jewish Community Louisville
Kentucky Educational Television (KET)
League of Women Voters Education Fund
Louisville Downtown Partnership
Louisville Metro Police Foundation
Louisville Parks Foundation
Louisville Urban League
Louisville Zoo
Metro United Way
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
Portland Museum
Pride Inc.
Safe Place
Sarabande Books
St. John Center
Simmons College of Kentucky
West End School

Yarmuth’s salary in 2017 was $174,000.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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