April 5, 2011 / 10:14 PM / 6 years ago

Bristol Palin earned $262,500 from sex abstinence work

<p>Bristol Palin, Teen Ambassador to The Candie's Foundation and daughter of Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, attends a town hall meeting on teen pregnancy prevention in New York May 6, 2009.Eric Thayer</p>

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Bristol Palin was paid more than $260,500 advocating against teen pregnancy in 2009, tax documents released on Tuesday show.

Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, earned $262,500 for her work advocating that teens abstain from sex, according to information posted on the Internet by GuideStar, which monitors the finances of nonprofit groups.

The Candie's Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to raise awareness of teen pregnancy and parenting issues, reported Bristol Palin's earnings to the Internal Revenue Service.

Representatives for Candie's and Bristol Palin could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bristol Palin, then 18, was pregnant during the 2008 presidential campaign and her son was born in the month after the election. She and the boy's father, Levi Johnston, had a much-publicized breakup.

Both young parents have embarked on separate celebrity careers.

Bristol Palin was a contestant on ABC's television program "Dancing With the Stars" and went on the lecture circuit;

Johnston has been promoting a proposed reality television show and posed, shortly after the 2008 election, for Playgirl magazine.

Bristol Palin is still featured prominently on the Candie's Foundation web site, along with several other celebrity spokespeople such as actresses Hilary Duff, Hayden Panettiere and Vanessa Milano.

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