Skip to comments.Kennedy clan barred from historic Hyannis Port lawn
Posted on 08/05/2012 6:47:10 AM PDT by lowbridge
The Hyannis Port lawn where the political clan famously played football is off limits these days to relatives unless they pay rent, as a family feud over the Edward M. Kennedy Institute simmers.
The institute is supposed to carry on Ted Kennedys legacy with a 40,000-square-foot facility at the University of Massachusetts campus in Boston. But it also now owns the main house in the Kennedy compound the storied home of Joe and Rose Kennedy where the family gathered in good times and in bad.
Kennedys widow, Vicki, donated the home to the Institute in January, as per Ted and Roses wishes, and decreed that other Kennedy family members who want to use the lawn or the pool and tennis courts will have to come to a rental agreement with the nonprofit.
The mission of the EMK Institute for the United States Senate is to provide educational programs on government and democracy, and the new UMass facility, under construction, will include a mock-up of the Senate chambers.
The EMK Institute is to open in 2014. It received $32 million in government grants in 2010, according to tax filings.
The group spent $753,575 on collectibles in 2010. The money was used to buy Andy Warhol prints from Kennedys 1980 campaign and 752 copies of his book, True Compass,
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The car belonged to Rose. The swimmer borrowed it, probably without permission.
Wardaddy, The Kennedy’s faced the same problem you did... that’s why they rolled the property into a non profit. Nothing says it has to be open to the public during the summer season (or at all). Tax bills go away, just need to raise enough donations to cover maintenance & operating costs. You hire pro’s to apply for grants etc. Even if only your family “contributes” it’s now a tax deduction instead of an expense. You can even write off the milage when you drive down for the weekend to discuss “foundation business” while sitting on the beach.
Along these lines, Bill Clinton has not spent a penny of his own money since he left office. Some foundation or lobbying group is always picking up tab. Every meal, every flight, every hotel stay is on someone elses dime.
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