Whale watching, 2017 edition: Who's keeping Scientology from sinking? - 2017-02-24

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F347.png Whale watching, 2017 edition: Who's keeping Scientology from sinking? February 24, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

It's that time of year again! The new Impact magazine is out and it gives us a chance to see which of Scientology's most wealthy donors — we call them whales — were celebrated at the annual IAS gala last October.

We're fortunate once again to have the help of a tipster in Italy who received the Italian-language version of Impact, and then got us these images as soon as he could. We're so lucky to have so many great tipsters around the world who help out the Underground Bunker on a daily basis! Our thanks to all of our unsung heroes.

If you're new, we'll give you the quick rundown on what you're about to see from the pages of this special Scientology magazine. Every year, all Scientologists are under intense pressure to donate huge sums for a variety of different projects and in a variety of different ways. But one of the most important ways a member contributes to the cause is by donating to what started out as a defense fund for the church in 1984. The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) celebrates that founding every year in October under a giant tent in East Grinstead, England (except for in 2013, when it was held in Clearwater, Florida). The big whales are recognized if, during the past year, they have reached a new cumulative goal in their total overall spending.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Whale watching, 2017 edition: Who's keeping Scientology from sinking? | url = https://tonyortega.org/2017/02/24/whale-watching-2017-edition-whos-keeping-scientology-from-sinking/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = February 24, 2017 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}