Category Archives: Mort Klein Exposed

How Much Has Mort Klein Made from the ZOA? Millions!

Below is a chart of Mort Klein’s salary taken from the official Form 990s filed by the ZOA with the government:

Year   –   $
2001 – 134,747
2002 – 162,029
2003 – 186,279
2004  – 212,769
2005  – 249,462
2006  – 279,346
2007 – 315,385
2008 – 1,245,851
2009 – 717,700
2010 – 467,818
2011 – 518,869
2012 – 472,764

Total for 12 years: $4,963,019
Average for 12 years: $ 413,584

Note that 2008 was the first year in which the ZOA “forgot” to file its Form 990. It was not filed until the end of 2012, so the information about the enormity of Mort Klein’s salary was not publicly available for more than four years. The Form 990s for 2009, 2010 and 2011 were also not filed until late 2012, so again the public was in the dark. Moreover, Mort Klein actually laid off some employees and asked others to take pay cuts starting 2009 because of the recession.

It was the failure to file the Form 990s that caused the ZOA to lose its 501c3 status from May of 2011 until May of 2013, a fact that was covered up by Mort Klein until September of 2012.

Mort Klein justifies his enormous salary by claiming that he donated his time as a volunteer for the first six years at ZOA, and that his big increases were to compensate him for his sacrifice. That excuse doesn’t wash. First, the job was a volunteer one when Mort sought the position in 1994. He knew he was not getting paid. It is disingenuous for him to complain about it later.

Second, Mort Klein has stated in the press that if you averaged his salary for his 20 years of presidency of the ZOA, it would come out to only about $200,000 per year.

But Mort Klein’s arithmetic is off. Here’s the proof. We know Mort Klein earned substantially more than $400,000 in 2013, which will bring his total for 13 years to approximately $5.4 million. Assuming Mort Klein made absolutely nothing for the seven years of 1994 through 2000, his average salary would be approximately $270,000 per year, which is 35% more than the $200,000 he claims. Since Mort Klein almost certainly was paid a salary in 2000, and perhaps earlier, his average compensation is actually even higher.

Mort Klein has to know how much he earned and that his excuse that he averaged “only” $200,000 per year over 20 years is false. Why does he feels the need to understate his income so substantially?

Steve Goldberg, Mort Klein’s challenger for ZOA President, believes the ZOA should be spending money fighting for Israel, not enriching its President. If Steve is elected, the ZOA will no longer be squandering its money on an unseemly salary for its President. Instead, the money will be spent on programs, activism and growth aimed at defending Israel.

Stop Mistreatment of ZOA Employees!

The ZOA, under National President Mort Klein, has suffered unacceptably high turnover of valuable employees. The Forward has chronicled mistreatment of ZOA employees as early as 2006. Unfortunately, the pattern of bullying continues until today. The culture of fear, intimidation, and employee turnover under Mr. Klein derails ZOA from its mission and prevents employees from giving their best. For the ZOA to realize its full potential, employees must be treated fairly. Vote for Steve Goldberg to ensure the dedicated Zionists at ZOA can thrive. Learn more through this video.


ZOA Loses 501c3 Status Under Mort

On Sept. 11, the Zionist Organization of America’s (ZOA) board of directors met in New York and overwhelmingly approved a resolution expressing confidence in the organization’s direction and in the leadership of Morton Klein, its president of 19 years.

The vote came less than a day after a news report that ZOA had had its tax-exempt status revoked as far back as May 2011 for failing to file three consecutive years of key financial documents with the Internal Revenue Service.

Only one board member present at the meeting, ZOA National Vice Chair Steven Goldberg, voted against the resolution. Goldberg, a Los Angeles resident, told the Journal that he believes ZOA’s loss of tax-exempt status points to larger problems with the 115-year-old educational and advocacy nonprofit. In an interview on Sept. 12, Goldberg insisted Klein must be replaced for the ZOA to move forward.



Mort Klein: Top Five Overpaid Jewish Professionals

In the world of Jewish not-for-profits, some executives are above average. Or, at least, above average in compensation.

A new list of overpaid heads of Jewish organizations is made up of well-known names, each viewed by his board members as being exceptional, and each compensated exceptionally well. According to an independent analysis of Forward data, the list includes, in ascending order, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America and Matthew Brooks, who runs the Republican Jewish Coalition.



Mort Klein’s Abuse of Employees

During the buildup to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza last year, the Zionist Organization of America and its outspoken national president, Morton Klein, spearheaded opposition to the plan among right-wing American Jews. At the same time that he was juggling Middle Eastern politics, however, Klein also was facing down a lawsuit from his ghostwriter and top adviser and a labor grievance from the organization’s longtime receptionist.

The ZOA, a storied century-old organization, employs fewer than 20 people, but the two recent complaints are only the latest of a raft of workplace problems for Klein — problems that many inside the organization say he has caused. Klein was elected national president of the ZOA in 1993. Since then he has assumed almost complete control of the organization, staying in office thanks to a constitutional change that allows him to remain president indefinitely.

During his tenure, Klein has turned the ZOA into arguably the most prominent American opponent of Israeli territorial concessions and American aid to the Palestinians, with fiery speeches, endless press releases, frequent newspaper opinion pieces and intense lobbying in Washington. He has won over such big-name donors as Lowell Milken, brother of famous junk-bond trader Michael Milken. But interviews with more than a dozen former employees and board members indicate that Klein’s tenacity and control of the organization can make working for the ZOA a sometimes unnerving and unhappy experience.

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