Obama will donate prize money to charity

The president won't keep the $1.4 million he's entitled to for winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Published October 9, 2009 6:04PM (EDT)

President Obama won't be keeping the approximately $1.4 million that he won as part of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He'll be donating the money to charity, the White House announced Friday afternoon.

So far, there's been no word on which charity or charities will be getting the money. Presumably, the White House will want to vet the organizations to which the president donates to ensure that his choices don't give his opponents political fodder; that'll take a little while.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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