After seeing Jack Bernard's recruitment ad for AARP in the NTH Opinion Page twice in one week, I found it necessary to state some know facts about this organization.
I, like many, cancelled my membership after learning more about their left-leaning political stances and activism. Since 1990, 87 percent of their total political contributions have been to Democratic candidates, and they have become a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party. They combated tax cuts during the Reagan and Bush administrations, fought the nomination of Clarence Thomas in 1991 and helped the Clinton administration defeat a balanced budget amendment in 1995.
They support Planned Parenthood, entitlements to migrant workers (2004), and supported gun control legislation in 2007. In their Mar/Apr 2003 magazine issue, they even honored George Soros in a "Fearless 50" article.
Today they support carbon tax and cap-and-trade policies and advocate for sanctuary cities. I was among the hundreds of thousands of members who cancelled their memberships when they announced their support of the Affordable Healthcare Act.
This non-profit received $762.6M (of their $1.3B) in 2013 from royalties on health insurance and other products. Many articles have reported their multi-billion-dollar conflict of interest as they partnered with United Healthcare, and they saved $2.8B over the next 10 years from the existence of Obamacare.
Since this organization does not have the same morals and values as many seniors have, it's good to know there are seven other senior membership organizations to choose from. The American Senior Association (ASA), the Christian Senior Association (CSA), and the the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), just to name a few.