Former Director of SPD Used Impoverished Designers’ Money To Buy Fur Coat

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With sadness, then outrage, we read the news that Bride Whelan, the former SPD director who apparently “everybody loved,” was convicted of grand larceny for charging over $150,000 of personal purchases to SPD credit cards.

Whelan–pictured at right in a respectable cloth coat–bought airline tickets, hotel rooms, makeup, medical exams and a $2,500 fur coat on SPD’s dime from 1999 to 2004. Let’s see…with SPD’s annual membership dues at $195, that coat represented the life savings of almost 13 out-of-work art directors. None of whom will ever possess a scrap of mink as they claw their way into brutal mid-level publishing jobs. For shame.