So, does CCSVI Alliance spend any money on an office, airfare, luncheons, etc. or do they just hand over all the money to universities doing studies?
If it's the latter than I see no problem at all.
Every organization has overhead, so it is impossible to assume that 100% of every dollar goes to studies. That would mean that someone would have to donate travel, donate web server space, etc., which just isn't feasible.
Shouldn't bother most, though, if they are fine contributing to the NMSS. While the NMSS spent just shy of $36 million in research (including fellowships) in 2009, they spent $59 million on salaries the same year...including over $470K for its CEO.
Oh...and another $8 million for retirement and health care benefits for those employees.
And since you brought up travel, the NMSS spent $3.2 million on travel. Funny, with 53 "local" chapters. That's a lot of travel.
Oh, and there were 56 independent contractors paid over $100K each in 2009 for the NMSS.
All in all, the NMSS received over $229 million in 2009 and spent nearly $219 million of it...but don't worry. They "invested" that "extra" $10 million...including what they paid into their pension plan.
No wonder they could only swing a paltry $6 million into CCSVI research.