Thursday, March 18, 2010

Big Name Far Right Grifters - Updated 2X

This is coming from far right hate jockey Debbie Schlussel so who knows how reliable it is, but if it's true it should be a bigger story. She claims Sean Hannity is running a charity scam.
For the last several years, Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance “charity” have conducted “Freedom Concerts” across America. They’ve told you that they are raising money to pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen soldiers and to pay severely wounded war vets. And on Friday Night, Hannity will be honored with an award for this “Outstanding Community Service by a Radio Talk Show Host” at Talkers Magazine’s convention. [...]

According to its 2006 tax returns, Freedom Alliance reported revenue of $10, 822, 785, but only $397,900–or a beyond-measly 3.68%–of that was given to the children of fallen troops as scholarships or as aid to severely injured soldiers.
The 2007 returns aren't much better. Seems Sean has a taste for flying to the concerts in a Gulf Stream and bringing a posse that's chauffered around in a fleet of luxury vehicles and crashes at high end hotels. The amount of money they actually give to the vets and their families is insulting to their service to our country. These people have no shame.

Update: I see Debbie has already killed the link, which suggests she may have embellished the storyline. I suspect when Media Matters caught the story she got nervous and took it down.

Update Two: Well the Schlussel link appears to be working again. I didn't reread it to see if she changed anything, but I found it on Memorandum so I guess that means she's standing by her allegations. As Media Matters pointed out she didn't have a lot of source links, so I'm still not convinced it's true, but if it gets enough steam she and Hannity may have a showdown. Could get interesting.

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Blogger Mule Breath said...

The embedded link returns a 403 Forbidden error. Sure would like to read the whole story.

12:28:00 AM  
Blogger said...

It's just proof that the right wing machine is all about SHOWING ME THE MONEY.

8:55:00 AM  
Blogger said...

Here's the link, Mule Breath....

8:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Debbie Schlussel said...

Um, I didn't "kill the link." My site crashed. But it's back up and the link works. It's all true.

12:02:00 PM  
Blogger (O)CT(O)PUS said...

Libby - "I'm still not convinced it's true ..."

Does it have to be true? Do Beck, Hannity, or Limbaugh check their facts? Do they bother with truth?

I say: EMBELLISH IT! Make up shit! Give them a dose of their own (and see how they like it).

4:23:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Wow, wonder if that's the real Debbie commenting? Never thought I'd say this about her work, but I hope that piece gets legs.

8pus, every day I say the same thing to myself. Why not just give them a dose of their own medicine and make up crap about them? Guess we don't, because we're better than that.

11:06:00 AM  

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