March 18, 2010, - 5:46 am

Sean Hannity’s Freedom CONcert Scam: Almost None of Charity’s $ Went to Injured Troops, Kids of Fallen Troops; G5s for Vannity?

By Debbie Schlussel

***  UPDATE, 4/5/10:  Responding to Schlussel Expose, Charity Navigator Downgrades Hannity Charity: Freedom Alliance Rating Now Only 2 Stars (”Needs Improvement”) ***

**** Check out my UPDATES to this story: 03/25/10 – Big Business: Who Owns the Freedom Concerts? How Sean Hannity’s Private Jets, Luxe SUVs, Suites Were Paid & 03/24/10 - Semantics of Vannity: New Hannity Soldiers Scam – “Buy My Book, (Non-Existent) Profits Go to Troops Charity” ****

****03/19/10:  SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE: My Response to Freedom Alliance’s/Oliver North’s Weak “Non-Response” & New Lies  ****

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.

But it’s all a huge scam.

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In fact, less than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferry the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.  Moreover, despite written assurances to donors that all money raised would go directly to scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes and not to expenses, has begun charging expenses of nearly $500,000 to give out just over $800,000 in scholarships.

In February 2009, a well-known conservative writer sent me this, about a friend at FOX News:

The guy went on to tell me about Hannity’s “Freedom Concerts,” which are staged across the country with the proceeds going to children of slain soldiers. Of course, as the guy tells it, there’d be a lot more money every concert to go to the cause if Hannity didn’t demand–and get–use of a Gulfstream 5 plane to fly him and his family/entourage to the concerts; a “fleet” (that’s the word the guy used) of either Cadillac or Lincoln SUVs for him and his family/entourage; and several suites at really expensive hotels for him and his family/entourage. The promoter apparently values Hannity’s star demands at well over $200,000 per event. The source says he heard that Oliver North pulled Hannity aside at one of the concerts and told him that this had to stop. But that may mean that, from now on, Hannity has to fly on a G4 instead of a G5, gets only a few luxury SUVs, and two or three suites.

North is the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance.

I began investigating these claims, and lo and behold, I discovered that Freedom Alliance gives very little money to the children of slain troops to pay for college and even less to wounded troops.  The stories of injuries to troops and how much Freedom Alliance gives them–$200 for a soldier from a poor neighborhood who lost three limbs–is heartbreaking.  Soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, severe wounds to the face from disfiguring burns and explosions, and multiple amputations got $1,000 or less, with only a handful of exceptions.

The tax forms available to the public for the Freedom Alliance–for the years 2006-2008–paint a tragic story, a story of a charity that makes gazillions and spends very little for the purposes it claims, a charity that spends millions more on its small staff and crony consultants than it ever gives in scholarships to the children of the fallen or severely injured troops or in aid to the injured troops themselves.  While Hannity’s Freedom Concerts take in millions, only a few hundred thousand go to the claimed intended recipients.

Over a year ago, when I began looking into this story, I contacted both Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance seeking comment and an accounting for where the money went.  Both declined to answer any of my questions.  Hannity refused to respond to an inquiry I sent to his personal private e-mail address asking him about the lavish expenses described in the e-mail above.

Freedom Alliance press secretary Alan Moore scheduled an interview for me with Freedom Alliance president Thomas Kilgannon, who in the past used Freedom Alliance resources to promote a book he wrote on the United Nations.  But when Moore asked me what the interview would be about and I answered truthfully, the interview was not granted, and my calls to him were never returned thereafter.  I told him I’d be asking Mr. Kilgannon about the expenses paid for Hannity and about the paltry percentage of Freedom Alliance funds actually going to the kids of fallen troops, to severely injured troops, and to anything other than expenses, consultants, and printing.  I wanted to know why Freedom Alliance had spent $60,000 for “aviation services” in 2006.

Keep in mind that a charity is considered reputable if no more than 25% of its revenue goes to expenses and no less than 75% of it goes to the intended charity recipients.  Given that, Freedom Alliance’s balance sheets are embarrassing in their shamelessness.

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.

On the other hand, 62% of the money went to “expenses,” including $979,485 for “consultants” and an “advisor.” Yes, consultant/advisors got more than double what injured troops and the kids of fallen troops got. The tax forms show that “New World Aviation” got paid $60,601 for “air travel.” Was that for Hannity’s G5? Like I said, neither the charity nor Hannity is talking. And finally, that year, Freedom Alliance spent $1,730,816 on postage and shipping and $1,414,215 on printing, for a total of $3,145,031, nearly half the revenue the charity spent that year and about eight times what the injured troops and the children of fallen ones received.

That’s especially heartbreaking when you compare the hundreds of thousands consultants got and the millions spent on printing and postage to the outrageously small amounts given to wounded soldiers. In 2006, Freedom Alliance gave only $1,000 to a soldier from Bay City, Michigan, whom the charity says was in the following condition:

Face was blown up and lost sight in one eye.

And that $1,000 was relatively generous, when you consider this soldier from Romulus, Michigan, whom Freedom Alliance only gave $200:

SM [serviceman] was involved in roadside bomb incident in Iraq, which caused loss of both legs and left arm.

Romulus is a mostly Black Detroit suburb, which is one of the poorest cities in Michigan and in America. Freedom Alliance gave this brave soldier roughly $67 per limb. That’s sickening.

So is the fact that this soldier, from Alexandria, Virginia, also only got $200 from Freedom Alliance:

SM was wounded in Iraq by an IED explosion.  Lost right arm and severe shrapnel wounds to upper body and face.

Also appalling is the fact that in each year’s tax returns soldiers described as having brain trauma injuries, multiple amputated limbs, and severe burns over most of their bodies get a few hundred bucks each from Freedom Alliance and in almost every case, no more than $1,000.

That year, while fat-cat consultants and expenses took millions of Freedom Alliance’s money, seriously wounded troops to whom Freedom Alliance donated received a pathetic average of $785 each and the college student kids of the fallen got a paltry average of $2,943 toward tuition. Yes, out of millions raised that year by Sean Hannity at his Freedom Concerts, only $309,000 was given out in scholarships to 105 students, and only $110,703.82 was given to the wounded soldiers.

Freedom Alliance’s 2007 tax returns aren’t much better. Out of $12,459,317 it raised that year, only $895,347–or just 7%–went to seriously wounded troops and scholarships for fallen troops. 53% went to expenses, including $1,464,627 in postage and $1,151,428 in printing. $604,995 went to “professional fees” and “consultants.” Out of millions paid for Freedom Concert tickets and raised in fundraisers by Hannity listeners, only $596,500 went to college scholarships for soldiers who died in battle, and only $299,897 went to horribly injured troops. 208 student children of the fallen got an average of $2,868 apiece for tuition, though many got only $1,000 or less. 382 soldiers with serious injuries got an average of $785 each.

And, again, that year, the amounts given to soldiers with such grave injuries is despicably tiny. This soldier, from Killeen, Texas, got only $500 from Freedom Alliance:

SM was wounded in Iraq on June 18, 2007 in Digula Province, Baquba, Iraq. An IED exploded on the truck, he took shrapnel to the face, which cut off a piece of his nose. Also had shrapnel in throat and cheeks, which cut open his face and the inside of his throat.

This soldier, from Brady, Texas, also received just $500 from Freedom Alliance:

While serving in Baghdad Iraq, SM was hit with an IED blast. Sustained disfigurement, blindness, and superficial burns on face, hearing loss to right ear, TBI, peppered shrapnel to the face and right upper extremity.

And then, there are the 2008 Freedom Alliance tax forms, which were signed in November 2009 and filed only recently.  That year, Freedom Alliance took in $8,781,431 in revenue and gave $1,060,275.57 total–or just 12%–to seriously wounded soldiers and for scholarships to kids of the fallen.  Remember, this is well below the 75% required to be considered a legitimate charity.  And after claiming in written letters to donors that 100% of the money donated, via the Freedom Concerts or otherwise, to the scholarships would go directly to the scholarships and not to expenses, the Freedom Alliance decided to do the contrary and charge expenses anyway–charging a whopping $436,386 to give out $802,250 in scholarships.  That means that 35% of the $1,238,636–all of which was supposed to go to scholarships for these kids of the fallen–went to Freedom Alliance.

Freedom Alliance spent $5,375,654–or 61% of its total revenue earned in 2008–on expenses, but actually 80% of the total revenue spent and given out for that year.  That includes $1,055,791 spent on postage and $925,392 on printing.  It spent $157,041 on travel.  Is this the item that includes the money for the alleged Sean Hannity Gulfstream flights?  Like I said, neither the charity nor Hannity will answer questions.

Meanwhile, 167 students got an average of just $4,803.89 each in tuition.  With the amount this charity raises, these kids should all be getting a free ride paid for by Freedom Alliance.

And 299 very seriously injured soldiers got an average of just $805.21 each for very grave injuries.  And the heartbreak of their stories and the disgustingly low amount donated to them continues.  This soldier, from Laurel, MD, got just $1,000:

SM lost both legs and one arm, below elbow, due to IED blast.  SM also lost hearing in both ears on April 21, 2008.

Wow, while Sean Hannity and his friends at Freedom Alliance are paying their crony consultants hundreds of thousands of dollars, they’re giving this soldier $200 per limb lost or rendered useless.

This soldier, from Fort Sam Houston, Texas (where my own father was first sent when he was drafted during Vietnam), fared even worse in Freedom Alliance’s “generosity,” receiving only $165:

SM is a bilateral amputee with 30% facial burns sustained during IED blast, 31 May 2008, OEF.

Just $165 for that?  Pathetic.  And so very tragic.

Since Sean Hannity is always bragging about his phony “investigations” (stuff he just rips off from others) and “investigative” skills, you’d think he could figure out how to read a tax return and bother to look at Freedom Alliance’s.  But you would be wrong.  He has neither the skills nor the desire.  He knows better and is well aware that they waste money on him and his luxe accommodations and travel.  But this isn’t about that or truly about helping the troops and the kids of our war dead.  It’s about promoting himself, the same way Angelina Jolie and Madonna get the press to film them in Africa.

To make matters worse, Hannity deliberately lied to his radio audience about how much money was going to the kids of the fallen American soldiers.  On May 28th of last year, Hannity told his listeners, “Our new sponsor, Boca Java, just pledged $30,000 to the Freedom Concerts.  That will provide a full one-year college scholarship for a kid of a fallen soldier.”  In fact, Freedom Alliance’s tax forms indicate it has never given any student more than $6,000 in a school year, and usually it’s been far less.  Many students only get $1,000, which will barely cover anything at most colleges, today.  A Boca Java spokeswoman told me that last year was the coffee purveyor’s last one sponsoring the Freedom Concerts, as it now donates directly to the troops, sending them free coffee and through sales of its Brew of Bravery.

A friend of mine was one of the artists who performed in Hannity’s Freedom Concerts and was shocked when I showed him the tax forms and the expenses.  He no longer performs at the concerts because he was tired of the egomania.  Now, he’s just angry.  “We paid our own way and for all of our costs and expenses to perform because we thought we were helping the troops and their families and that all the money was going to them.”

In investigating Freedom Alliance and its tax forms, I learned that the organizations which evaluate charities are entirely worthless.  Freedom Alliance is certified as “Best in America” by the “Independent Charities of America.”  It is also rated a “Four Star Charity” by “Charity Navigator.”  Both of these “ratings” are posted prominently on Freedom Alliance’s website, misleading donors into believing they are donating to a worthy cause, when in fact they are mostly donating to a black hole of expenses.  Even Charity Navigator notes in its strange, illogical, and mostly inaccurate Four Star rating that Freedom Alliance has a fund-raising “efficiency” of only nine cents on the dollar.  And, in fact, Charity Navigator’s ridiculous rating formula robotically crunches numbers in a way that considers the money spent mostly on consultants, postage, and printing as having gone to the wounded soldiers and kids of fallen soldiers, when in fact that’s not where it went at all.  It simply can’t be taken seriously.

And I’m not the only one who noticed.  The comments on Charity Navigator’s Freedom Alliance page are indicative that those who checked this charity’s tax forms also note the scam.

“Wonkling” wrote:

If you look at the actual 990, it breaks down its program expenses. They actually spent more money this past year on postage than they did over the past 4 years on scholarships. They paid 60k to an air company, millions to consultants, marketing, fundraising. Their actual expenditures on funds for children of killed/disabled veterans is far less than what they paid themselves or their consultants. Having a large capacity (4 stars) should not overshadow a cumbersome efficiency rating (2 stars).

“Chickenbone” wrote:

Since 2003 Freedom Alliance has collected in cash $48,241,571! Since 2003 they have spent on the Wounded and Dead Veterans and their Families $1,781,782 or .036 cents on the dollar, according to their own IRS 990′s!

Yes, Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts are just a giant con.  His gushing lumpenconservatariat fans and listeners actually believe he’s doing good, while he travels in style around the country feeding his ego.  It’s a win-win for him.  But it’s a lose-lose for the donors (who are mostly hard-working, Middle Americans who want to help our troops and their families and bought concert tickets and held other fundraisers) and mostly a loser for the kids of the fallen troops and the troops, themselves, who survived with very serious injuries.

You’ve heard the saying, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”  I love patriotism, but in this case, Sean Hannity’s “Freedom Concerts” and the Freedom Alliance are Exhibit A of that saying.  But they’re not really patriots.  Not even close.  Their only patriotism is to the faces they see in their mirrors.  Hey, Sean, you’re a “Great American.”

Sadly, the real great Americans–the ones who gave their lives and the ones who survived but gave their limbs and their skin for this country–are getting ripped off.

****  UPDATE, 03/18/10:  Just as I expected, the liars and frauds at Freedom Alliance want to keep the gravy train going for them and their cronies.  So they’ve issued a “response,” which doesn’t refute a single fact in here and frankly provides no hard evidence of anything . . . because they don’t have any. One of the “prominent bloggers” who posted the phony response is Erick Erickson, a guy who supports Rand Paul and the other 9/11 Truther Paul, and who defended Emily Zanotti, the lunatic who has been stalking me for four years and who praised Muslim death, rape, and torture threats against me and my family.  Yes, sadly, there are a growing number of anti-Semites on the right, and Erick Erickson is one of them.  And the anti-Semites are now the defenders of this rip off of our seriously wounded troops and the kids of our fallen heroes.

Here is my response to their extremely weak PR attempt at CYA:

In fact, the Freedom Alliance “response” doesn’t answer any of the questions I raised and goes on to lie more. They don’t address why they gave a triple amputee only $200—and in fact there are many of these examples provided in their tax return addendum, but I only cited a few for brevity’s sake. They also lie and claim that they gave a lot more money to charity b/c they categorize it as “program expenses.” But I’m sorry—calling $3 million in consulting fees, printing, and postage “program expenses” doesn’t change the fact that it still went to their cronies, not to a fund and not the soldiers who only got on average less than $900 apiece. It also doesn’t change the fact that out of the money spent (I didn’t use the money they claim they raised for their scholarship fund) the vast majority goes to those kinds of expenses.

Also, the “scholarship fund” is really a war chest for something else. We’ve been at war since 2001, when we went into Afghanistan, and we’re winding down in Iraq. Unless the kids were born in 2001 or thereafter, many of these kids are in college now and Freedom Alliance is giving them a pittance toward their college tuition, while they continue to build this massive war chest. With a giant multi-million dollar fund, why aren’t they giving the kids a free, complete ride to college? And how many kids of deceased troops will there be in the future? Enough to exhaust a multi-million dollar fund? Doubtful.

Moreover, because they hoarded millions of dollars, their returns show the fund shrunk by several million dollars with bad investments and market losses. That money could have put these kids through college for the entire time. What’s their excuse for the soldiers with no limbs and with severe burns? Are they waiting for two decades from now when technology is better? $165 for a soldier who is blind and his face blew up? No excuse for that. Their “response” is simply a non-response and an attempt to cover up the fraud. I will be posting more on this and on more fraud at Freedom Alliance, in the coming days. Stay tuned.
DS

**** Check out my UPDATES to this story: 03/25/10 – Big Business: Who Owns the Freedom Concerts? How Sean Hannity’s Private Jets, Luxe SUVs, Suites Were Paid & 03/24/10 - Semantics of Vannity: New Hannity Soldiers Scam – “Buy My Book, (Non-Existent) Profits Go to Troops Charity” ****

***  UPDATE, 4/5/10:  Responding to Schlussel Expose, Charity Navigator Downgrades Hannity Charity: Freedom Alliance Rating Now Only 2 Stars (”Needs Improvement”) ***

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658 Responses

How dare these people challenge the integrity of such a generous and righteous man as Mr Hannity. Don’t they realize that the Republicans are the elite, upper crust of our country? Shame on you!

Ron Murphy on April 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Will Fox report this “HELL NO”!!!!!!! Now can we have a full investigation of the illegal Iraq War created by Bush/Cheney………….. that has Killed or Maimed our soldiers??

Lamplighter on April 13, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Shawn Hannity and all the FOX liars need to get cancer.

    Fat Bastard on April 13, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Hannity & greedy people like him ARE a cancer.

      bettyboop33 on May 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

      No, they need to be drafted and sent overseas, preferably unarmed.

      dogface on March 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Shut up you fat nigger loving faggot bitch!

      Doesn't matter on June 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm

        Yes I agree she’s an ugle miserable person, she ought to look at the money being wasted by the Democrats for useless measurers, like what Pelosi spent running home every weekend to California spending millions, and Obama’s family million of dollar vacations.
        She better do some checking before she publishes things like this, I do not believe Sean would do that, he is an honorable man and his beliefs are honorable and besides he would not take the chance of doing anything wrong such as the cheap stuff she comes up with.
        The Democrats have to find slop like this for spread so as to get poples minds off the fact they have NOTHING to campaign with, them and their GREAT leader, What a Joke! So don’t fall for it!

        DemocratsAreRotten on May 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    The war in Iraq is legal.One you have listened to fools who do not know the constitution.The bombing in Libya was illegal up till congress funded it.Read the CONSTITUTION for yourself and put what makes it illegal would love to see you try use the constitution to prove your point.Use the words of the constitution when you try and lets see the words from it to back up your claims not someones opion on it.

    Robert on April 12, 2012 at 1:33 am

As a life long republican with some media background who began college later in life, and also I watch news 12 hours a day, between classes, I no longer trust anyone in the political arena.

steve on April 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

God, I love it when Republicans eat their own! Can you imagine living in a world of nothing but repugs, out there measuring the blades of each other’s St. Augustine lawns and sending nasty enforcement letters? Wrapping themselves so tightly in the flag that they’re all oxygen-deprived.

Mars Bonfire on April 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    You have to give her credit for that. Great investigative reporting. “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

    bettyboop33 on May 17, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Sean Hannity is poison for the USA. Will he ever be brought to justice in a court of law? Is it a fair statement to say, he’s a liar, thief and racist? How much of the Freedom Alliance Concert money went to minority slain soldiers families or wounded minorities themselves?

    dkt5331 on April 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

I run a NFP and we make sure to never say “All proceeds go to” since that is misleading. Our overhead is usually at least 50% of what we collect. That is just a reality of running charity events, especially ones where celebrities are involved (many celebrities will happily do the event for free but you always have to provide them with security, transportation, and whatever else is in their rider, which can be costly).

However, I have never seen less than 20% of money raised go to the actual charity or those in need. We have even been able to pass on more than 80% in the past via corporate sponsorship and grants. You have to manage the events within a budget. Limit consultants. Limit transportation costs. It sounds like this organization did none of those things.

Jack on May 1, 2010 at 6:31 am

Why has vannity never discussed this on his show. If he was such a stand up American he should go out of his way to disprove this but apparently he has something to hide.

tyler on July 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Sean Hannity is an American HERO! You liberals are all idiots. Get a freaking life, you morons…Sean Hannity has done more to raise money for our troops and their families than any of you liberal moochers ever will.

professorbob on August 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm

@professorbob, you are an idiot. It really doesn’t matter HOW much money SCAMitty raises for the troops, if he DOESN’T GIVE IT TO THEM!

PA_John on September 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

I don’t understand why criminal investigations have not be done. This is intentional fraud right? Anyone?

Ben on September 28, 2010 at 12:00 am

Why can’t anyone put down their loyalty to their ‘side’ and be a part of TEAM USA? It’s a shame that Americans can’t see anything without their rosy shades on darkening everything… Get over your ‘side’ and look at this for what it is… I’m not any sort of tax attorney, but when I look at those tax returns, I can see most of that money going to various places that are not soldiers or their families.

Sorry someone from your own team had to rat out a rat…

If someone wants to show me how to read those tax returns so that I might be able to better understand them, I’d be glad to learn…

MichaelB on November 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Wow, it sure is nice to have a blog to vent one’s spleen. In the real news world it would be slander. And every spiteful rant and its integrate delusions appear online without a reputable editor to shred it.

Natedawg on November 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Natedawg, this story was widely circulated, nine months ago, and it’s been accessible ever since. Hello?

Your desire to shred this story is ironic. Are you Ollie North by chance? That seems to be his answer to any truth he can’t deal with.

UDare on November 19, 2010 at 6:09 am

I have suspected this for a long time, I hav ealso heard the rumors, not yours either so you are not alone in this. I don’t listen tyo Sean Hannity, I dont’ listn to Bill O’Rielly either, they are all smug opportunists. People wasn tto help , give to the Veterans goups,m th emoney acvtually goes to the troops in one way or another. The disabled veterans is another group who could use helps since there Government funding was cut when Bush was in Office and then again when Obama took office, in fact Obama thought it would be a good idea if they had their own Private Doctor and hospitalization plan that they paid for.they can use it more than Hannity and his family. These troops are really coming back in bad shape, and they need real help, especially for their families. My heart goes out to all of them, thank you for this info, I appreciate it and I will continue giving to the Veterans groups..

Madhatter15 on January 6, 2011 at 6:36 pm

A liberal friend mocked my attendance at the past two Freedom Concerts, saying the concerts were a “scam”. I always thought I was doing a good thing , supporting the Freedom Alliance. I am concerned by the information published in this blog. I found this site as I was looking for information about the 2011 Freedom Concerts. I hope this blog is not accurate, as I have enjoyed the past two shows, and assumed that this was a quality charity that supplied voluntary benefits to soldiers and families of soldiers. I will be gravely disappointed if this is not on the up-and-up.

Past Concert Attendee on January 30, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Just gotta love it when the Liberals “investigate” a conservative. ALL anonymous sources who aren’t quoted on the record. Sounds all made up and sounds like a pack of lies. But that is nothing new for a little liberal.

Dan L on March 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    @ Dan L. – What I find so incredible about posts like yours (ie. those based on name-calling, generalizations about how evil ‘liberals’ are, etc.) is that while concrete evidence is provided, in this case links to the actual tax returns are available in the article, you feel confident that its “all made up” because you don’t like what it says.

    We are apparently living in times when using one’s brain is unnecessary according to many. Go with what you feel (or believe), shut your ears, and scream curses about your enemies.
    This can lead to nothing good.

    Tom A on March 15, 2011 at 11:58 am

nice article ! i wil visit this site more other article, thanks !

Gosip Artis Paling Hot on April 3, 2011 at 4:14 am

I run “Informing Christians” online. And I personally had an experience on the Hannity blog that left me with the belief that Hannity is just in this work for the money.

Not only does he have a liberal running his blog, he had an AARP ad running on it and an Islamic dating service ad, as well.

The Hannity show also gave a platform to Playboy Christie Hefner to look conservative.

Hannity is doing a job, a job owned by the liberal, Rupert Murdoch.

Debra J.M. Smith
An article is on my site.

Debra J.M. Smith on April 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    And whats your calling? Debra! You go out of your way to be informing to conservatives. But in this blog all you show is a judge mental side more then anything else. You don’t speak for all conservatives!And honestly I don’t think anyone has it rite what the money went.

    Lose Debra JM Smith!

    Conservative Underground on July 10, 2011 at 4:06 am

Hannity is another one who believes his money can buy his way out of any mess. Let’s show him that it can’t this time. He must be the most unpatriotic, un-American bastard this country has ever known. He belongs in prison along with North and his other cronies, never to see the light of day again. Anyone who can do what he is doing to our men and women in our armed forces and still sleep at night deserves to be put right up in the front lines so he can experience “for once” what it’s like to be scared half to death, and afraid of never seeing your loved ones ever again.
He has talked of “waterboarding”, a subject he has absolutely no knowledge of. He has told the world that Obama is weak, thereby making this great country look weak, insinuating that any country with two rifles and a bazooka could simply walk in and take over. He has not a clue as to what our troops can do when push comes to shove. They should all insist he leave the Fox propaganda show and possibly the country. And, he has done more to undo all of the good things that this administration has accomplished with his treasonist talk on TV. Fox., get rid of this scumbag.
Bob Bryan

Bob Bryan on April 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Shame on Hannity. Greed prevails!!! Here is an “uneducated” man who makes 100′s of millions with his syndicated radio shows. He continuously rants and raves about the military and how much they do for the country. Yet making sure his tush is comfy and that he is well rewarded for his “Freedom Alliance” concerts takes far more importance than ensuring that the money collected actually goes to those fallen soldiers that serve our country.
Why doesn’t a filthy rich man such as Hannity put on such a concert “to help the soldiers” for free. He certainly can afford to pay for his own airfare, pay for his family, pays for his hotel, and gives his speeches for free? He is like the rock star that needs to get wined and dined, and needs to get $50000 goody bags so that he can strum a note or two on his guitar and then claim that he did it for a good cause. If Hannity had a heart and a set of morals, then he would think about the soldiers first, and not about how he can personally benefit from these annual “Freedom” concerts. Hannity doesn’t need the money. The kids of these soldiers do. Once again, shame on Hannity and his entourage.

Jack Smythe on April 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

its no different when those liberal rock stars throw
a charity concert, not much of that money goes to the cause,
thats just the way it is.

willie on May 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm

It looks like Hannity and his cronies took a page out of the Eva Peron book, tell a big lie and send the $ to Switzerland. It is hard to believe that anyone pays any attention to this thief. And he steals from children of dead soldiers and paraplegic Vets. Can you go any lower than that ?!

Will Dawson on July 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Investigative journalism is not dead.
Thank you.

Hayes Whitt on July 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Are there any Democrat committees helping veterans and their children, or do they all just want to give money to Obama so he can tax us all, and not support veterans at all.

C Tor on September 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

This article is dumb. If I was a millionaire I would want to fly and drive around in nice jets/luxury autos. The guy works his tail off, who cares what he drives around in.

Without him doing this they would get nothing. Grow up liberal losers.

John on September 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I am a conservative republican and I trust none of these radio/TV personalities – they are all in it for the money. They shamelessly promote themselves and their lousy books. I only give to the Wounded Warrior’s Foundation because it is run by a retired military General. This makes me sick that good people are being fooled into giving money to this scam that goes into these theives pockets. Good thing I am not God or I would step on this planet and be done with it – for shame!

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JL & Associates, Ltd on October 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

It’s so funny when people glance at the headline, and then write some ignorant comment accusing the blogger of being a “liberal loser”.

Reading comprehension not encouraged in their homes, I suppose. Oh well, obviously they don’t mind padding Hannity’s pockets under false pretenses.

Vesus on November 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

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The article isn’t the least bit surprising. Hannity is an utter fraud- Fake journalist, fake jock, fake tough guy, fake humanitarian. What surprises me is the number of Wingnuts commenting who think Debbie Schlussel is a “Liberal.” How stupid are you people? Wait, don’t answer. I’d like to hold on to a sliver of hope for the human race.

Schlussel is as Wingnutty as they come.

Maybe, just maybe, in the future, people might want to READ before commenting.

fairlane on May 18, 2012 at 10:11 pm

This article in itself is a scam! My brother and I both receive a scholarship from Freedom Alliance. Freedom Alliance is helping many children who lost their parents in the war (they are also saving for futher Post 9/11 families as well). Anyone who believes this article should be ashamed. You should have something better to do than critize this organization.

P.S- You didn’t account for the outings/benefits for wounded vets and families all year around, the extra cost associated with their fundraisers and family donations, and the cost it takes to run their staff and facilities.

KC on July 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

This is terrible. I have always supported this charity and even attended one of the concerts. Not anymore, sorry. Until more money goes to the troops and the kids, I will find a home for my money somewhere else. This is very disappointing and this leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

Gail Paulson on July 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I hope All communications shut down and we all die together . Rich and Poor. All these left wing and right wing folks should die!!!!

eric maas on September 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

If this is true Hannity should receive wrath of God and get his demise just like the Clinton`s Pelosie`s and all of the Bush clan.
Oh Gore and Obama too. Hell fire on them all.
These people are the enemy of humanity and the enemy of GOD.
They need to be reduced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eric maas on September 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Just reading through the comments: Many of you out there are delusional, the epitome of “cognitive dissonance”, it isn’t about a party side, whether left/right, lib or conservative.
If you strip off the names and titles, you will see:

Some guy promotes concerts for charity, the concerts raise 10million, 3% goes to the advertised purpose, the rest gets passed around to family and friends.

Two groups are victimized here: The consumer (charity donor) and the intended charity recipient.

I can’t believe how absolutely ignorant people are, talking about sides. This is why you have lost all freedoms and liberty and will soon wake up to turn-key tyranny, you deserve no less. Keep making it about sides, it’s what the real elite want.

There is no such thing as a left/right paradigm, it’s two wings of the same predatory bird, it’s just something to distract the sheep.

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Jade art on February 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

So where’s the link to the response? Why are you afraid of information. I’m sitting here considering a sale from which I will donate profits to wounded warrior when I hear this news, so I want to know FACTS. Thanks for leaving out hannity’s response due to your bigotry. If you knew anything about Hannity you’d know he probably doesn’t have a clue that this is going on. I presume he is now well out of it but I can’t find that info. Where’s the link to what he said?

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Money Exchange nyc on March 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

Sam, Did you mean Freedom Alliance instead of Freedom Works? If so, yes indeed they did post an answer to Debbie’s accusations

http://www.freedomalliance.org/images/pdf_and_largepics/freedom_alliance_response.pdf

In it, they list how much they SPENT, but not how much they RAISED, or what percentage of what was raised was actually used to benefit wounded soldiers and their families.

Do not donate to this farce of a charity.

P: In fact, the Freedom Alliance “response” doesn’t answer any of the questions I raised and goes on to lie more. They don’t address why they gave a triple amputee only $200—and in fact there are many of these examples provided in their tax return addendum, but I only cited a few for brevity’s sake. They also lie and claim that they gave a lot more money to charity b/c they categorize it as “program expenses.” But I’m sorry—calling $3 million in consulting fees, printing, and postage “program expenses” doesn’t change the fact that it still went to their cronies, not to a fund and not the soldiers who only got on average less than $900 apiece. It also doesn’t change the fact that out of the money spent (I didn’t use the money they claim they raised for their scholarship fund) the vast majority goes to those kinds of expenses.

Also, the “scholarship fund” is really a war chest for something else. We’ve been at war since 2001, when we went into Afghanistan, and we’re winding down in Iraq. Unless the kids were born in 2001 or thereafter, many of these kids are in college now and Freedom Alliance is giving them a pittance toward their college tuition, while they continue to build this massive warchest. With a giant multi-million dollar fund, why aren’t they giving the kids a free, complete ride to college? And how many kids of deceased troops will there be in the future? Enough to exhaust a multi-million dollar fund? Doubtful.

Moreover, because they hoarded millions of dollars, their returns show the fund shrunk by several million dollars with bad investments and market losses. That money could have put these kids through college for the entire time. What’s their excuse for the soldiers with no limbs and with severe burns? Are they waiting for two decades from now when technology is better? $165 for a soldier who is blind and his face blew up? No excuse for that. Their “response” is simply a non-response and an attempt to cover up the fraud.
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