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.
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**** 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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I’ve found that flag wavers tend to be phonies. Guy like Hannity never served a day in uniform and think that alking tough about war makes them warriors . They think that being “for” a war is just like actually fighting it. Cowards, the lot of them. The Right is chock full of guys just like him.
Thank you for this article. I’ll be sure to spread it around.

Felix on March 23, 2010 at 3:50 am

    The right is full of cowards, lol, yea right. Like the left has a leg to stand on when it comes to being brave, a real bunch of leftist, statist, bigoted, racists is what the left is made of, the biggest one being CIC.

    Rory on March 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    We call them “Chicken Hawks”

    Mayme on March 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Kal , it doesn’t matter how much she donated …

Eugene R Key on March 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

Hannity is a true chickenhawk coward piece of shit, just like his buddy Ted Nugent.

The truth about Hannity’s “charity” needs to be spread like wildfire, and the news media should start harping on it. Surely there is some kind of law that would put this scumbag in jail for fraud.

Toby H on March 23, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Gee Toby H, you sound like you know what a cowardly piece of shit is, how does it feel to be one? As far as jail goes, lets take a look at the tax evading crew in the White House, hows it feel that you have to pay while they dont. Maggot!

    Rory on March 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Rory…do you realize how STUPID you sound! I bet you would sh*t yourself if you came up on a big “scary” black man. You sound like a punk who only talks big “online”. Another cowardly racist like Beck and Hannity.

Jayneen on March 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

To The Reichwing Twins (Rory and Jim)

How does it really feel to be so deluded and uninformed? Hannity is but one of many of the chickenhawks who will gladly send you, your sons and daughters and anyone else they can dupe into believing that they’re actually fighting for our “freedom” to war. Bill Kristol and the whole PNAC crowd (and their paid propagandists)who told us that war with Iraq would be quick, cheap and relatively painless have NEVER served a day in uniform themselves. Nor have their children (and I suspect no one from their immediate families). A retired General who’s name I cannot recall said this (and I’m paraphrasing): “Those who advocate the loudest for war have never seen it’s aftermath nor had to bury it’s results”. You folks and the Tea Party crowd are a prophesy come true, namely that when (true) fascism comes to the shores of America it will come draped in the flag and bearing a cross (a flaming one is optional for folks like you) because really the only thing missing from your “protests” are the sheets and the hoods. And as a four year active duty vet (U.S. Marines)I feel I’ve earned my right to tell you bigoted. Everyone of the people you idolize, such as Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck are frauds, if anyone of them actually had to prove their “patriotism” and “bravery” (in actual combat) would probably drop their weapons and surrender before the first shot was fired. In fact, Limbaugh, who could have put his money where his mouth is in Vietnam (a war he supported)got a pass for having a super sized case of hemmorhoids. So since when are tax records not proof, Jim? And if anyone should apologize to anyone, it should be Blowhard Hannity, on his knees on the set of his show. Blubbering an apology to the wounded and the dead of an unjustified war and the families of those (truly) brave men and women. And to the donors who’ve given so generously and been lied to about who really benefits from their generosity.

Rick on March 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Rick , Thank you! Our group has spent countless hours emailing and linking to this site , newspaper , tv ect ect. We are even posting it on craigslist. check you local Craigslist site in RANTS AND RAVES and post a link to this site. In the USA our troops protect us and we will protect them!

fightingforce on March 23, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Thanks for giving this grifter the face time he actually deserves Ms. Schlussel.

However, this is old news; certain bloggers were on to this story years ago. Hannity is a businessman first and foremost, he’s out to put bread on the table by any means necessary and anybody who hitches their wagon to his star ought to be suspect. This is only the tip of the iceberg. This guy has insulated himself from certain illegal unethical activities and has yet to be exposed for even a tiny fraction of those nasty misdeeds.

Johnny on March 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

The problem is that charity pays money to people other than their intended targets.

This should simply be banned, to avoid professional PR hucksters to scam money from the public. Also the charity system as is currently easily corrupts otherwise well-meaning folk one small compromise at a time.

Charities also subsides the media by advertising — the media should donate the ad space, not take money from the cause.

Charity should simply be charity and not a business!

RightwingHippyChick on March 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

Caveat Emptor people – Let the buyers beware…
If the fat (or dumb) ass conservative players want to feed all the fat head conservative pockets, so be it – Their only agenda is self proliferation albeit by means of a war machine, propaganda,and the hard sell push of their own morals-values agenda, buy in or push off. Just like the proverbial poem:

This who write on sh*t house walls
roll their sh*t in little balls
those who read those walls of wit
eat those little balls of sh*t

…think I’ll stick to a more healthier diet

bulletnose on March 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

My Mom was born in Poland In 1925 her family was a business family she was educated “she wanted to be a nurse” Her and her family kept up with the going’s on in Germany like the rest on the world. When Germany invaded Poland Her family was put in the streets she was taken from her family at the age of 14 and put in forced labor camps “building bomb shell tails” that she said her and the others didn’t do a very good job on. SHE SEEN IT WITH HER OWN EYES. She taught my brother and me not to be racist’s or judge mental She loves America and what it stood for Sunday night she cryed.

Cowboy on March 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm

What a snake. But you know what? It won’t change anything. His audience will stay his audience. They’re that intransigent. Fools.

David on March 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Good work. But it is to be expected. In our world, there is hardly any charity at all anymore, only lots of show. “Ptriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”….

That sentence has always been true, and it will remain so. I just wonder why people don’t heed it more.

Talleyrand on March 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm

I live in Alabama. We were the unfortunate victims of mr hannity’s radio program debut at a small am radio station in Athens several years ago. I still have trouble believing that he was able to take his ronald reagan nonsense to Atlanta and then end up where he is today still speaking the same utter crap. I have long believed that most of his callers are plants in the next room because the prepared text rarely changes and the fawning women all sound the same. I have known a few great Americans. Calling him one spits in their faces.

ken on March 25, 2010 at 12:27 am

Never forget the definition of charity:
“Poor people from rich countries giving money to rich people in poor countries”

Swap some names and locations in that and you’ve got Hannitygate.

David on March 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

Personally, I am going to do some more research before coming to a conclusion on this.

I am a veteran as was my Dad, my Grandfather, as well as my Son and my Daughter. I will give the benefit of the doubt to the Freedom Alliance for the time being but will also be doing more research. And if I find any information to back up these very sad alligations, I will post them here.

Mark Baker on March 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

In response to anyone who wants to claim this story is not true, are you saying that Freedom Alliance lied on their tax returns? Because that is where this info is coming from, you idiots:
THEIR OWN TAX RETURNS!

shane on March 25, 2010 at 11:12 am

    No…what we are saying is this STUPID CUNT misread the returns you dumb fuck!

    Mark T. on April 1, 2010 at 3:05 am

      Nice language. Is that the best you can do? Rather than refute the evidence, you would belittle the messenger, in a rather infantile fashion. Look at the tax returns for yourself. The evidence is right there in plain sight.

      Jeff on April 1, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hannity and his allies say to vote them out in November. Go
to http://www.blackboxvoting.org

larrysliberty on March 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Wow…I never realized how much hate is out there. I have (on several occasions) listened to both Hannity and Rush. I have even listened to Mark Lavin. I am a Republican, but not a koolaid drinker. Some of the things that these men say, do not make a lot of sense. But some things do… The fact that people see a person (like Obama, or Hannity) and completely disregard everything they say becausse of their affiliation is amazing. I would never stop listening to the president, but I may question what he says from time to time…. Remember the speach to the schools? I teach third grade and wanted to show my students the speach. I did not vote for Obama (Nor do I like most of his politics!!!) However, I believe that when our President speaks…America should listen. Not believe everything that every politician says, but listen and make up your own mind.

You people who call people racist and bigots and everything else should have your freedom od speech taken away. It is like calling fire in a crowded theater…It does no good! Be a grown up and discuss this like grown adults.

If you disagree with what I say, Fine with me, but just remember, I am a conservative and I am teaching your kids!!!!! (Who has the last laugh?)

Mr. White on March 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Mr. White:

    If you are teaching our kids then we are in bigger trouble than I realized – “becausse” is spelled “because”- “speach” is spelled “speech” for beginners and furthermore, your overall structure, syntax, punctuation,and vocabulary need work. A lot of work. I’m not exactly a wordsmith either, but I have no teaching credentials either, thank God. You do.
    Perhaps “becausse” is a typo – but “speach” is misspelled twice the same way. I don’t know what to say to this. Trouble. Wow. Last laugh? Whatever you say.

    Big Downer on March 26, 2010 at 1:31 am

Not one word from one true victim to legitimize any of the above accusations. No Snopes here. Wonder why? You lefties have been duped – idiots.

Glenn Martin on March 26, 2010 at 1:55 am

Glenn Martin – We have THEIR OWN TAX FORMS! They themselves admit to everything stated here about their finances.

And you want to call US idiots? Boy, if only you had enough sense to see how ignorant and pigheaded that makes you appear – at least it does to anyone who HAS enough sense to do simple arithmetic on their tax forms!

I have to keep telling myself over and over, “This is normal. remember, 50% of the population are below-average. Don’t be so surprised at how many people are willing to step up and proudly display their inability to reason to the whole world.”, otherwise I’d be even more appalled at the words and actions from the right.

Ermine on March 26, 2010 at 7:26 am

Is there going to be a criminal investigation. This thug should be locked up. He surely will be fired from Fox News. Well maybe not, Fox doesn’t have standards for their “journalist”.

FYI on March 27, 2010 at 10:54 pm

We live in an age of massive scams.

The bailouts.
The derivatives gambling.
The housing bubble.
Etc.

Hannity is a cancerous piece of the same tumor.

Rambeau on March 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

Ms. Schlussel’s piece on the grifter Hannity is REAL journalism. Well researched, articulated and irrefutable. This should be lesson 101 for any of the FOX Republinazi entertainers on the ‘how to’ of investigative journalism.

The only point requiring clarification is the comparison of the noble and sincere ladies, Jolie and Madonna, to the the sleaze Hannity in all three using fame as a promotional vehicle for film crews. Neither Jolie nor Madonna have mass audience TV and radio shows. You’d be hard pressed to find two woman who have given more to help children out of a world of hurt.

Neither Jolie nor Madonna are snake oil salesman.

Patrick on March 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

Glen Martin,

You are a real shit for brains.

Cantbelieve@yahoo.com on March 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

Is there anyone except the conservative kool aid drinkers that are surprised by this.
The entire concept of conservatism is just one big CON job.

Listen to the rhetoric of anyone who labels themselves CONSERVATIVE and ask yourself if in any way the rhetoric lives up to the hype.
Look at Ronald SPEND US INTO BANKRUPTCY “FISCAL CONservative REAGAN”
Look at SADIST MASS MURDERER LIAR GEORGE BUSH THE CHRISTIAN CONservative

Yeah! That’s what I thought

Larry on March 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I have always thought that those flag waving Americans are the least patriotic and this article validates it. A mere $200 for to an amputee out of a sock of millions? As an immigrant who as fallen in love with the ideals of what this country stand for, my Thank You to a service man is what much more than $200. Its a shame!!!

Gabe on March 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Please reconsider your position. You might want to think about associating with people who profit from the misery of others.

Daniel on March 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Why soo much suprise??? We have all had a call from some organization which claims to be “feeding the poor”,”clothing the kids” or “supporting the troops”.etc…And then a further inquiry only reveals 12% is going to the charity it is supposed to be supporting. When you answer a message with insults and hate, you become what you claim to despise. If the allegations are true then let the chips fall where they may!If they are inaccurate(we have all seen false tax returns, or false documents pertaining to a Presidents service records)Then allow the accused its “Day in court”. After all, that is truly the american way.(innocent until PROVEN guilty)

Erik on March 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

The funny thing about all of this is that the vast majority of this site’s audience probably used to cheer on about how awesome he was exposing all of the evil liberals and their insidious plots to turn the United States into a socialist dictatorship.

Valid criticisms of Hannity have fallen on deaf ears with the fringe right with it all being swept under the rug as a liberal smear campaign but when he does this he’s suddenly the worst person in the world.

I agree that what he did was wrong and as a DoD employee I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women in uniform and their families but the majority of the people here complaining make me laugh.

Signed,
A Centrist Libertarian Laughing at Neo-Cons

Joe on March 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I never cared much for Sean Hannity..the way he cheerleads for the RINO loving Palin simply sickens me. Besides that his questionable behavior in regards to investigative pieces that were plagiarized from others (including yourself) told me in no uncertain terms that he’s just out to profit from the valid conservative effort to restore America to it’s once and former glory. I usually tune out once O Reilly is over, but after this i’ll definitely make that a definite occurrence.

Daniel on March 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

I dont get people at all anymore. I read this blog and you people are arguing about what the left does wrong as apposed to what the right does wrong. Both parties should have to answer when they are doing something wrong, and in this case, Hannity is taking money he promised to give to kids whose parent died while fighting for this country. Who gives a damn what whether they are democrat or republican? I am a democrat but it makes me mad when democrats are trying to get campaign funds because threats were made agianst them. Wake up America!! Wrong is wrong!!

lstl4 on March 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

You obviously have an assasination assignment.

Ben on March 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Master Chun sez: “Assassination is the highest form of public service”. Sorry, I’m retired!

J.L.Lee on March 30, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Oj Simpson committed murder, but was able to afford a defense that set him free. Sean Hannity has Rupert Murdock behind him. Jail time? Though deserved, I don’t think so. There is however, one hopeful thought. North, Murdock, have reputations to protect. Wouldn’t it be fun to watch if they all sold each other out, and Hannity actually did take the fall.

steve in Hawaii on March 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    That would be fun. I am not optimistic, however, of any harm coming to Fox in the near future. argggg

    Dave on March 31, 2010 at 3:12 am

“And shame on you Debbie Schlussel, blogs like this will never get you close to Ann Colter’s ratings.”
WTF? if that’s your measure of truth, then I can see why you are so confused. How does your remark have anything to do with the what the article is about? And it’s Coulter not Colter.

Dave on March 31, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Dave,

    Does that Nazi Bitch,Trans Gender whore Ann Coulter, turn you on?

    Laura NYC

    Laura on April 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I am a 72 years old man, retired political analyst and to tell you the truth I told many of my friends that something was rotten with that Hannity’s concert. But there issues much more dangerous and that is secrets meetings and schooling to bring down Obama and to demoralize him. In these secret meetings they give instructions on how to act in congress and to force the mainstream media to take the issues.
The instructions are then given to the GOP congress and the right wing media are as follow. One issue at a time, repetition and make it sound real, if you are invited to the mainstream media “don’t shut up, over talk the host, push for the issue in the agenda, keep the base excited and incited. ,

Jose Alemar on March 31, 2010 at 9:46 am

Isnt this intentional deception and fraud? If not it seems to be professional negligence & mismanagement of donations? Possibly all 4?

I would think it is illegal? If so lets do something about it? Where do we start? I assume no one wants to – you just want to bitch on the internet then forget in a week or two.

That said I might be way off base – possibly this is how all charities are, they spend millions to survive so they can make small donations?

Tony Schwartz on March 31, 2010 at 11:19 am

t_schwartz317@sbcglobal.net

Sorry

Tony Schwartz on March 31, 2010 at 11:22 am

Debbie, I am so glad someone finally looked into this. I always had the feeling the acts in these concerts were not donating their time, and couldn’t see that very much money was given to the “freedom” alliance. I hope this gets a lot more press.

Chris on March 31, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Sean Hannity simply put is political hack,and if all of of a sudden Fox news decided to lean left, Hannity would be on board if he knew he could profit from it.This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Tommy on March 31, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Interesting how nasty negative comments in support of your blog are staying alive on your comments stack. My comment last night (March 30th) was removed. It touches too close to home for our vendetta focused MS. Schlussel. Shame on Sean for not quoting you more! Did you think a celebrity with daily and nightly show commitments, who draws tens of thousands to arenas should or could travel by Grey Hound or Ox Cart? As you dig deeper you will find that Sean has donated millions personally to FA and other great causes. The opposite of what you wanted to happen will happen, Ms. Schlussel, as the humble truth about how these concerts help so many is told. Shame on you!

Who Cares?! on April 1, 2010 at 12:52 am

It’s about time this fake was exposed. C’mon people, we are talking about our service men and women. Send him along with fat ass Rush and idiot Mark on their way. They have made enough money off of this terrible war.

Biz on April 1, 2010 at 1:07 am

Debbie you are a trashy little slime merchant who can’t seem to be fucking bothered with facts and you use WAY TOO MANY “anonymous sources”…sounds like you are making shit up again, just like you did about Steven Crowder! You are a filthy fucking cunt and maybe you should just join the DNC!

MT: Ah, it’s the typical, sane, premature articulation of the Hannity-bots. Not unhinged at all. You stay classy, Mark T. Anyone who wants to write him, his e-mail address is usn505@yahoo.com. So sad, that such an unstable cretin may have served in the Navy. DS

Mark T. on April 1, 2010 at 3:08 am

Is anyone suprised that the money Hannity took in the name of charity along with his partner in crime Oliver North, never went to the wounded Vets.

Just another Republican whore.

Come on Right Wingers, make your excuses and blame the Democrats.

The Republican Party suffers from a mental illness.

Laura on April 1, 2010 at 10:27 am

Wow, Mark T., do you kiss your mother with that mouth? There is something deeply, deeply wrong with you.

Excellent piece of journalism, Ms. Schlussel. If only the right could practice more of it, but a serious look at its conservative purveyors shows very little of it gets done. They’d rather distribute smear jobs and parrot talking points, which is why the rare gem like this stands out.

de la on April 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Hey Mark T,

Aren’t you from the party that claims to be the party of morals?

I’m still waiting for Hannity to get waterboarded in the name of charity.

One of his many, many lies. I will donate to that charity and throw Scumbag, Dick Cheney in for good measure.

Laura on April 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

remember EVERYONE KEEP POSTING THIS LINK ON THEIR CITY’S CRAIGSLIST Site.

USM on April 2, 2010 at 9:14 pm

We I first started listening to Sean Hannity, I actually called KSL Radio Station and complained about the fact that Sean was broadcasting false information about the war in Iraq. I don’t mind when people are mistaken about a few details, we all get things wrong from time to time, but Sean was seriously misleading the public. War isn’t a joke. I have a family member who is permanently disabled from serving in Iraq. I’ve seen him suffer. Two of my nephews have served in Iraq. It is vital that the American people are receiving correct information about the situation over their. It is our right. Simple put, Sean Hannity deliberately lies to the American people to get ratings and for entertainment purposes. War isn’t entertainment. This is sick. I think we should all boycott the sponsors of Sean Hannity. We should NOT give one penny to support this type of propaganda.

Melinda Wallace on April 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Debbie Schlussel-
Excellent article. The overabundance of documentation (numbers and such) make it far more interesting to read. Have you considered notifying federal agencies about this fraudulent organization? At the very least, I would like to see their tax-exempt status disappear. That is very sickening, partially because of the mistrust it fosters in the legitimacy of other charities.

Also, you should really make people sign in before they can leave a comment. It weeds out trolls, etc.

Dana on April 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

why doesn’t someone post the tax forms here for all to judge for themselves??
that would answer any questions anyone has..?

bob rus on April 4, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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