Sean Hannity - A Real Patriot for the...

Sean Hannity - A Real Patriot for the Troops

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Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#1 Nov 16, 2010
While right-wing whackos like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin have been getting all the headlines recently, some others like Sean Hannity have been sort of flying under the radar. Now it turns out that Hannity may be the biggest con man of them all -- a real con man bilking his fans out of millions of dollars in a fake charity.

Hannity created a charity called Freedom Alliance. According to Hannity, this charity was to help soldiers who had been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and to help pay for college for their children. To fund the charity, he held "Freedom concerts" across the country where the entertainers performed for nothing (and even paid their own way to get to the venue). He also sent out form letters asking for donations, and those letters promised that 100% of the money raised would be used to help the soldiers and their children.

To their credit, Hannity's right-wing fans fed millions of dollars into the charity through the concerts and the donations. There was only one problem. Very little of the money was getting to the military victims of the wars and their children. For a charity to be valid, at least 75% of the money raised must go toward helping the intended charity recipients (and most of the better charities do even better than that). But the intended recipients of Hannity's charity didn't receive anything even close to 75% of donations.

The great bulk of the donated money was spent on staff, advisors, form letters, postage, etc. At least $200,000 of the money raised at each concert was spent to fly Hannity, his family and friends to the concerts, rent limousines to ferry them around, and rooms at expensive hotels for them to stay in. Here are the figures for donations and money given to intended recipients according to the charity's tax forms:

2006
$10,822,785 in donations received
3.68% went to intended recipients

2007
$12,459,317 in donations received
7.19% went to intended recipients

2008
$8,781,431 in donations received
12.07% went to intended recipients

Folks, this is not a charity. This is a SCAM! While a few wounded soldiers and their children received a pittance, Hannity and his employees and advisors have been living high on the hog off the rest. How can this qualify as a charity when, at most, only 12% of donations actually went to the intended purpose?

Now some of you may be thinking this is just another left-wing attack on that great patriot Sean Hannity. Not so! The investigation that exposed Hannity's con game was done by right-wing columnist and blogger Debbie Schlussel. I invite you to go to her web site, where she has much more on Hannity's scam.

Schlussel puts it well when she says:

"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."
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#2 Nov 17, 2010
What a dolt you are, Jerry. Haven't you ever heard the addage that there's lies, damn lies and then there's statistics.

Statistics can be made to support any claim the user may want to make. In your case, Schlusser used them to tear down Sean Hannity, which is really funny when you think about it, which you apparently didn't. Sean Hannity donates to and raises money for the alliance through his solicitations and his Freedom Concerts, but it is NOT HIS CHARITY; it is Colonel Oliver North's charity. Hannity is not even on the board.

That said, each of the claims Schlusser has made about the charity have been rebutted, but, like others who seek only enough information to destroy another's credibility, you conveniently chose not to include that in this, your most recent tyrade.

You are some piece of work. Why don't you look up the rebuttal and get back to us, Jerry.
Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#3 Nov 17, 2010
What I Hate is That when its A Good Ole Boy or Gal from FAUX doing this its OK by you, Typical .....Ollie NORTH the guy who is or was supporting this told Hannity to cut out the Limo and Private plane services...

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 after 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.....Love the way they Want to Promote A charity for Our Troops but when it comes to the creature comfort and so called security issues then our Troops come in second Third and so on to Hannity's family and His followers....LOL AND If you Look at the FACTS you will see MORE point to this scenario...ALSO you can call it A charity by Spending 25 percent of the Money (or in Hannitys case Pocketing it for his Personnel use to Fly here and there and ride around in Luxury)....Way ta Go!!! A TRUE American....LOL
Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#4 Nov 17, 2010
Hannity’s defense is that he isn’t pocketing any money here, though Freedom Concert expenses are opaque enough to hide lots of emoluments and indulgences for Hannity and his entourage if Freedom Alliance chose to do so. But for a highly paid radio and TV guy like Hannity, clipping a few pennies from Freedom Alliance is chickenfeed, as he earns a pretty penny from Fox and others. One would think that Hannity’s fellow performers at last year’s Freedom Concerts, such as Charlie Daniels, Hank Williams Jr., Tony Orlando (sans Dawn), and Susan Lucci, plus featured pols and pundits like Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh (Rush’s brother), Curtis Sliwa (founder of the Guardian Angels), and former Congressman Tom DeLay, would be none too happy if Hannity were misusing charitable dollars.(Well, given DeLay’s use of ostensibly public charities for political purposes, we can probably remove him from that list.)

On Monday the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) watchdog group filed complaints with the FTC and IRS against Freedom Alliance, North, Hannity, and the Freedom Concerts.

At issue is whether Freedom Alliance is doing what it claims to be doing—whether it’s presenting information accurately for the public’s correct interpretation and analysis. Whether there is or isn’t a scholarship trust fund, whether the funds are banked for future payments or not, whether tuition payments in the $1,000 to $6,000 range (certainly low for many colleges and universities) are serious or inconsequential, there’s a lot more to Hannity’s charity than scholarships.

This is one political nonprofit that merits continuing scrutiny—from the right and the left.

“Radical Islam! Radical Islam! ”

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#5 Nov 17, 2010
I just hope america doesn't lose focus. Please America! keep voting for Krystal Palin!!!
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#6 Nov 17, 2010
More complete cluelessness from you here, Jerry. You keep saying "Hannity's charity", even after you're shown that it isn't. Next, even if anything you claim about the Freedom Concerts were true, why would you care whether $50 or $500,000 went to the charity after expenses? Have you donated even a nickel?

Again, you care not whether your 'report' has been debunked. It's more about you being able to smear a FOX personality with reckless reporting, as if you've single-handedly taken down Hannity in the eyes of Caruthersville folks. Worthless, I say...
Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#7 Nov 17, 2010
It it was NEVER HIS CHARITY??????Cmon Far away again Taking the GOP FAUX News Side aren't we?? The Man Started the Charity so He is RESPONSIBLE, and A lot of Conservatives think this way too... And Please show me where the report has been debunked? And NO Before I give to any institution I do research something YOU have yet to do....

“Radical Islam! Radical Islam! ”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#8 Nov 17, 2010
Apparently you don't know how to do research, Jerry

As Far Away stated, this charity was founded by Colonel Oliver North, not Sean Hannity. You've gotten hold of some bad facts, to say the least.

From the Freedom Alliance web site...

QUESTION. What is Sean Hannity's involvement with Freedom Alliance?

Sean Hannity is a great friend to Freedom Alliance. Sean has helped Freedom Alliance to raise millions of dollars for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. He has introduced our work and our organization to millions of Americans and we are grateful for his support and his tireless efforts on behalf of our men and women in uniform.

QUESTION. Does Oliver North or Sean Hannity get paid by Freedom Alliance for their work on behalf of the organization?

Neither Oliver North nor Sean Hannity draw a salary or stipend from Freedom Alliance, nor do they receive remunerations from Freedom Alliance as a result of their involvement in the Freedom Concerts. Over the years, both have donated their time, talent, and personal resources to Freedom Alliance and encouraged others to do the same. We are grateful for all they do.

QUESTION. How do the Freedom Concerts benefit Freedom Alliance?

The Freedom Concerts help Freedom Alliance in many ways. Through the concerts and related fundraising efforts, Freedom Alliance has raised millions of dollars for our Scholarship Fund and program activities. The concerts have helped Freedom Alliance to raise more than $10 million for the Scholarship Fund since 2003. The concerts also provide us with the opportunity to showcase our charitable and educational work for tens of thousands of people who attend the events each year. Through his promotion of the Freedom Concerts, on his radio and television broadcasts, Sean Hannity has also publicized Freedom Alliance’s work to millions of his listeners and viewers, many of whom choose to support our charitable and educational work.

QUESTION. Does Freedom Alliance have to pay expenses associated with the Freedom Concerts?

The Freedom Concerts are organized and operated by an entity other than Freedom Alliance, with net proceeds benefiting the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. Thus, Freedom Alliance is the grateful beneficiary of the Freedom Concerts but not the organizer or operator of the concerts. Although Freedom Alliance incurs some costs relating to the programs it runs in connection with the concerts (including hosting and transporting of service members and their families), those costs come out of Freedom Alliance’s programming budget and are not paid for by either the Scholarship Fund or the Freedom Concerts revenue.

QUESTION. How does Freedom Alliance put all those major events together?

Freedom Alliance does not host the Freedom Concerts. The concerts are organized and operated by an entity other than Freedom Alliance. Freedom Alliance does coordinate some program activities for service members and their families attending the concerts, but such events are paid for out of Freedom Alliance’s programming budget.

QUESTION. How much money has Freedom Alliance raised through the concerts?

The concerts have helped Freedom Alliance to raise more than $10 million for the Scholarship Fund since 2003.. Here is some information from Oliver Norths Freedom Alliance web site.

Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#9 Nov 17, 2010
Jerry wrote:
It it was NEVER HIS CHARITY??????Cmon Far away again Taking the GOP FAUX News Side aren't we?? The Man Started the Charity so He is RESPONSIBLE, and A lot of Conservatives think this way too... And Please show me where the report has been debunked? And NO Before I give to any institution I do research something YOU have yet to do....
http://www.wnd.com/index.php...

You missed the point entirely, Jerry. The Freedom Concerts are not--I repeat, are not--Freedom Alliance. The concerts are an event to raise funds FOR the charity. Again, my question to you is: since the concerts are not the charity and simply for the benefit of the charity, who should really give a rat's ass whether 100% of the net proceeds going to the charity is $50.00 or $50,000.00?
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#10 Nov 17, 2010
ComradeWinston wrote:
Apparently you don't know how to do research, Jerry

....
He also doesn't understand that truth is immutable. It is immutable, that is, to all but the likes of a blogger named Debbie Schlussel and our friend Jerry.
Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#11 Nov 17, 2010
creative accounting can make almost anything look like an "expense" Far away...Sean Hannity plugs HIS I repeat HIS Freedom Concerts on his radio show DAILY..official tax returns filed by the Freedom Alliance did indeed show that the foundation's overhead was far greater than it's charitable payouts for the last three years. Just 7-12% of funds were attributed to "grants and allocations", meaning they give far less percentage-wise than other scholarship foundations. As one example, the United Negro College Fund's average rate is around 50%.
If the Freedom Concerts' purpose is, as stated, a charity meant to raise money for the children of wounded combat veterans, they are more bloated and inefficient than most of the government agencies Hannity has been bashing, such as Medicare, the DMV and US Postal Service.
Because the Freedom Alliance writes off expenses of up to ten million dollars per year before funds are allocated for donation, it seems the operation is chiefly funding white-collar jobs for management, staff and third party consultants, air travel, "caging services" and mailing list providers....Ya See Far Away its How ya look at things, You wanna Push Him up on A Pedestal Go right ahead, Just Skew the LAW with Double Talk and wording to make it OK to SCREW the Disabled Vet and His Children...No I wont and I wont let Him Get away with it even if there the slightest bit of TRUTH to this.. Looking DEEPER into this Accusation is Justifiable and the RIGHT thing to do, Instead you wanna say Oh He's Doin the Right thing the Numbers say so..... Not I...
Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#12 Nov 17, 2010
And Thats IS the POINT Far Away The VETS are The ONLY Point, your Trying to Hook A fish the wrong way Bud....Not with Vets...

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Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#13 Nov 17, 2010
Even some on the "left" don't agree with the assertions of Mrs. Schlussel. Note the last paragraph of the link supplied by Far Away.

"Interestingly, one left-wing site actually casts doubt on Schlussel's reporting: Media Matters. From their analysis, which ultimately spins back toward the leftist agenda:'Unfortunately, Schlussel doesn't provide any documentation for the assertion that Freedom Alliance claimed in writing that 100 percent of donated funds would go to scholarships, so we don't know if it's true.'"

The Freedom Concerts have been promoted with the assurance the benefits are used to provide scholarships to those whose parents have been killed or severely injured in their service to the United States.

The organization said its Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, Support our Troops effort and Leadership Academy "would not be possible without the support of Mr. Hannity."

You've been duped again, Jerry
Jerry

Mahanoy City, PA

#14 Nov 17, 2010
ComradeWinston wrote:
Even some on the "left" don't agree with the assertions of Mrs. Schlussel. Note the last paragraph of the link supplied by Far Away.
"Interestingly, one left-wing site actually casts doubt on Schlussel's reporting: Media Matters. From their analysis, which ultimately spins back toward the leftist agenda:'Unfortunately, Schlussel doesn't provide any documentation for the assertion that Freedom Alliance claimed in writing that 100 percent of donated funds would go to scholarships, so we don't know if it's true.'"
The Freedom Concerts have been promoted with the assurance the benefits are used to provide scholarships to those whose parents have been killed or severely injured in their service to the United States.
The organization said its Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, Support our Troops effort and Leadership Academy "would not be possible without the support of Mr. Hannity."
You've been duped again, Jerry
The Only Dupped ones out here are YOU and Far Away, to take what Hannity and this so called Charity says for face value without Looking into is is typical For you two... I searched both sides and things are NOT what they say it is Gentlemen....
guest

Holcomb, MO

#15 Nov 17, 2010
ComradeWinston wrote:
Even some on the "left" don't agree with the assertions of Mrs. Schlussel. Note the last paragraph of the link supplied by Far Away.
"Interestingly, one left-wing site actually casts doubt on Schlussel's reporting: Media Matters. From their analysis, which ultimately spins back toward the leftist agenda:'Unfortunately, Schlussel doesn't provide any documentation for the assertion that Freedom Alliance claimed in writing that 100 percent of donated funds would go to scholarships, so we don't know if it's true.'"
The Freedom Concerts have been promoted with the assurance the benefits are used to provide scholarships to those whose parents have been killed or severely injured in their service to the United States.
The organization said its Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, Support our Troops effort and Leadership Academy "would not be possible without the support of Mr. Hannity."
You've been duped again, Jerry
All copied and paste. You speak of research but can you come up with a rebuttal on your own without using the words of someone else?
Liar

United States

#16 Nov 17, 2010
Jerry wrote:
It it was NEVER HIS CHARITY??????Cmon Far away again Taking the GOP FAUX News Side aren't we?? The Man Started the Charity so He is RESPONSIBLE, and A lot of Conservatives think this way too... And Please show me where the report has been debunked? And NO Before I give to any institution I do research something YOU have yet to do....
No, dumbshit you are making the accusations, show me where this is a charity estabilished and accountable to Hannity.
Liar

United States

#17 Nov 17, 2010
ComradeWinston wrote:
Even some on the "left" don't agree with the assertions of Mrs. Schlussel. Note the last paragraph of the link supplied by Far Away.
"Interestingly, one left-wing site actually casts doubt on Schlussel's reporting: Media Matters. From their analysis, which ultimately spins back toward the leftist agenda:'Unfortunately, Schlussel doesn't provide any documentation for the assertion that Freedom Alliance claimed in writing that 100 percent of donated funds would go to scholarships, so we don't know if it's true.'"
The Freedom Concerts have been promoted with the assurance the benefits are used to provide scholarships to those whose parents have been killed or severely injured in their service to the United States.
The organization said its Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, Support our Troops effort and Leadership Academy "would not be possible without the support of Mr. Hannity."
You've been duped again, Jerry
Yeah, Jerry's post is typical of his posting. All accusations and lies with no facts or basis to back any of it up. Show me the sources of all this accounting. Not just what someone has posted, but hard facts with accounting info. Schlussel is the perfect source for this idiot. What an idiot. Some people try to help the kids of wounded and killed military men and women and all he can do is find negative, nothing positive, to try to run the charity down. Typical, yes very typical of this idiot.
Liar

United States

#18 Nov 17, 2010
Jerry wrote:
<quoted text>The Only Dupped ones out here are YOU and Far Away, to take what Hannity and this so called Charity says for face value without Looking into is is typical For you two... I searched both sides and things are NOT what they say it is Gentlemen....
Typical. He gets his lies and bullshit shoved up his backside and he bends over and spreads them cheeks even wider. You are wrong dumbass, admit it and condemn the lies you have been duped by and put the criticism where it belongs. On you and your misleading stats that you have no facts to back up. Typical of this non researching idiot.
Liar

United States

#19 Nov 17, 2010
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
All copied and paste. You speak of research but can you come up with a rebuttal on your own without using the words of someone else?
Obviously you condemn the cut and paste posts of Jerry too????
Liar

United States

#20 Nov 17, 2010
Jerry wrote:
<quoted text>The Only Dupped ones out here are YOU and Far Away, to take what Hannity and this so called Charity says for face value without Looking into is is typical For you two... I searched both sides and things are NOT what they say it is Gentlemen....
Well you say this, but I still have not seen any references to back up what you say. Show us the references to back up what you posted in this post.

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