Conservatives Peg Sean Hannity In Military Charity Scandal

Conservatives Peg Sean Hannity In Military Charity Scandal


Rick Ungar pivots off of conservative talker Debbie Schlussel’s investigation and comes up with the following about Freedom Alliance’s “Freedom Concerts,” which were supposed to raise money to send the children of fallen soldiers to college and help wounded soldiers pay their bills.

Apparently they’ve done little of either.

The numbers…

In 2008, the charity raised $8,781,431 in revenue and gave out just $1,060,275.57–or 12%–to seriously wounded soldiers and for scholarships to kids of soldiers who have died. About 80% was spent on expenses, including $1,055,791 on postage, $925,392 on printing and $157,041 on travel.

Folks, when a charity’s expenditure on stamps equals the amount they spent fulfilling the actual mission of the charity, something is seriously wrong.

It is a well established rule of thumb that a legitimate charity is expected to spend 75% of its revenues on the mission of the charity. In 2008, Freedom Alliance spent 12%

And that was a good year!

The charity’s 2007 tax return reveals only 7% was spent on scholarships and payments to veterans. The 2006 returns reveal a truly appalling situation – while the organization took in almost $11 million, they spent only $400,000 on scholarships and grants to injured soldiers.

And apparently conservatives warned Hannity about his profligate ways. Schlussel shares this email from a “well known conservative writer” and his conversation with 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.

Here’s the thing…the goal of this organization is very valuable and if it worked the way it should it would help a lot of people. So I applaud those who started this because I’m sure the intentions were noble.

Still, Hannity now has a choice…either return the money he has taken out of the organization (since we all know he can afford it) or suffer the wrath of conservatives, liberals and military personnel everywhere.

In short, do the right thing Sean.

More as it develops…

  • Agnostick
  • gerryf

    Still, Hannity now has a choice…either return the money….or suffer the wrath of conservatives…

    …or continue to do whatever the heck he wants because he doesn’t care what anyone other than those who will continue to adore him no matter what and see this as an attack by the libs or libs in GOP clothing.

    If we have learned anything about the right is they don’t care about indiscretion by their leadership.

    All Hannity has to do is say, “I know it looks like they have proof, but they made it up. 99 percent of everything that comes in goes to wounded troops and their kids. Can I prove that? What the heck are you, a commie? I don’t have to prove it. I said it. It’s true.”

  • Chris

    Yeah he’s a douche, what do you expect?

  • Andres

    A couple of sites that put this up already posted retractions. They’re conservative, but they initially went for blood on Hannity for this.

    Seems like it might just be misinformation, which would be nothing foreign to Debbie Schlussel. Her sources are tax returns and a friend of a friend. Doesn’t look like she knocked on any doors trying to get answers.

  • Chris

    I’m with Andres on this. The headline should be retracted or at least offer a note that this is under current review. Has there been backup or review of the original article/research? I know that Hannity’s group posted a response, but has there been a non-partisan review/audit?

  • Steve

    For those of you who are now DEMANDING that things be ‘retracted,’ that more PROOF be provided before anyone is allowed to even THINK that Sean Hannity might be a scoundrel (we all know he’s a liar and a con man), please consider just how much PROOF you have required before you accused Obama of everything under the sun, from a terrorist to a baby-killer to Hitler. Now, you suddenly care about giving someone the benefit of the friggin doubt? What a laugh.

    I worked in charitable organizations for years, and if the percentages listed above are nearly accurate, Hannity should be in big trouble. Big trouble. There is absolutely no excuse for those figures. None.

    What I want to know is if anyone is investigating FOX Noise. After all, they gave him a huge platform from which to advertise the events.

  • Erik

    Yeah, there are scandals of conservative as well as democrats, neither side is ‘immuned’ to greediness. I also think that people who take money that they shouldn’t have taken should be fined with 2 or 3 times the amount of money that they have stolen.

  • Mark

    Wow, you mean you can get some people at the Democratic convention say mean things about Republicans? That changes everything!

    I guess cutting taxes really does increase revenues, and climate change isn’t real, and the Ryan budget’s numbers really do add up, and invading Iraq was actually a great idea!

    I’m of the view that we care about government because it implements policies that affect people’s lives. You’re apparently of the view that politics is about finding a sense of emotional belongingness to a large group.