One of the foremost parrots of the GOP Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, Hannity has displayed his solidarity with standard GOP support for our troops.
We have long had our suspicions about how much money from Sean Hannity’s highly-touted Freedom Concerts actually go to scholarships given out by Freedom Alliance, the charity run by Hannity’s pal, convicted liar Oliver North. Now, it appears as though our worst suspicions have been confirmed.
We saw red flags in 2006 and 2007 – especially in 2007, when we found that no portion of the ticket price was deemed tax deductible, and that only $4 of the ticket price for a ticket in San Diego that year went to the overall charity Freedom Alliance (not necessarily its scholarship fund).
Now conservative Debbie Schlussel has put out damning blog post about the paltry sums that actually went to vets and scholarships. We hardly think of Schlussel as a reputable source and she has a long-standing grudge against Hannity. But with a little help from my sister, the former accountant, we concluded that Schlussel’s basic conclusions about the Freedom Alliance are correct.
Only 7% and 12% in 2007 and 2008, respectively, (links to Freedom Alliance’s IRS forms that have the numbers can be found in Schlussel’s post), of Freedom Alliance’s revenues went to "grants and allocations," which, presumably, means vets and scholarships. That means that out of Freedom Alliance’s $12,459,317 total revenue in 2007, it gave $895,347 in total. In 2008, Freedom Alliance received $8,781,431 and it paid out $1.060,275.
For comparison purposes, United Negro College Fund gave out 56% and 45% in 2007 and 2008, respectively, of their total revenue. That means that UNCF received in 2007 $197,435,560 and gave out $111,260,696 and in 2008, its revenue was $240,455,525 and it gave out $108,354,765… [emphasis added]
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It has long been SOP for the GOP to be long on pseudo-patriotic claims, while using out troops as cannon fodder to further their own agenda and provide profit for corporate cronies. Whenever it came to providing our troops with the equipment they need, insisting they get R&R time at home, providing them the health care we owe them, giving them education benefits, raising their pay, etc., Democrats have to accomplish those goals over GOP objections. We may disagree with the wars, and I do, but when someone puts their life on the line for this nation, we owe them. The GOP evidently does not agree.
So we should not be surprised that Hannity and North lie to donors and rip off our vets. But that still leaves one question. What happened to all those millions of dollars? Perhaps Sean and Ollie spent them at the GOP Family Values Retreat, aka The Bunny Ranch.
Off topic: Catch the video in today’s Open Thread. It’s a hoot!