Thursday, December 14, 2017

Veterans Charity Raises Millions Keeps 90%

"I'm flabbergasted," said Levite, who served with Hampton on the board of Circle of Friends for American Veterans from 2006 to 2009. "Those figures blow me away."


Meanwhile, Hampton's reported compensation quadrupled -- to $340,126 between his two nonprofits in 2015 -- in less than a decade.

-great work trying to protect public integrity @sarahkleiner9


Lots of charities do this. I get phone calls weekly from all sorts of charities. The first question I ask is
"How much of each dollar does the charity get?" Most are honest, but some try to tell me the charity gets 100% of the money and then lie to me that the owner of the telemarketing firm is doing this free. Telemarketers are just barely more honest than debt collectors.

The ones that do answer honestly no more than 15% goes to the charity.

Charities do this because they believe 15% is better than nothing.

I will ask what the charity is, google it on my phone and make a donation directly while I am talking to the telemarketer. That way they get 100%.

The people I have a real problem with are "celebrities" like Slant Head Hannity that would demand private jets and hotel suites to go to Wounded Warrior funcitons.

" 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.

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.

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"

"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"

Those are the real scams.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-12-15 07:13 AM

should be plainly illegal. conservatives call it Freedom.

#2 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-12-15 11:42 PM

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