[UPDATED] Is Sean Hannity’s ‘Freedom Concert’ Series Skimping on Charity?

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Friday, March 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

Conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel follows a tip and finds enough problems with Sean Hannity’s “Freedom Concerts” — star-studded events meant to pay for scholarships for the children of fallen soldiers — to dub them “scams.”

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.

Read the whole thing — Freedom Concerts didn’t respond to Schlussel, who often operates on the fringe. But other conservatives are starting to pile on.

UPDATE: Freedom Alliance, which runs this project, responds to Schlussel and challenges her facts.

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Süpér Chùñdy
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

And now we wait for other “legitimate & conservatives to either ignore the story or attack Schlussel–who's conservative bonafides are solid. She is not some liberal muckraker and she has an inside source for the story. Hannity is toast!


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Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

I totally agree super chundy. The response from prominent conservatives will be deafining silence. I go to debbies blog quit regularly and its funny some of the people there actually think hannity is going to respond to this. Not a chance! I've seen it a hundred times they just ignore it. I'm really hoping the main stream media picks up on this story but honestly it seems to me they all sleep in the same bed.


NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism
Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

Weigel,

This looks like an interesting story. Ditch the Debbie-Loathes-Sean angle and look at the tax forms. They seem to back Schlussel's claims.

And you've got Con questioning Con here. Don't just throw this in the batch with the extras. Do a story on it.


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Comment posted March 19, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

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Comment posted March 20, 2010 @ 4:38 am

Haha!

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Start spiffin' up that eunuch voice of yours…….You got a lotta 'splaining to do!


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