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