Hannity Loots Dead Vet Charity to Fund His Most Wanton Caligulan Impulses

Sean Hannity is an asshole who steals from dead vets. Die, you fuck!TV and radio hatecaster Sean ‘Squeaky’ Hannity likes to style himself as GI Joe’s most ardent supporter. Yes, of course it’s a joke. Everyone knows psychopathic narcissists like Squeaky are incapable of anything but non-stop abuse of any and all available resources to feed their relentless hunger for recognition.

So it was only a matter a time before Squeaky got close enough to a non-profit enterprise to loot it to fund his Caligulan impulses. What makes it doubly twisted is the fact that this charity is supposed to be distributing its funds to support the children of dead veterans and their survivors – but instead is being spent on shuttling Squeaky around in Gulfstream luxury jets and limousines.

In her investigation of neo-fascist front, the Freedom Alliance, run by war criminal Oliver North, and its series of ‘Freedom Concerts’, Debbie Schlussel found that Squeaky spent tens of thousands on luxury travel by private jets and limousines and luxury accommodations for Squeaky and his entourage of debauched, fawning mouthbreathers.

Oh, yes, it is so good to feel the leather under your bare ass at 30,000 feet, to drink the fresh blood of infants and laugh at the dwarf toss in the forward cabin. So fucking patriotic. But do you know what makes Squeaky a monarch of evil among petty criminals? The fact that he’s afforded this bacchanal by lying to Americans about providing for the survivors of dead vets.

Oh, yes, this is so sweet. The donors sent their hard-earned dollars for the widdoo orphans, hahahaha, and Squeaky spends it on champagne-fueled orgies in the sky. This is what America is all about. Oh, and the survivors? Yeah, they get a few pennies, just enough to keep the Freedom Alliance execs from being indicted for fraud. Schlussel dug out the details from primary documentation:

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.

That’s especially heartbreaking when you compare the hundreds of thousands consultants got and the millions spent on printing and postage to the outrageously small amounts given to wounded soldiers. In 2006, Freedom Alliance gave only $1,000 to a soldier from Bay City, Michigan, whom the charity says was in the following condition:

Face was blown up and lost sight in one eye.

And that $1,000 was relatively generous, when you consider this soldier from Romulus, Michigan, whom Freedom Alliance only gave $200:

SM [serviceman] was involved in roadside bomb incident in Iraq, which caused loss of both legs and left arm.

Romulus is a mostly Black Detroit suburb, which is one of the poorest cities in Michigan and in America. Freedom Alliance gave this brave soldier roughly $67 per limb. That’s sickening.

So is the fact that this soldier, from Alexandria, Virginia, also only got $200 from Freedom Alliance:

SM was wounded in Iraq by an IED explosion.  Lost right arm and severe shrapnel wounds to upper body and face.

Squeaky’s sacrifices in the name of the survivors is inspiring. That 3.68% of received revenues could have paid for dwarf tosses on the return legs of his Freedom Concert trips. How he endures these privations is beyond all ken.

Schlussel was denied an interview by these neofascist dogs, of course. They are patriots, right? To question a patriot makes you a vassal of Al Qaeda and a priori guilty of treason, right?  Still, if you don’t mind being accused of being a traitorous jackal by neofascist psychopaths, you can always print out her piece and go visit these animals and ask for an explanation yourself.

Here’s where to go:

Freedom Alliance
22570 Markey Court, Suite 240
Dulles, Virginia 20166

Or call:

Phone: 703.444.7940
Toll Free: 800.475.6620
Fax: 703.444.9893

And remember, the Paperwork Reduction Act requires that all non-profits surrender copies of their last three years tax filing , upon demand. So, while you are in the office being accused of hating the troops and their survivors, you might as well get copies and organize your own audit and report.

10 Comments

DEAR SIR/MADAME

REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
RE:TRANSFER OF US$31.5M US DOLLARS INTO YOUR ACCOUNT.

AFETR DUE CONSIDERATION WITH MY COLLEGUES AT MOST GREATEST LIVING US AMERICA OVERLURD SEAN HANNITY FREEDUM ALLINANZE I DECIDED TO FORWARD TO YOU THIS BUSINESS PROPOSAL.

WE WANT A RELIABLE PERSON WHO COULD ASSIST US TO TRANSFER THE SUM OF THIRTY-ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S. DOLLARS ONLY (US$31.5M) INTO HIS ACCOUNT. THIS RESULTS FROM PAYING OUT BAJILLIONS TO US AMERICA WAR ORPHAN “SCOLARSHIPS” AND SHIT…

LET HONESTY AND TRUST BE OUR WATCHWORD THROUGHOUT THIS TRANSACTION AND YOUR PROMPT REPLY WILL BE HIGHLY APPRECIATED.

BEST REGARDS,
TEN STAR GENERAL AND FIELD MARSHALL AND OH SO HONORABLE OLLIE NORTH

This is beyond disgusting. A closeted Republican whose uncontrollable lust finally thrusts him, so to speak, into picking up a Latino drag queen you can understand. But this shit is so . . . calculating. Chainsaw, you showed great restraint in reporting this story.

I was looking into this last night (including the 2008 990 form, filed late 2009), and, well, it’s complicated. American Spectator ran with the story yesterday, then retracted it after Freedom Alliance complained. In particular, the Gulfstream tale remains undocumented hearsay, which the organizers deny.

But to the 990: Freedom Alliance does raise $7-$10 million a year, with more spent on administrative and fundraising expenses to my taste, and less spent on handouts than one would like. But the charity/scholarship fund is only one of four programs the Alliance runs, the others being “educational” (read: propaganda) in nature.

In particular, Freedom Alliance says that yes, all money raised from the concerts goes to the charity/scholarship fund. The handouts look skimpy right now, because they’re saving money for eventual scholarship payouts — some of which may not happen for 10-15 years, given the age of vets’ kids.

Freedom Alliance also says it honors requests for donations to be applied solely to the charity/scholarship fund; otherwise money goes into a general account.

Debbie addresses this response in an update:

Also, the “scholarship fund” is really a war chest for something else. We’ve been at war since 2001, when we went into Afghanistan, and we’re winding down in Iraq. Unless the kids were born in 2001 or thereafter, many of these kids are in college now and Freedom Alliance is giving them a pittance toward their college tuition, while they continue to build this massive war chest. With a giant multi-million dollar fund, why aren’t they giving the kids a free, complete ride to college? And how many kids of deceased troops will there be in the future? Enough to exhaust a multi-million dollar fund? Doubtful.

That’s a bit weak, to my taste: She’s saying the Freedom Alliance can’t possibly spend the money it’s raised, but we really can’t know until we know how many kids are potentially covered, and their ages.

Anyway, it was late, the 990 was long, and I gave up on it: Couldn’t document her charge to my satisfaction, nor could I document the defense. The distributions are indeed meager, but as long as organizers say they aren’t commingling funds — and that funds raised are applied as intended — I don’t have the documentation to doubt them.

@Dodgerblue: I was running for a flight to deGaul. Didn’t have time to really wind up and wail. The big BEEP was the printing and postage bill. It really sounds like a propaganda mill that occasionally throws pennies and spits champagne at orphans and congratulates itself between orgies and dwarf tosses.

@nojo: In all charities the rule is pretty clear. If it’s not going to benefits of the cohort being serviced, it’s being snorted off of the bellies of hookers or paying for costumes for the dwarfs. This is a propaganda operation that hosts airborne orgies and keeps out of work neonazis in noshowjob shekels.

@FlyingChainSaw: No doubt, but I think Debbie overstated her case — the documented facts are damning enough without the Gulfstream, and there’s enough leftover uncertainty to merit some news organization looking into it.

It’s clear, for example, that relatively little money is being distributed right now to charitable recipients. Freedom Alliance says it’s saving most of it in a dedicated fund for later scholarship distribution (and there’s some hefty interest income in the 990), and it says that the charity funds are accounted for separately from the program funds.

But how that actually works is not clear (to me) from the 990. And I would want to take a closer look at the concert website, which pitches the fundraising: Are donors led to expect that their money will be spent now? And how much of that $7-$10 million is raised from the concerts and related activities?

Oh, and is the executive director’s $170k salary typical for that position?

There’s plenty there to raise eyebrows. But Debbie overplayed her hand, giving an opening for Ollie to strongly deny impropriety. She could have been more careful about her presentation, to my taste.

@nojo: Debbie should shut up for a while and track down a bunch of old accountants who’ve worked with non-profits, profile 12 scholarship charities and then look at the 990s. The fund-based accounting you cite is the classic architecture for charities. For scholarship funds, the 170K director’s salary is pornographic. One scholarship fund I give to has no operational expenses besides the post they spend on a one-page newsletter that comes out four times per year. The alums run it on a volunteer basis – and I doubt that this model is all that unusual. It’s pretty sure this is a drink-the-blood-of-vets scam but you need to hold up against its cohort to see how really strange it is – basically designed to be a cash cow for neonazis working at the edge of the law to avoid doing anything indictable. Proving it would be nice before you shit on their faces. But it is hard not to just want to drop a nasty crap on these guys the moment you have an opportunity.

@FlyingChainSaw: That’s the nagging detail: the scholarship/charity fund is just one of four programs, the rest of which are “educational” — i.e., propaganda. And while the 990 diligently lists all income and expenditures, I couldn’t determine how the funds themselves are divvied up.

So: She charges that of $10 million raised, less than $400,000 was paid in benefits. Which is true — but it’s not clear from the 990 how much of that $10 million was raised specificially for the charity program. Maybe they raised only $2 million toward that purpose — but to know, you’d have to see their books.

I don’t doubt that the people running the show are lining their pockets, and you can ask some pretty pointed questions from the 990. You don’t even need to prove anything to get a decent story out of it — just run the numbers (as she does) and ask whether they make sense.

For a comparison, look how everybody went after Wyclef Jean when the numbers looked fishy. Same story here.

@nojo: Woah. Classic charity accounting is fund accounting. You should be able to make sense of each program discretely and see who benefits. Even in my example, you can track contributions to the scholarship for the student who returns the highest achievement scores in Homeric Greek, say, and see who gets the scholarship money each year. You probably have a single deposit account at a bank but the books cut up the money into discrete scholarships, in our example. It sounds like they are selling ‘help the dead vets’ kids’ and spending it on crony gigs, propaganda and orgies.

Really, that is her story. You SHOULD be able to see each fund discretely accounted for in separate funds. The book should be clear. They’ve muddied the charitable activity they present as the essential value proposition and that is reflected in their accounting. They can’t do discrete fund-based accounting as they’d have to admit, yeah, we took in $10 million from boiler room-generated contributions from callers asking, ‘why don’t you care about dead vets’ kids going to college? What are you, an asshole?’ Then they’d have to give it away. With fuzzy accounting they can pretend, when it comes time to book the cash flows, they can pretend that they took in all of that money for four discrete programs. They didn’t . Best thing Debbie-cakes could do now is get all of their solicitations and see what they were pitching. Also, if she can find guys that did the usual boiler-room calling operation and get a copy of the script that would help, too. I am sure, they didn’t ring people up and tell they, ‘Hey, wanna send me a 100 bucks so Sean Hannity can send out signed copies of Mien Kampf?’

Add a Comment
Please log in or register to post a comment