Let’s Get Hannitized

March 19th, 2010 at 9:12 am David Frum | 47 Comments |

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Debbie Schlussel has just posted a disturbing story credibly alleging serious financial improprieties at Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts.

[L]ess than 20%–and in two recent years, less than 7% and 4%, respectively–of the money raised by Freedom Alliance went to these causes, while millions of dollars went to expenses, including consultants and apparently to ferret the Hannity posse of family and friends in high style. And, despite Hannity’s statements to the contrary on his nationally syndicated radio show, few of the children of fallen soldiers got more than $1,000-$2,000, with apparently none getting more than $6,000, while Freedom Alliance appears to have spent tens of thousands of dollars for private planes.  Moreover, despite written assurances to donors that all money raised would go directly to scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes and not to expenses, has begun charging expenses of nearly $500,000 to give out just over $800,000 in scholarships.

It’s of course possible that this is a misunderstanding or mistake by Schlussel.

If mistaken, one would assume we’ll hear a defense from Hannity himself or his many admirers. If not mistaken, you’d assume we’d hear some kind of reaction from conservatives – and some kind of explanation/apology from Hannity. It’s not possible – is it? – that the conservative world will just pass by the affair in embarrassed silence?

True, Schlussel’s piece went up yesterday evening, and as of 9 am I can find no mention or reference in the conservative blogosphere. But its early.

So here’s my personal query. I’m going to set my google alert and twitter feed to find Hannity items. If anybody who can plausibly be considered a conservative discusses – even mentions – the Schlussel allegations, I’ll let you know. And if nobody does … well that’s not possible. Is it?


UPDATE: First mention! TheNextRight’s blogger RBIII tweets at 9:38 AM.

Apparently, allegations about Hannity are more important than that shredding of the Constitution if you’re a ‘Progressive.’

Posted at 9:44am


UPDATE 2:  Here‘s John Tabin at the  American Spectator blog:

As Schlussel points out, reputable charities are expected to run with overhead of no more than 25%; these concerts are running with overhead of as much as 96%. I suppose it’s possible that Hannity himself wasn’t aware of what the balance sheet looks like, but a source tells Schlussel that Freedom Alliance founder Oliver North confronted Hannity at one point about how much of the charity’s money was being spent on private jets, luxury SUVs, and hotel suite. If that’s true, Hannity has a lot of explaining to do.

Posted at 11:20am


UPDATE 3: John Tabin updates his report at AmSpec:

“I’m hearing from reliable sources that Schlussel’s suggestion that Freedom Alliance pays for Hannity’s travel expenses is wrong. There’s little doubt that, if the numbers she cites are correct, the charity is seriously mismanaged, but it might not be as bad for Hannity personally as Schlussel’s report makes it look. Stay tuned.”

Posted at 1:45pm


UPDATE 4: Freedom Alliance has released a statement responding to Debbie Schlussel’s allegations.

Posted at 3:00pm

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47 Comments so far ↓

  • DFL

    “That’s amazing. That’s unbelievable,” says the language-limited host.

    Hannity is intellectually limited yet I never thought him to be dishonest. I hope Miss Schlussel is incorrect but I wouldn’t be surprised if her claims had some merit.

  • cporet

    You’re a great American, Sean!

  • Carney

    I used to be a donor to Freedom Alliance many years ago. I earnestly hope this is not true; we can’t afford someone of Hannity’s stature to take such a blow to his credibility.

    It can be easy to be sucked in to the trappings of wealth, bit by bit, increment by increment, especially because as you become more wealthy you constantly meet people who are far more wealthy than you. Your “new normal” changes, and you come to expect the gifts showered upon you as an entitlement or at least routine rather than eyebrow-raising, sometimes with “security” or “privacy” as an excuse.

    I think this is what happened to Duke Cunningham and some other corrupt congressmen. They make only about $150,000 (barely enough, or not enough, to maintain two homes, including one in the DC area, and also deal with kids, college tuition, etc).

    But Hannity, who makes millions already, shouldn’t have been doing this on a charity’s dime, especially when it made directly contrary promises.

  • ottovbvs

    Hannity a phony?…….shearing the sheep?……surely not?

  • sinz54

    It’s always better to clean your own house, before your enemies start pointing out how dirty your house is.

    I wish more political junkies–all across the political spectrum–understood this point. (Cf: John & Elizabeth Edwards.)

  • ottovbvs

    sinz54 // Mar 19, 2010 at 10:58 am
    ” wish more political junkies–all across the political spectrum–understood this point. (Cf: John & Elizabeth Edwards.”

    Guess what Sinz…..most people including Democrats of my acquaintance think Edwards is a scumbag……does this make Hannity less of one?

  • DFL

    Who would bet that the “Great One” will defend Hannity tonight. That is, if the “Great One” shows up on his own show. The “Great One” misses as many of his radio shows as State Senator Barack Obama voted “present” in the Illinois State Senate.

  • TerryF99

    “Freedom Alliance founder Oliver North ”

    Say no more. When you have a criminal in charge of a charity is it any surprise they are skimming the thing as an income stream!

  • SFTor1

    There is no scumbag like John Edwards. This is very true. I marvel at the splendor of John Edwards’s scumbagginess. It is breathtaking. If I was his friend, I would take him outside and beat him up until he stopped moving.

    On to Sean Hannity. Stealing from war orphans? If that is the case I would think that is right up there with John Edwards. Breathtaking in its own way, and definitely worthy of a knuckle sandwich. If it is true.

  • Independent

    TeaBagged at #9 plays his usual game of “fast and loose” with the truth, by passing even B’fault on the exit ramp of the Highway to the Desperation Zone with ““Freedom Alliance founder Oliver North” Say no more. When you have a criminal in charge of a charity…”

    Facts checked: Oliver North’s “criminalty” includes 3 minor felony convictions that were later vacated by a federal judge.

    Oliver North is a great American patriot who, when reminded, cause the farLeft trolls to foam and froth like caged animals in heat.

    You, did indeed, TeaBagged pass by B’fault on the exit ramp with this lie.

  • MSheridan

    Look, even as a liberal it was clear to me that Hannity was not a real conservative of any stripe. He’s a not particularly bright fake who happens to be good at enthusiastic jingoism. So given that he’s not and never has been an elected Republican or even a leading Republican intellectual figure, there isn’t really any need to worry about what to do with him personally. Make an example of him and move on. You can bet that’s what will happen if it is ever shown that Stephen Colbert is scamming money when he delivers his appeals for donations to the troops or to the Winter Olympics hockey team, or whatever.

    But I’m not exactly holding my breath expecting Fox to do the right thing here–at least not of its own accord. Even leaving politics out of it, Hannity’s worth a lot to Fox. It will need to be…convinced…by viewer response that he’s now a liability or he’ll stick around, continuing to poison the well of American conservatism for another 10 to 15 years at least.

  • SFTor1

    Independent,

    you must go look up “Type A authoritarian,” and “hysteric personality disorder.”

    OK, I made up the last one, but look it up anyway. I am so happy that you are not in my social circles.

    How pathetic is it to try to pass of the Iran-Contra scandal as some sort of patriotic enterprise? Very, very, very pathetic.

  • Independent

    ottoBS contends: “Guess what Sinz…..most people including Democrats of my acquaintance think Edwards is a scumbag.”

    Well, you must not be acquainted with the 300,000 democrats who voted for him in the NC senate nomination race… or the 3.1m democrats who voted for him in the 04 democrat primaries… or the 1.1m democrats who voted for him in 08 democrat primaries… or the dozens of high ranking democrats who urged Obama to pick Edwards as a veep in 08… or the 15% of democrats in NC who still admire him and think favorably of him… or the 25% of democrats nationwide who still think favorably of John Edwards –that is a lot of democrats voting for your alleged “scumbag”, ottoBS.

    Are you really sure you’re a democrat –not one of those farLeft FF trolls who confesses to once being a GOPer and is now an independent –but voting 100% of the time for democrats?

    (wink)

  • Independent

    Not at all SFTor1 –but thanks for trying to put words in my mouth.

    I was clear –evidently not enough to penetrate the farLeft brain stem you have, tho.

    TeaBagged said North was a criminal. He isn’t. Facts checked. TeaBagged is still practicing the fine art of democrats-lying-all-the-time schtick. It’s a hazard of their Party.

  • Independent

    By the way, the only thing that’s “very, very, very pathetic” here –to use your line– is what appears to be Hannity’s greed and ego.

    Here’s a new matrix of mine: when you have expanding ego and hubris, divided by accelerated celebrity, it always equals an increased odd of 100% that colossal failure is eminent.

    Hannity seems to be case in point. Obama is another.

    Two of the same peas, just in different pods.

  • KFS444

    Hannity is a cartoon of a pundit. This does not surprise me at all.

  • COProgressive

    Insannity is just another snakeoil salesman. But in his case he is selling “scholarships for kids of the fallen heroes” and making use of the money, generously given, to feather his own nest.

    Insannity is no different to the late-night AM radio evangelist preachers that use to scream and plead and beg people to “give until it hurts” all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then pocket the money and laugh all the way to the bank.

    Something never change.

  • COProgressive

    BTW, has Insannity been waterboarded for charity yet? There’s a LOT of money out there waiting to see that happen.

  • Jeffry1

    Wow…this is REALLY BAD. Assuming this is ture, and on the surface it sure does look that way, then this guy should be investigated for fraud! And I am a conservative as you know. But I have watched the legitimate intellectual ideals of smaller government, lower taxes, etc. embodied in our political philosophy high-jacked by the so-called “conservative voices” like Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck etc. and watched their egos explode along with their wallets. The thing about Hannity is that I never liked the guy. I always thought he is an intellectual light-weight (anyone watching him “debate” can see this).

    I have said that in government power corrupts…but that is true in any aspect of life. This guy may have started off having legitimate conservative beefs with the establishement. But as I watch messengers like him deteriorate from serious voices of a serious ideal to rock star celebrity status I see the messenger thinking himself the focus and thus the demands for the trappings of such begin. What a joke this man is. Always was. His demise will be a boon to real conservatives.

    By the way, I saw your posts on the last article…there is much I can counter with, but who would listen.

  • theod

    The Daily Kos had this story >2yrs ago (Aug 2007) with numbers and
    analysis: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/6/6165/93743

    Did any Conservatives make a peep? Not at all. The same was true with
    respect to Gingrich’s abuse of 501c3 regs; Grover Norquist’s money-laundering schemes; the Abramoff/Reed flim-flams; and Tom DeLay’s machinations with campaign funds. Ergo: It’s OK If You Are A Republican.

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  • LFC

    Independent actually defended Iran-Contra? He/she defended selling weapons to the fanatics in Iran, against the laws of our country, to a terrorist group that was known to have murdered innocent people?

    Independent, why do you hate America, and why do you support treason?

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  • ottovbvs

    LFC // Mar 19, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    “Independent actually defended Iran-Contra? He/she defended selling weapons to the fanatics in Iran, against the laws of our country, to a terrorist group that was known to have murdered innocent people?”

    ……But it was ok because Republicans did it!!!…….selling weapons to the Iranians is fine just so long as it’s Republicans doing it……it only becomes a: (crime against humanity, treason against America, an Obama plot to communize us) fit your own phrase….. if Democrats do it

  • mlloyd

    theod– also haven’t seen much about the Ensign-related subpoenas to the NRSC. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/87781-nrsc-subpoenaed

    Everyone has a tendency to minimize the faults of “our side,” I guess.

  • ottovbvs

    mlloyd // Mar 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    “Everyone has a tendency to minimize the faults of “our side,” I guess.”

    …….from what I’ve read about this case I’d say Ensign is likely to end up getting indicted because the Feds seem to be casting a wide net

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  • Independent

    You now it’s a bad day in the land of farLeft trolls when the FF echo chamber is reduced to the likes of ottBS and LFC feeding off each other for some much needed mo-jo.

    Sorry guys, America’s #1 patriot, USMC Col Oliver North, ret, is not a criminal. He was following the orders of his superiors while in the service of his country. The arms that were sold to Iran were used to kill Saddam’s Republican Guard. In exchange –remind me of what America got?

    Oh yeah, the thing that held your great statesman, JimmineyCircket hostage in the Rose Garden for weeks and weeks on end –our fellow US citizens, CIA agents and soldiers kidnapped by the Iranian fundamentalist terrorists you guys help out into power.

    Hey, I know it’s hard for your side to imagine a President having some success in international affairs –what with Obama’s only success being a Nobel prize for being Obama.

    Here’s a new matrix of mine: when you have expanding ego and hubris, divided by accelerated celebrity, it always equals an increased odd of 100% that colossal failure is eminent.

    Hannity seems to be case in point. Obama is another.

    Two of the same peas, just in different pods.

    Nice try at the echo chamber, trolls. I think you should consult professionals like B’fault and agent’P before trying it again.

  • Jeffry1

    Theod. I am a Republican and it is not ok. Fraud is fraud. If this was a story in the Daily Kos back with any legs, then instead of asking why no con. news outlets ran with it, tell me why MSNBC, the other mainstream networks, etc. did not either. This is the absolute first I have ever heard of this story. As I said, if this is true, then the guy should be investigated.

  • Jeffry1

    Independent…Ollie North craps bigger than otto and LFC.

    There is still no bigger fraud in America than Barack Hussein Obama. Never has so much power been given to a man with so little substance and history by so many people who knew so little about him. A man who, but for his color, would never have been taken seriously in a PTA election.

  • ottovbvs

    Jeffry1 // Mar 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    …….your opinions on Obama are interesting but predictable, any one eating carrots?, but really nothing to do with whether Hannity is a crook

  • ottovbvs

    Independent // Mar 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    ” Here’s a new matrix of mine: when you have expanding ego and hubris, divided by accelerated celebrity, it always equals an increased odd of 100% that colossal failure is eminent.”

    ……Sure worked out like that for George Bush…..is that why you voted for him……to test your theory?

  • MSheridan

    Ah, Independent must be a lot younger than I’d have guessed. Otherwise he’d remember that the hostages he criticized Jimmy Carter for being unable to help were released literally on Reagan’s first day in office in 1981, after months of work by Warren Christopher. Aside from conspiracy theorists on the left, no one believes Reagan had anything to do with the release of those hostages. The weapons in question were sold over a two-year period starting in Reagan’s second term and the hostages in the “arms for hostages” scandal were abducted on Reagan’s watch and not just in a single abduction. Some were abducted (it is believed) as replacements for those already released and unlike the embassy staff, not all of them were, in fact, released. Some never were.

    But heck, I’m just a lefty. I know you won’t listen to me. How about this guy, though? First, let me say I take full responsibility for my own actions and for those of my administration. As angry as I may be about activities undertaken without my knowledge, I am still accountable for those activities. As disappointed as I may be in some who served me, I’m still the one who must answer to the American people for this behavior. And as personally distasteful as I find secret bank accounts and diverted funds – well, as the Navy would say, this happened on my watch.

    Let’s start with the part that is the most controversial. A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not As the Tower board reported, what began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated, in its implementation, into trading arms for hostages. This runs counter to my own beliefs, to administration policy, and to the original strategy we had in mind. There are reasons why it happened, but no excuses. It was a mistake.

    I undertook the original Iran initiative in order to develop relations with those who might assume leadership in a post-Khomeini government. It’s clear from the Board’s report, however, that I let my personal concern for the hostages spill over into the geo- political strategy of reaching out to Iran. I asked so many questions about the hostages’ welfare that I didn’t ask enough about the specifics of the total Iran plan.

    Let me say to the hostage families: We have not given up. We never will. And I promise you we’ll use every legitimate means to free your loved ones from captivity. But I must also caution that those Americans who freely remain in such dangerous areas must know that they’re responsible for their own safety.

  • Independent

    MSheridan must be older… it’s the only way to excuse the mentally feeble mind of his, no? Warren Christopher “saved” the hostages? Oh, get real.

    Arguably the worst Secy of State in history, the chinless & gutless & spineless Warren Christopher as SoS-Jr tried to negotiate the release of the US hostages but failed in his effort for a record 444 days. His boss, Carter’s Secy of State Cy Vance, resigned in protest over the actions of Carter in authorizing Operation Eagle Claw to free –by military force– the American hostages who had become pawns of the jihadists in Iran and the perfect metaphor for Carter’s failure as a president.

    The hostages were released because Reagan became President and the Iranians feared he would be the strong, decisive leader that he proved well to be. They feared him given his saber rattling pledges during the campaign and the lead-in to assuming office from the failed & disgraced Carter team. That’s why the hostages came home on the day of his Inaugural –Christopher couldn’t have even arranged bus transit for the hostages, if needed, let alone get the hostages free… he was the same utter failure his president modeled for him so well.

    Hey, Warren Christopher didn’t even have the guts to resign his position, like his more honorable boss Cy Vance, for his continued failure to secure the freedom of our fellow citizens in Tehran.

    Christopher went on to sell out America and help turn over the Panama Canal to a bunch of drug-running, old school, Chicago Thug-styled despots in Panama… that Geo Bush 41 had to go in and clean out.

    Like saving the hostages, I can understand how the farLeft would like to imagine the wildly successful Mr Carter somehow accomplished something that eluded him for 444 days straight.

    Just like you’d like to forget that Carter’s human rights initiative against the Shah of Iran lead directly to the rise of the Islamic jihadist terror threat and you’d like to forget how Carter’s sell out of America to a drug lord had to be cleaned up, again, by yet another GOPer.

    But then, you guys are certain that Obama is a whompingly great success as a foreign leader –even if it is just about his celebrity over any substance.

    These days, that’s all you got to hang a hat on.

  • Independent

    MSheridan punts: “But heck, I’m just a lefty. I know you won’t listen to me. How about this guy, though?”

    Well, at least you aren’t the intellectually dishonest lefty that many here try to play with the “I was a GOPer, now I’m an independent” hoax.

    Ronald Reagan’s words –perfectly crafted and brilliantly delivered by a seasoned actor who knew his part and his lines–should have just reminded you of the phrase “plausible deniability.

    But it didn’t. Alas.

    Here’s a bit of trivia for you MSheridan… if you look at the wiki entry for “plausible deniability”… it references the so called Guns4Hostages affair as an example of the use of presidential PD. Neat, eh?

    But as the Church Committee once noted about presidential PD, the buck should still stop with the President.

    Today, Obama doesn’t believe the buck stops with him… he’s spent the first yr trying to pin it on anyone, everyone but him. Bush, Cheney, Rove, Fox News, the GOP, the evil insurance industry, bankers, GM, ignorant American voters, fear mongerers… and when one of the Obami is close by, Obama will toss the culprit under the Obama Bus if he needs to for politically expediency… nice guy.

  • ottovbvs

    Independent // Mar 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    ……..After acres of blather and ad homs we get Indies bottom line…..Reagan was a liar….in prime time

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  • MSheridan

    Interesting. Christopher was “chinless, gutless, and spineless,” so he failed, and Carter was weak, despite actually authorizing Eagle Claw (had he been stronger, I guess the sandstorm that forced down the helicopters would have known better than to mess with him).

    Meanwhile, Reagan was “strong and decisive” and the Iranians feared him even before he took office, which is why Hezbollah kidnaped hostages in his Presidency–so they could take notes of how real leaders handle these things (apparently through supinely submitting to blackmail from foreign enemies of the state). If only he’d been able to sell them even more missiles, he’d have gotten all those men back.

    Contrary to your expectation, I was born after the Summer of Love, and thus was not affected by the psychotropic stuff I think would be necessary to swallow your rather interesting take on reality.

  • TerryF99

    “Statement of Functional Expenses-2006 (certain examples on 990 Form page 2) The 990 Report is 30 pages long.
    $14,503,615 Net assets or fund balances at end of year:
    $306,500 Scholarship Grants
    $ 97,400 Grants and Contributions
    $1,414,215 Printing and publications
    $641,411 Consultations
    $242,042 Compensations of current officers
    $604,310 Salaries and wages not included above
    $1,703,232 Postage and Shipping
    $246,232 Educational Outreach Consultant
    $457,622 Other Expenses
    $9,098,290 Scholarship Fund at end of year
    $791,555 Temporarily Restricted Net assets

    So basically the group began the year with 14.5 million, spent $306,500 on scholarship grants (no guarantee they go to a worthy applicant, they go directly to the college which may or may not use it that way.) and ONLY $97,400 went directly to military families. And where’s the rest of the money? So the Freedom Alliance at best gave anywhere from 2% to 8% of its expense money to children of military personnel who died in service. Using the high number, 8% of 8% is less than 1%. So there it is, LESS THAN 1% of the money from Sean Hannity’s Scam Concert goes to helping the children of military families yet Hannity bills it as a concert to help these families.”

  • ottovbvs

    TerryF99 // Mar 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    ……OMG….I hadn’t seen this….so out of roughly $4 million of expenditures $400k went to payouts for scholarships (even if it wasn’t ultimately spent that way) and direct payments, and 3.6 million went on admin, salaries and expenses (Sean’s seegars?)…….oh dear Sean meeboy apparently you’ve some ‘splainin to do……it will be interesting to see if the MSM run with this

  • TerryF99

    Otto it’s worse.

    A typical concert tickets reads thus.

    WHERE: COORS AMPHITHEATRE IN CHULA VISTA, CA.
    2050 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista, CA 91911
    WHEN:Thursday – July 26, 2007 7:30 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)
    TICKETS: Prices: $38.00 – $78.00 PURCHASE TICKETS »
    The following fees are included in the above ticket prices: $4.75 facility fee, $4.25 parking fee, and a $4.00 donation to the Freedom Alliance

    So out of a typical ticket at say $50 only $4 goes to the freedom alliance. What happens to the other $45?

    H/T DK

  • ottovbvs

    TerryF99 // Mar 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    …..Oh boy…..Judging by the retort on another thread Ms Schlussel has her teeth into this and I can’t believe she isn’t soon going to be getting a load of “help” if she hasn’t already got it…….Unless Sean is in Caesar’s wife territory I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this…….David’s Mak “investigation” and acquittal is preposterous.

  • ltoro1

    I haven’t looked at any documentation, but if Hannity is not an officer or board member of this non-profit he will probably at worst be guilty of poor judgement for not performing due dilligence regarding an organization he is lending his name to. He could almost claim that he is as much a victim as the donors.

  • akw

    I can’t believe that Frum would post this garbage from Schussel. It’s a LIE!

    “This week, false and malicious allegations about Freedom Alliance were posted on the Internet and we want to address them with you. We don’t know the motivation for these vicious smears, but we will not allow them to go unanswered.”

    Dear Friends of Freedom Alliance: (March 18, 2010)

    This week, false and malicious allegations about Freedom Alliance were posted on the Internet and we want to address them with you. We don’t know the motivation for these vicious smears, but we will not allow them to go unanswered.

    First, we want to thank you for your support and assure you that Freedom Alliance’s record of financial stewardship and programmatic achievements not only meets, but exceeds standards of program efficiency set by most charity evaluators. We are extraordinarily proud of our work at Freedom Alliance and stand by our efforts 100 percent.

    False Accusations

    The blog posting accuses our friend Sean Hannity of personally benefiting from Freedom Alliance. This is FALSE. Freedom Alliance has never provided planes, hotels, cars, limos, or anything else to Sean. Sean gets nothing from Freedom Alliance except our gratitude for his personal generosity and for all he has done to help the troops and our organization. We have never had to ask Sean for anything, he always generously offers his help before we have a chance to ask him. But to be clear Sean pays for all his own transportation, hotels, and all related expenses for himself and his family and friends and staff, which over the years has added up to tens of thousands of dollars. He does not use any Freedom Alliance Funds or Concert funds in any way, period.

    Sean Hannity has contributed $100,000 to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, over $200,000 to the Freedom Alliance, and over tens of thousands of dollars to other military charities and individuals. We only make this information public because of the outrageous slander against him. Sean has no management or operational involvement in, or control over, Freedom Alliance. He has been a selfless patriot in his efforts to raise funds for the education of children of armed services personnel.

    The blog posting accuses Freedom Alliance of spending less than 20% of money raised on program activities. This is FALSE. Listed below are the amounts that Freedom Alliance spent for each of the past three years and the categories on which they were spent. The figures are taken from our Federal Form 990 which is filed with the Internal Revenue Service and posted on our web site and audited by an independent auditor using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. This financial record not only meets, but exceeds standards of program efficiency set by most charity evaluators.

    In 2008, Freedom Alliance spent a total of $6,745,717. Of that:4.

    79 percent ($5,317,970) was spent on Program Activities•
    14 percent ($945,950) was spent on Fundraising•
    7 percent ($481,797) was spent on Management •

    In 2007, Freedom Alliance spent a total of $7,461,350. Of that:

    81.5 percent ($6,084,474) was spent on Program Activities•
    13.5 percent ($1,011,501) was spent on Fundraising•
    5 percent ($365,375) was spent on Management•

    In 2006, Freedom Alliance spent a total of $7,064,839. Of that:

    77 percent ($5,434,538) was spent on Program Activities•
    18.5 percent ($1,308,414) was spent on Fundraising•
    4.5 percent ($321,887) was spent on Management•

    The blog posting accuses Freedom Alliance of spending money intended for student scholarships on 5. other expenses. This is FALSE. Freedom Alliance has distributed $3.4 million in Scholarships and created a Scholarship Trust Fund with the additional money that we have raised for that program. That fund now contains $15 million, over $10 million of which has been raised by Hannity and the concerts. Our scholarship program is managed with the understanding that it will be needed for at least the next 20 years as there are children who will ultimately receive a scholarship who are now only a few years old. As indicated on our Federal Form 990, these funds are restricted and used only for future scholarships.

    Our Scholarship Fund is one of four programs operated by Freedom Alliance. Supporters may donate to a specific program or for general operating purposes.

    In 2008, Freedom Alliance received $2.1 million in scholarship donations. The same year, we awarded $802,250 in scholarships and applied $1.3 million to our Scholarship Trust Fund. The funds donated by Sean Hannity directly — or through the proceeds of the Freedom Concerts — and the support of thousands of Americans are used for these purposes:

    Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund• : Providing scholarships to those whose parents have been killed or severely injured in their service to our Country. There is now over $15 million in the scholarship fund for the students as they come of age.

    Support our Troops• : Many events each year are planned and executed by our staff to show appreciation and provide special opportunities for those actively serving in the military.

    Leadership Academy• : A program for high school students in which they are encouraged and trained to serve their country.

    These programs would not be possible without the support of Mr. Hannity and many others.

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