Can you trust RightWing Charities?
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most right-wing charities claiming to serve veterans are scams, or at the very least, use little of the donated money to help veterans
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The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity

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The right yearns for an era when churches and local organizations took care of society's weakest—an era that never existed and can't exist today.
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Doing Good through Government rather than using private charities as an excuse

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"Government programs are often one of the most effective ways that we express caring and compassion toward our fellow human beings."

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Veterans Charity Fraud: Despite Widespread Outrage, Groups Continue To Abuse Public Trust

Veterans Charity Fraud: Despite Widespread Outrage, Groups Continue To Abuse Public Trust | Can you trust RightWing Charities? | Scoop.it
For hundreds of thousands of veterans returning home from the battlefronts in Iraq and Afghanistan, making it home alive is just the first challenge. An estimated 25 percent of returning U.S.
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Veterans Charity Fraud: Despite Widespread Outrage, Groups Continue To Abuse Public Trust

But as a group, veterans charities are prone to abuse, profiteering and outright fraud, say philanthropy watchdogs. Almost half of the 39 veterans charities rated by the American Institute of Philanthropy in its April/May 2011 report received F grades, largely because they devoted only a small ratio of their expenses to charitable programs, in part due to excessive fundraising expenses. Some of these groups defend their spending by arguing that reliance on such ratios is misleading, claiming that new nonprofits may have to spend over 50 percent of their revenue on outreach, education and fundraising for a while. But charities that spend up to 90 percent of their donations on overhead have been widely condemned and were the subject of congressional hearings in 2007.

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Badtux the Snarky Penguin: Right-wing "charity"

Badtux the Snarky Penguin: Right-wing "charity" | Can you trust RightWing Charities? | Scoop.it
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As some of you know, I'm on some right-wing mailing lists -- specifically, David Horrorwitz and Wing Nut Daily. From the latter I just got a mournful plea to help keep veterans from being foreclosed upon. It sent me to a charity. Which turned out to be a typical right-wing charity: less than 25% of cash contributions actually went to service members...

There's scam artists out there, folks. Sad to say, most right-wing charities claiming to serve veterans are scams, or at the very least, use little of the donated money to help veterans. Before donating to any charity, check them out at the BBB. While they may have changed their practices since the BBB report, why take the chance?

BTW, this is a common pattern I've noticed about right-wing charities: they're almost always scams. If you want to make a difference, donate to your local soup kitchen, your local Catholic charity serving the needy, etc. At least there the money goes to the people it's supposed to go to, even if they are generally rabid lefties.

-- Badtux the Charitable Penguin

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Man Gets 28-Year Sentence in $100M Military Veterans Charity Scam

Man Gets 28-Year Sentence in $100M Military Veterans Charity Scam | Can you trust RightWing Charities? | Scoop.it
"MILITARY DOT COM"

"CLEVELAND - A judge handed down a 28-year prison sentence Monday to a man convicted of masterminding a $100 million, cross-country Navy veterans charity fraud.
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Rachel Maddow Slams Conservative Fox Commentators and Other Right Wing Scammers

Rachel Maddow Slams Conservative Fox Commentators and Other Right Wing Scammers | Can you trust RightWing Charities? | Scoop.it
Rachel Maddow's long report on conservative scams could not have come at a better time.
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Rachel Maddow's long report on conservative scams could not have come at a better time. As I've followed the money throughout the years, I've noticed a pattern to the money trail that almost always includes scammy fundraising techniques at the heart of things.

As Rachel points out in this piece, Karl Rove uses his Wall Street Journal column and Fox News commentator position as a way to raise even more money for Crossroads GPS, his right-wing money machine.

Mike Huckabee has lots of different ways to raise a few bucks. Using his Fox News show and his gig as a paid commentator there, he's launched various fundraising efforts such as this one, asking for donations to help keep the movement alive to repeal Obamacare.

Even ridiculous Dick Morris used his Newsmax and Fox News visibility to raise funds alongside Michael Reagan for the SuperPAC for America. Despite raising nearly $3 million from small donors, just over half was spent to oppose President Obama's bid for re-election.

It's a business model, intended to lift a few bucks from conservatives to pay not only for a few campaign efforts, but also nice fat salaries and perks that most of the donors only imagine actually having.

Here's the framework:

Get connected with a high-profile media outlet. Maybe even two or three.Make outrageous statements, raise your visibility.Point viewers and readers to your fundraising page.

It's not limited to the likes of Rove, Morris and Huckabee, either. Ali Akbar's National Bloggers' Club is one of the best representations of the model. The Breitbart empire serves as one of the media outlets to conservative bloggers. For the past six months, any conservative blogger who writes about their current invented stable of villains finds a place to shine with the Breitbots. They throw up the inevitable donation page and ask readers to help them fight that villain and his dastardly, fiendish friends. It's usually not a general request, but instead is framed similar to Huckabee's: Help us fight for YOU so the bad man doesn't hurt US anymore.

Same scam; different players.

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Sean Hannity in serious military charity scandal - Rick Ungar - The Policy Page - True/Slant

Sean Hannity in serious military charity scandal - Rick Ungar - The Policy Page - True/Slant | Can you trust RightWing Charities? | Scoop.it
When conservative commentators begin eating their own, you know that something is up. Debbie Schlussel is a reasonably well-known conservative commentator with a large radio and online following.
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Sean Hannity in serious military charity scandal

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When conservative commentators begin eating their own, you know that something is up.

Debbie Schlussel is a reasonably well-known conservative commentator with a large radio and online following. While I have always found her to be over the top – particularly with her anti-Muslim rhetoric – she certainly has the respect of the conservative community. So when she broke a story a few days ago accusing Sean Hannity’s charity of being a ‘scam’, this naturally got my attention.

Schlussel claims that the Freedom Concerts conducted by Hannity and the Freedom Alliance (whose chairman is Oliver North) have been an unconscionable con. The concerts are supposed to be raising money to pay college tuition for the children of soldiers who have died in our foreign wars and to provide needed funds to help out soldiers severely injured in battle. Clearly, a noble goal and a charity well worth helping out.

Or is it?

Check out what Schlussel has discovered in researching the organization for the past year-

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