We’re getting some pushback from local folks within the “Freedom Alliance” about questions as to whether its a legitimate charity.  However, a recap of the story reveals that this isn’t some liberal plot to “smear” Sean Hannity.

I wrote about this issue back in March when this story first blew up when conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel first wrote about her review of the tax filings.

Schlussel never said that the organization didn’t help any veterans.  But she indicated that the notion that 100% of the proceeds of the ticket sales goes to scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers or aid to severely injured troops was simply not true.  And in fact, very little of the money seems to go to troops at all according to the organization’s own IRS filings!

Schlussel has not back down from her claims or her analysis.  At first, the best thing the Freedom Alliance could muster is how outside charity monitoring groups like Charity Navigator had rated the charity a four-star charity.

That was, of course, until Charity Navigator became aware of Ms. Schlussel’s review of Freedom Alliance’s tax forms and then quickly downgraded the “charity” to two stars:

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One commenter noted that Charity Navigator was too generous.  A review of the “charity’s” IRS forms, the commenter alleged, showed it spent more in postage than giving scholarships to children of fallen veterans.

Note also that Charity Navigator doesn’t even associate it with other veterans’ charities, but ideological conservative public interest groups.

Compare its evaluation of Freedom Alliance as a “charity” to something like the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Services Trust, and you start to understand why Hannity’s Freedom Concerts look like a scam.

We now know the answers to these questions I posed back in March:

The question is whether John Kasich will stand with the people of Southwest Ohio who were duped by Sean Hannity’s scam, or will he stand with his Fox News friend, Sean Hannity?

Will John Kasich, who has avoided the tough questions like a plague, speaking to Ohioans only from his all white-YouTube room, even address this scandal?

John Kasich chose to curry favor with his friends in Fox News who have been given him unilateral and unprecedented national exposure as he is running for Governor rather than encourage people in SWO to donate to better veterans’ charities than Hannity’s vanity concert series.

However, there are still questions that need to be made to Kasich.  It’s entirely appropriate for the media to ask John Kasich if he was paid for his appearance given that is his profession when he’s not running for Governor.

It’s journalistic malpractice not to ask Kasich if he was aware of Ms. Schlussel’s reporting on this “charity” back in March before he agreed to participate.  If he was paid, the question then becomes why did Kasich take money to appear at a charity event.  And if he was paid, he should donate the proceeds to a more legitimate veterans charity like the DAV’s Veterans Charitable Services Trust.

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  • OhioanVoters

    As stated above John Kasich has avoided the tough questions like a plague.

    John Kasich needs to answer the following question during the televised debates in Columbus on September 14 and in Toledo on October 7:

    John, as those who you continue to pay and entrust your own children with were secretly recorded saying, do you too believe “before God” that it is “the right thing” to deliberately put thousands of children at “risk” with several repeat child molesters lead into temptation to molest again while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it?

    That question is in regard to the administrators at the private “Christian” school (where John continues to send his own daughters to) and the affiliated church who were secretly recorded saying the following about one of the school’s child molesting Teachers/Coaches (and Youth Directors for elementary-aged children) as reported by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper:

    “We understand that if something happens between Dwayne and a student, we will be big-time liable,”
    executive pastor Jim Augspurger said on the recording.
    “That's a risk we take. I think before God we did the right thing and it may not be the worldly, may not even be the most prudent thing, but it is something we have done,”
    he said.
    “We've wiped the slate clean. I understand the situation it puts us in.”

    After those administrators got caught by the Columbus Dispatch, one of those who participated in that 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against we parents (including John Kasich) publicly stated the following (as also recorded):

    “I was a Lead Pastor here for eight years and a Director Of Junior High Youth Ministries in the past. This is a Watergate. The church covered it up. I was in the meetings. I've known all these years that it was a student. And I was told to get back to wiping noses and not to let it out.”

    John Kasich remains silent and refuses to do anything about those serious crimes. John actually continues to send his very own daughters to that private school where those administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to all students (including John’s daughters Emma and Reese) on how to treat your business customers and your fellow man.

    The truth is that John Kasich clearly does NOT have the courage, integrity, leadership abilities, or the common sense needed to be a suitable Governor for Ohio.
    Please refer to the irrefutable and overwhelming evidence at http://NotKasich.com and http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com

    Please bring these crucial facts about John Kasich and his extremely poor judgments to the attention of Ohio voters.

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