Debbie Schlussel is embroiled in a nasty spat with fellow conservative Sean Hannity over alleged abuses in Hannity’s ‘Freedom Concert’ charity ‘Freedom Alliance’. Writes Schlussel:
The tax forms available to the public for the Freedom Alliance–for the
years 2006-2008–paint a tragic story, a story of a charity that makes
gazillions and spends very little for the purposes it claims, a charity
that spends millions more on its small staff and crony consultants than
it ever gives in scholarships to the children of the fallen or severely
injured troops or in aid to the injured troops themselves. While
Hannity’s Freedom Concerts take in millions, only a few hundred thousand
go to the claimed intended recipients.
To her credit, Schlussel has really done her homework here and breaks down how much of the money Hannity’s charity actually gives to fallen soldiers and their children:
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.
The figures Debbie posted look completely legit (you can download the pdf from the link above) meaning this could turn very nasty for the moralizing Hannity.
I’ve always pegged Hannity as a decent but immensely stupid guy who doesn’t really understand what he is saying. His incessant GOP cheer leading is predictable and boring, and you get the feeling he probably doesn’t really believe half of it. In his personal life he is apparently quite nice and approachable, but if this scandal holds up, it will cast the conservative hero in a completely new light.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.