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Sean Hannity’s Freedom CONcert Scam
Debbie Schlussel Blog Post ^ | March 18, 2010 | Debbie Schlussel

Posted on 03/18/2010 12:54:44 PM PDT by TRY ONE

For the last several years, Sean Hannity and the Freedom Alliance “charity” have conducted “Freedom Concerts” across America. They’ve told you that they are raising money to pay for the college tuition of the children of fallen soldiers and to pay severely wounded war vets. And on Friday Night, Hannity will be honored with an award for this “Outstanding Community Service by a Radio Talk Show Host” at Talkers Magazine’s convention.

But it’s all a huge scam.

(Excerpt) Read more at debbieschlussel.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: debbieschlussel; freedomalliance; freedomconcert; freerepublic; freerepublichistory; hannity; militaryfamilies; olivernorth; scam; schlussel; seanvannity; talkradio; unbelievable
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To: TRY ONE

Ouch!

If true, Sean Hannity may be through.


2 posted on 03/18/2010 12:56:57 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Be still my beating heart...


3 posted on 03/18/2010 12:57:39 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: TRY ONE; holdonnow

I know Debbie doesn’t like Sean. I wish Sean would respond to this, or Mark Levin would respond to this. I happen to like Sean Hannity and I don’t think this is fair.


4 posted on 03/18/2010 12:57:41 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: TRY ONE

Uh oh...


5 posted on 03/18/2010 12:57:44 PM PDT by Tuxedo (Sheesh....)
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To: TRY ONE

This is a LIE!!! My sister works for Freedom Alliance and I can assure all here that it is an incredibly good group. I donate every year. They exist to do good. What a horrible bunch of distorted dribble.


6 posted on 03/18/2010 12:59:20 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: TRY ONE

bump for later


7 posted on 03/18/2010 12:59:22 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Exterminate the rats!)
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To: machogirl

I agree...I call this major B.S.!


8 posted on 03/18/2010 12:59:29 PM PDT by halo66
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To: machogirl

If it’s true, how is it unfair? I’m not saying it is true, but it looks bad, so unless someone comes through with different numbers, this stinks.


9 posted on 03/18/2010 12:59:33 PM PDT by Trust but Verify
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To: TRY ONE

9 cents on the dollar? that’s lame as hell.


10 posted on 03/18/2010 1:00:21 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (ACORN:American Corruption for Obama Right Now)
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To: machogirl

Sean definitely needs to make a detailed response. What doesn’t make sense, at least my initial impression, is that Hannity sure doesn’t need the $$$..


11 posted on 03/18/2010 1:00:26 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: TRY ONE

I don’t care for Sean...I can sense his ego coming through all the time. And when he gets challenged by those of different opinions he frequently resorts to childish tactics. That said, I hope this is not true. The libs would have a field day with this.


12 posted on 03/18/2010 1:01:15 PM PDT by Lets Be Frank
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To: Wpin
They exist to do good. What a horrible bunch of distorted dribble.

Doesn't look like dribble to me.

Looks like a bunch of facts.

Hopefully, it's not true and Hannity can rebut it with facts.
13 posted on 03/18/2010 1:01:20 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: TRY ONE

Wow, very hard-hitting, and very disappointed.

Hannity has lost our respect with this one.

I wouldn’t mind if 10-20% went to expenses, even if the Hannity entourage stayed in a good hotel (security and all that). But this is outrageous.

He has a lot to answer for. Yikes.


14 posted on 03/18/2010 1:01:27 PM PDT by Persevero ("Our culture is far better than a retarded Islamic culture." -Geert Wilders)
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To: SoConPubbie

“If true, Sean Hannity may be through.”

I’m not a big Hannity fan, I have to admit...the football thing is petty, I know, but I don’t think this guy has ever done anything athletic in his life. Having said that, I think I would need a lot more than this gal’s rant to throw him out on his head..she LIES for vengeance and I don’t think she is quite right in the head...just my opinion.


15 posted on 03/18/2010 1:02:00 PM PDT by jessduntno (A third party has risen; we have the Republicans, the Tea Party and the Deemocrats.)
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To: Wpin

Can you speak to the cited documents that show a 9% disbursement? They aren’t things Debbie Schlussel made up.


16 posted on 03/18/2010 1:03:18 PM PDT by Persevero ("Our culture is far better than a retarded Islamic culture." -Geert Wilders)
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To: Wpin

Ollie has to go on Hannity and clear this up.


17 posted on 03/18/2010 1:04:35 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: TRY ONE

This Debbie has postet so much BS, I think her whole site is one big troll. Remember, she is a lawyer. Nuff said!


18 posted on 03/18/2010 1:04:50 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: SoConPubbie

Hannity has some ‘splainin’ to do.


19 posted on 03/18/2010 1:05:03 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Sean best answer this one and show how much money was raised and where it was spent.


20 posted on 03/18/2010 1:05:28 PM PDT by RC2
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To: TRY ONE

Yikes - if proved these allegations are devestating.


21 posted on 03/18/2010 1:05:42 PM PDT by dschapin
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To: TRY ONE

Sean sure did good with the Stop Hillary Express, though, right?

I have always considered Hannity to be a whore.


22 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:02 PM PDT by MichiganConservative (A government big enough to do unto the people you don't like will get to doing unto you soon enough.)
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To: TRY ONE; RaceBannon; stowaway; jjm2111; Mrs.LoneGOPinCT; underbyte; badbackman; Bigfitz; mcswan; ...

DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL IS NO SLOUCH!

SHE IS ONE SMART COOKIE AND THIS IS SHOCKING!!

HUGE AND SERIOUS!!!

Ever since Hannity insulted Freepers live on the air, I never liked him or listened to him on any regular basis. I was scorned for making snide comments about him by some but I dont care.

I always thought the guy was just a phony clone who did nothing but copy Limbaugh word for word, even stealing his soundbites to use on his show right after. Limbaugh even chastised him on the air for it, telling him that since he makes a few million hire a staff to work like he does. Rush started speaking over his soundbites to make sure that if Hannity stole them for his show, people would hear Rush’s voice so they would know which one was ripped off from Rush.

Maybe to his friends he is okay, but I never thought he was great, and after bad mouthing 100,000 Freepers because 7 posted negative things about him...is that all he’s got??


23 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:02 PM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: Trust but Verify

Debbie wrote another piece on Sean ripping him for having the disgraced congressman (whom just got out of jail), because this congressman was “anti-Semitic”. That column was not fair. Sean let the guy hang himself by letting him speak.

In this case, what she said doesn’t look good for Sean, but knowing her bias, I am skeptical until it’s proven/dis-proven.

It doesn’t sound good and I think that Sean should respond.


24 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:06 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: TRY ONE

Better be true...or one H of a lawsuit is headed the writers way. PROOF?


25 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:12 PM PDT by Marty62 ( Marty62)
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To: Wpin

The tax records speak for themselves. Perhaps Sean can clear up the matter.


26 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:29 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Well, you do not understand the honor of the people behind the Freedom Alliance, it is an incredibly good organization with people who do good all over the world for our people in service and their children. This person who is slandering them obviously distorts facts to make them appear worse than what they are. For instance, taking private planes for some of the celebrities is common practice all over the country. I can tell you my niece who also works with Freedom Alliance and travels with the show each year does not fly private jets, but takes commercial. That is a fact...This is an article to divide Americans (once again) and I suppose there will be those only too eager to join in. Oliver North is also involved heavily in the Freedom Alliance, he is also a man of great honor and love for the service people his organization serves.


27 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:39 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: TRY ONE

Sean at times is very left-wing RINO’ish, with his support of McCain and Romney.

IF true he should be toast.


28 posted on 03/18/2010 1:06:39 PM PDT by stockpirate (Hey Beck, Thomas Jefferson was a birther!)
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To: TRY ONE

I hope this is not true.

Hannity needs to come out now and either fully debunk this or apologize and start making restitution.

If this is true, this will be a HUGE mark, not just against Hannity, but against people who have supported and followed Hannity, conservatives in general, and last but not least Fox News.


29 posted on 03/18/2010 1:07:09 PM PDT by ScubieNuc
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To: TRY ONE

Charity Navigator rating on the Freddom Alliance:

4 out of 5 Stars

Overall Rating (65.65)

Organizational Efficiency
Program Expenses 81.5%
Administrative Expenses 4.8%
Fundraising Expenses 13.5%
Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
Efficiency Rating (35.65)

Organizational Capacity
Primary Revenue Growth 7.4%
Program Expenses Growth 28.3%
Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.57
Capacity Rating (30.00)

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6590


30 posted on 03/18/2010 1:07:10 PM PDT by yuleeyahoo
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To: Wpin

What point is a lie? The tax forms show that they took in ten million, and only handed out 300 thousand.

Is your sister a volunteer, or does she get paid? If she gets paid, then the story is actually true. Money is going for administration costs, and NOT every dime is going to orphaned children and wounded warriors.


31 posted on 03/18/2010 1:07:47 PM PDT by tuckrdout ("Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."--MLK)
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To: manic4organic
Hannity has some ‘splainin’ to do.

Gotta say one thing for Alinski tactics - they are effective!

32 posted on 03/18/2010 1:09:05 PM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: TRY ONE

Sean Shammity...”You’re a great American!”


33 posted on 03/18/2010 1:09:12 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: who knows what evil?

I hope he “weighs in” on this. Or his “busy busy” telephones are going to be even busier, busier with “Great Americans” who are “letting their hearts be troubled.”

Sean has always bugged me — always trying to promote something in the cheesiest way. And he’s a lightweight conversationalist. I flip over to WOR for Lou Dobbs and Steve Malzberg as soon as Rush is over.


34 posted on 03/18/2010 1:09:24 PM PDT by duckworth (Perhaps instant karma's going to get you. Perhaps not.)
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To: Persevero

Those figures are not true, the article badly distorts the truth!


35 posted on 03/18/2010 1:09:32 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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To: TRY ONE

Never liked Hannity, but I do hope he is more honest than is being portrayed.


36 posted on 03/18/2010 1:10:00 PM PDT by agooga (Struggling every day to be worthy of their sacrifice.)
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To: Wpin

So the tax returns aren’t accurate?


37 posted on 03/18/2010 1:10:10 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m not buying this....sorry.


38 posted on 03/18/2010 1:10:14 PM PDT by Rational Thought
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To: SoConPubbie

SH is always saying how he took Jet blue to this place and that. If he is expensing Gulfstream trips under cover of a charity then shame on him. He had better nip this in the bud or it will not go away.


39 posted on 03/18/2010 1:11:06 PM PDT by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: TRY ONE

YIKES!!!

Hannity (”I have a new book coming out...”) had better hit this one hard and fast, with documentation - great specificity - to prove his claims, whatever they may be.

Out of my three favorite talk show hosts (Rush, Mark, Glenn), Hannity is fourth.


40 posted on 03/18/2010 1:11:11 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: stockpirate
"Sean at times is very left-wing RINO’ish, with his support of McCain and Romney."

How could you overlook his on-the-air affair with Rudy Giuliani?

41 posted on 03/18/2010 1:11:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: stockpirate

Don’t forget Giuliani.


42 posted on 03/18/2010 1:11:31 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: TRY ONE

43 posted on 03/18/2010 1:12:50 PM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: TRY ONE

If Freedom Alliance won’t talk to her where did she get the figures?


44 posted on 03/18/2010 1:12:57 PM PDT by TigersEye (It's the Marxism, stupid! ... And they call themselves Progressives.)
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To: Wpin

Is it your sister or your niece who works for Freedom Alliance?

This article is incredibly well researched. It could be your sister, niece and nephew and cousin were “had” also. Hope not!


45 posted on 03/18/2010 1:13:17 PM PDT by merry10
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To: TRY ONE
I am not crazy about Hannity ,but I think this is bull..If the truth was know the person that made ths up is out to get any Conservative talk show host, because of the Death Care crap..Folks don't listen to this drivel..Next it will be Rush..Someone send this to Hannity so he can take up for himself..
46 posted on 03/18/2010 1:13:43 PM PDT by PLD
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To: Joe 6-pack
So when he has Palin on...he must be a right wing nut job! You folks on here that constantly rip Hannity are frankly a bunch of morons! He has democrats, Rinos and conservatives (and anyone in between). Pathetic!!!!!
47 posted on 03/18/2010 1:13:46 PM PDT by halo66
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To: TRY ONE

The story is backed up by tax return information. This puts Hannity in the Jim Bakker class. Good to know information. At times I think there are more scams in the world than honest charities.


48 posted on 03/18/2010 1:14:09 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: TRY ONE

He needs to come out fast and clear this up. If this is true he’s finished. I can’t watch him but always thought he was one of the good guys.....sigh.


49 posted on 03/18/2010 1:14:13 PM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: clintonh8r

Not the interpretation of what they mean...for instance...you are led to believe that travel is Sean Hannity. You probably are not aware that Freedom Alliance flies families overseas (often) and pays for their hotel rooms, food, etc. to visit their wounded family member. The author is aware of this, but chose to ignore that fact and distort the information to you so that they can harm an American.

Shame on all who buy into this crap!


50 posted on 03/18/2010 1:14:46 PM PDT by Wpin (I do not regret my admiration for W)
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