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$3M of California's 9/11 license plate fund meant for victim's families raided..
AP ^ | May 29, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 05/29/2012 8:42:29 AM PDT by C19fan

After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervour and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, 'We Will Never Forget.' Part of the money raised through the sale of the plates was to fund scholarships for the children of California residents who perished in the attacks, while the majority - 85 per cent - was to help fund anti-terrorism efforts. But an Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the 'California Memorial Scholarship Program' shows only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; california; corruption; greed; memorial; plate; plates; scam; scholarship
/src on/I am shocked California politicians raid another fund to pay off their Union pals./src off/
1 posted on 05/29/2012 8:42:40 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Imagine my surprise.

2 posted on 05/29/2012 8:46:08 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: C19fan

One glance at the composition of California office holders explains all.

3 posted on 05/29/2012 8:48:49 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: C19fan
California residents who perished in the attacks

Does anyone know how many California residents actually perished in the attacks?

4 posted on 05/29/2012 8:50:22 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: C19fan

The average payout to 9/11 victim families was $1.8 Million. Frankly, I’d rather the money California promised to collect go to the families of soldiers killed in the line of duty, myself.

5 posted on 05/29/2012 8:51:45 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: C19fan

The same thing will happen with money raised by Prop 29. None of that money will be used for cancer research. It will all go for state employees retirement and health programs. But......the state will never admit it. The other problem with Prop 29 is that there is no accountability as to where the money will be spent. It’s as thought it’s their money, not the peoples money.

6 posted on 05/29/2012 8:52:07 AM PDT by RC2 (Buy American and support the Wounded Warrior Project whenever possible.)
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To: C19fan
Once again the UK papers are doing a better job of investigating the US that the US papers are.

But this just goes to show that if you want to support some charity then send the money to the charity directly instead of sending it to the state for a specialized plate. If you feel the need to tell everyone else driving about it, buy a bumper sticker.

7 posted on 05/29/2012 8:53:38 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: C19fan

The Red Cross is another institution who exploited the 9/11 catestrophy for personal gain. They took in untold hundreds of Millions - and haven’t paid what they said they would. They have paid only 30% of the $547 million received was spent as the standard disaster relief guidelines for meeting victims needs had been supplied to them.

Which means that I will NEVER donate to anyone when we have another emergency again. The gov’t is a group of liars, the American Red Cross is even worse. The only group I trust at this point, is my Church. I can see where my Church spends it’s money, and the people it helps.

8 posted on 05/29/2012 8:54:15 AM PDT by Hodar (Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.- A. Schopenhauer)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
does anyone know how many California residents actually perished in the attacks?

the article says "three dozen"

9 posted on 05/29/2012 8:56:35 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: KarlInOhio

Actually Daily Mail is using an AP article on this one but how many US papers will have this as headline on their web pages....

10 posted on 05/29/2012 9:01:07 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: RC2

Who is pushing 29? The Anti-29 commercials are coming from RJ Reynolds and Cop Unions...among others.

11 posted on 05/29/2012 9:30:12 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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12 posted on 05/29/2012 10:20:11 AM PDT by Rio
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To: Hodar

Forget the Red Cross and the United Way. They do not receive any of my contributions.

If you want to see your money used wisely and effectively in times of disaster, two organizations which are great are:

The Salvation Army

Catholic Relief Services

13 posted on 05/29/2012 11:29:31 AM PDT by CdMGuy
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While the DMV description of the program was not 'totally disingenuous,' the department should probably remove references to the scholarship program, said Joe DeAnda, a spokesman for the state treasurer's office, which disburses the money.

[Miracle Max voice], Oh, it was only mostly disingenuous. Never mind.

14 posted on 05/29/2012 12:23:32 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Elizabeth Warren, 1st Cherokee on the Mayflower?)
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To: Hodar

What we do!

The Salvation Army is driven by it's Christian faith to provide social services to those in need. The Army provides a variety of local programs, ranging from religious services to family counseling, day-care centers, youth activities and general programs. Today, the Army's religious and social-service activities serve millions of people in a 121 nations around the world.

Social Services & Programs Provided by The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s social service programs vary slightly with local and regional needs.We believe that helping others creates hope for a better tomorrow. The Salvation Army labors 24-7 to continue fulfilling its promise of Doing the Most Good.

Please take a moment to review our Programs That Help Section to learn more about The Salvation Army's services and opportunities in your area.

» Day and Summer Camps
» Disaster Services
» Homeless Services
» Human Trafficking Abolition
» Kroc Centers
» Missing Persons
» Rehabilitation Centers
» Senior Services
» Emergency Assistance
» Soup Kitchens
» Worship Opportunities
» Youth Services

According to the Salvation Army, Commissioners W. Todd Bassett and his wife Carol A. Bassett jointly received basic living allowances and grants totaling $64,210 for 2004 plus housing valued at $34,116. That is still considerably less than the salaries of some of the other top charities.

Marsha J. Evans, the president of the American Red Cross, was paid $651,957 in 2004. The president of the United Way is now Ralph Dickerson Jr. who's current salary is $420,000 per year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

UNICEF C.E.O. and President Caryl M. Stern earned $478,645 in 2009 according to a Better Business Bureau report. The Better Business Bureau also said that Brian Gallagher, CEO of The United Way earns $1,037,410 in 2008.


15 posted on 05/29/2012 12:26:10 PM PDT by WVKayaker (The GOP needs to live the planks of its platform, not just offer lip service. -Sarah Palin 8/2008)
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To: CdMGuy
I just give food to the local religious food banks. They can't spend grits and oatmeal.
And Btw, I like grits and oatmeal and eat it weekly.
16 posted on 05/29/2012 10:51:51 PM PDT by MaxMax
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