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A conservative blogger has turned on radio and television host Sean Hannity, accusing the "Freedom Alliance" organization of spending less than 20% of the funds they raise to help children of fallen soldiers and severely wounded vets. "Freedom Alliance" claims proceeds from their "Freedom Concerts" series go toward help for these heroes and their families.

Blogger Debbie Schlussel posted a scathing expose on Hannity and the concerts, claiming the expenses the charity incurs are astronomical and go toward lavish travel and other incentives for Mr. Hannity and their executives.

'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.”'

Ms. Schlussel lists several other instances of questionable spending on the part of this "charity," which Mr. Hannity has aligned himself with closely over the years. Most of these examples are taken from the organizations tax returns. She also notes that a charity is considered "reputable" if 25% of its revenue goes to expenses and 75% goes to the intended recipients.


You can also read Freedom Aliance's response at http://www.freedomalliance.org/images/pdf_and_largepics/freedom_all...

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