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Hannity Concerts Called Scams

10:01 AM Friday 3/19/10 |   |

Sean Hannity's Freedom Concerts - traveling fundraisers hosted by the political conservative pundit - have been accused of fraudulent activity. The attack comes from an otherwise sympathetic figure.

Debbie Schlussel, a conservative blogger, claims she has been investigating the concerts for a year and calls them a “huge scam.” Hannity, a political commentator on Fox News, is expected to be honored this evening, March 19, at the Talker's Magazine convention for outstanding community service, but Schlussel is raining on his parade.

She claims that most of the money goes to expenses and to Hannity and his entourage, which spend the money on travel, transportation and expensive rooms. “Less than 20 percent” of the money has gone to the charity of note - children of fallen soldiers - in years past, and less than 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively, the last two years.

“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,” Schlussel writes. She notes that $200 was given to a soldier from a poor neighborhood who lost three limbs. “Freedom Alliance gave this brave soldier roughly $67 per limb,” Schlussel writes. “That’s sickening.”

Schlussel claims she has been trying to get Hannity to address the issue but he has been reluctant to comment, and she claims she was not granted an interview with the president of the charity foundation, Freedom Alliance. Its founder, Oliver North, allegedly has addressed Schlussel's concerns with Hannity.

Artists scheduled for this year's Freedom Concerts include Charlie Daniels, Michael W. Smith and Lynyrd Skynyrd, with Gold Circle seating going for $125, Silver Circle seating at $100 and lower-end tickets at $75. Cities include Jackson, Orlando, Las Vegas, Dallas and San Diego.

Click here to read Debbie Schlussel’s blog entry about Sean Hannity’s Freedom Concerts.

Comments

  1. livenationsux wrote:

    01:24 PM, Apr 26, 2010

    Sounds like a good line-up... Charlie Daniels, Michael W Smith and Lynyrd Skynyrd. lol Sounds like a Rib-Cookoff line-up... Budget? I think so.

  2. bikemusic wrote:

    11:46 AM, Apr 26, 2010

    Pollstar got this one wrong, folks.  Had Joe Reinartz not fallen in to the trap of writing the story he THOUGHT to be true and had actually sourced the story as writers should, Pollstar would not have run this story.  [The last writer who did this was fired on the same day their editor printed an apology and a full retraction of the story.]  

    Schlussel has been slinging this mud for a few years now.  It is not true.  It. Is. Not. True.

    Here's the link to the official response that Joe Reinartz SHOULD have included in the article:  freedomalliance.org/images/pdf_and_largepics/freedom_alliance_response.pdf  

    Some of you clearly don't like Sean Hannity.  And that's your right.  But your invectives and epithets (bravely hurled behind the anonymity of your screenames) are not true.

    Last year this tour handed a check to the Freedom Alliance Foundation for $1 million.  In addition, it hired approximately 400+ individuals in the concert/venue industry, many of them union laborers (loaders, riggers, operators, FOH Staff, etc.) and provided work for 4 artists, their bands and staff.  The tour also paid rent on eight major market venues (and all expenses, taxes and fees associated with their use) and and provided business to vendors who provided sound, lights, video, staging, transportation, catering & more.  Most importantly of all - this tour provided a hell of a concert experience for the 60,000+/- fans who paid their hard-earned money to help the cause.

    Not only did Sean Hannity not make a dime, he DONATED hundreds of thousands of dollars himself to the tour charity.

    Shame on Pollstar for this hatchet job.  

  3. ALCT_74 wrote:

    09:41 AM, Mar 27, 2010

    I'd rather the artists not pull out of these concerts because I have two good tickets for the Freedom show on August 13th in Atlanta.  Hannity's response to this accusation has been released.  Maybe Pollstar should be 'fair and balanced' and post it.  

  4. jll13 wrote:

    01:09 PM, Mar 20, 2010

    Pull out now this if true and it looks that it is is stealing from those who gave limbs and lives for the rest of us. STOP HANNITY NOW

  5. jll13 wrote:

    01:05 PM, Mar 20, 2010

    WE need to boycott All Hannity's  concerts

  6. Everyone wants to spin wrote:

    05:21 PM, Mar 19, 2010

    Response????   R U kidding me?  Y don't u read their tax forms.

    $6 million plus on "program activities"  and $300,000 on 'management"  

    FACT the $300,000, that was for "key" employees.  Another $700,000 on other employees,  $11,000 on pension plan contributions, another $100,000  for employee 'benefits' that are not identified.  Seems obvious that

    Freedom Alliance "Fact" of spending $365,000 on management is proven false by their own tax return.  As a veteran, I am sickened by Hannity's deceit.  

  7. dtdoda wrote:

    04:30 PM, Mar 19, 2010

    Given the response from The Freedom Alliance with the facts today, I'd say, "Don't you feel stupid with the rant?"

    Then again, why should this day be any different than any other.

    I don't watch the guy but it appears that this organization does great work.

    Crow, anyone?

  8. Nobody wrote:

    12:02 PM, Mar 19, 2010

    That might even be worse than when the Savage Weiner -- err, I mean, Michael Savage -- did an amphitheatre "show" a few years ago. Basically charged people $100 or whatever to watch him get sh*tfaced on stage and tell dumb jokes and call it a "concert."  Good catch, Joe.

  9. fiftyhz wrote:

    11:16 AM, Mar 19, 2010

    Yep , the acts should pullout like a teenager on prom night.

  10. Evster wrote:

    11:02 AM, Mar 19, 2010

    You know what will REALLY get his attention? If the performers threaten to pull out unless he cleans up his act.

  11. El Perro wrote:

    10:53 AM, Mar 19, 2010

    Awesome. I love that the piece of garbage is finally getting called out. And it's even more sweet that it's a fellow tinfoil hat-wearing nutter that's calling him out. Lets see him spin this one as some kind of leftwing media conspiracy.