Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam

Thanks Jim for the “heads-up”

  For those generous friends who are not aware.

    This comes from Guidestar (http://www.guidestar.org/) which is a great source for information.  The Form 990 filed annually by not-for-profits shows where the money goes, and the Form 990 is available from Guidestar; its free

 

Wounded Warriors Project A Legal Scam

 

by Alex Graham

Wounded Vets are big money… Just when we thought it was safe to come out of the woods after the last news of the Big Six VSOs padding their bank accounts on the backs of all our disabled, along comes this article and investigation revealing nothing is sacred among thieves.

Sad to say, the Wounded Warrior Project is bled dry by a top heavy, greedy executive structure and the remaining funds are disbursed to multi-tier distribution organizations with similar management structures. By the time the money actually goes to direct benefits for veterans, there is probably less than 10% that reaches them.

 

Below are results of an investigation by a retired USMC Colonel:

·       Compensation for the top ten WWP employees runs from $150K to $333K per officer annually.

·       WWP was the center of controversy involving their anti-Second Amendment position…

 

Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. Review

 

Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. (WWP) is a registered non-profit organization whose mission is to support and honor veterans.  This they accomplish per their website by

  • Raising awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members
  • Helping  injured service members aid and assist each other
  • Providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members

BBB accredited charity and a listed recipient of Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) donations. In FY 2012 reported an income of $154,958,901.  A review of their expenses as noted in their 2012 IRS 990 tax return required of non-profits reflects $4,657,084 in Grants to organizations and $871,194  in Grants to individuals. This equates to about 3.5% of total income being expended in directly helping wounded warriors or (through grants) other organizations with similar goals. 

 

The following appears to be their overhead expenses for 2012:

Compensation,

Officers, Directors & Trustees

 

$1,057,997

Other wages

$15,415,666

Pension Plan

$340,650

Employee Benefits

$2,266,457

Payroll Taxes

$1,594,740

Legal

$499,509

Accounting

$131,746

Professional Fund Raising

$1,901,169

Advertising & Promotions

$146,299

Office Expenses

$12,451,303

IT

$254,319

Occupancy (rent)

$2,490,195

Travel

$4,085,509

Depreciation

$1,572,823

Insurance

$215,654

Outside Services

$20,915,404

Meetings and events

$9,637,863

Direct Response Service

$6,930,429

Promotional Items

$4,055,567

All other expenses

$3,659,493

Joint Costs (Expense from educational campaign and fund raising solicitation.)

 

$25,576,675

Overhead Expenses

$115,199,467.00

The above data was sourced from http://www.guidestar.org/.  They are a leading source of nonprofit information whose mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.  Guidestar is not a charity evaluator or watchdog. They are a 501(c)(3) public charity that collects, organizes, and presents the information in an easy-to-understand format while remaining neutral.  An example of this is showing how one charity compares with similar charities (Top Score is 80.0) doing the same type of work as noted below:

 

Charity

Score

Rating

Wounded Warrior Project – FL 54.39 «««
USO of Illinois – IL 58.16 «««
DAV Service Trust – KY 55.36 «««
Hope For The Warriors® – NC 65.58 ««««
Navy SEAL Foundation – VA 68.76 ««««

See:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12842#.UokjeLXTnIV for more data on WWP.  Readers are encouraged to use such sources in determining how their donations will be spent before making them.

 

 Thanks Rich,

Sincere thanks for sending this article.

Since my 2013 contribution to WWP was approx. the cost of a round-trip fare to Hawaii [Business-Class, in the winter], I decided to investigate a bit more.

Please go to this other link below, review it, and forward to your distribution list as you see fit..

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/12/08/wounded-warriors-project-a-legal-scam/

 

It’s almost impossible to select a good charity unless you constantly check the ratings..

Fisher House and Homes for Heroes, Army Navy Airmen, VFW, Amer.Legion, Salvation Army, and Navy Seal funds seem to be good……..So far..

Best wishes to all…

February 28, 2014 | Category: News

Are You Freaking Kidding Me?…

DOJ To Spend $750K Training ‘High-Risk’ Inmates In Technology

DOJINMATES

They are going to work the 0bamacare call centers

Via CNS News

The Justice Department is planning to spend $750,000 to train “medium to high-risk” incarcerated adults and juveniles in the technology field.

According to the grant solicitation, “the target population must include medium to high-risk offenders as identified using a validated assessment tool. ‘High-risk offenders’ are defined as individuals that score moderate to high risk based on a validated risk assessment tool.”

“‘Risk’ is defined as the likelihood that a person will re-offend upon release from a facility. Applicants must identify the validated assessment tool used and the risk levels eligible for participation in the program,” it added.

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February 27, 2014 | Category: News

My Retirement

 

Some have asked what I’ve been doing in retirement.
Well, I applied for a building permit for a new house. It was going to be 100 ft tall and 400 ft wide, with 12 gun turrets at various heights, and windows all over the place and a loud outside entertainment sound system. It would have parking for 200 cars, and I was going to paint it snot green with pink trim.
The City Council told me; “Forget it… AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!”
So, I sent in the application again, but this time I called it a ‘Mosque’.
Work starts on Monday.
I love this country. It’s the government that scares the shit out of me.

February 27, 2014 | Category: News

Baby Killers Planned Parenthood To Spend $18 Million Supporting Democrats In 2014 Midterm Elections…”

cecile richards

In return the Democrats will flood them with hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars

Via Politico:

The political arm of Planned Parenthood is preparing to launch its largest campaign offensive ever, targeting more than a dozen states and some of the cycle’s top Senate and gubernatorial races to raise the alarm about the stakes of the 2014 midterm elections for women’s health care and abortion rights.

The cost of the midterm campaign is expected to cross the $18 million mark, including $2.4 million the group spent in 2013 for Virginia’s off-year governor’s race, officials with the group said. That investment would make the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Votes — the national federation’s political entities — two of the heaviest outside spenders on the Democratic side, and certainly among the top independent expenditure campaigns focused on reaching women.

With Democrats increasingly reliant on their yawning advantage with women voters in recent years — and state and national Republicans repeatedly taking aim at Planned Parenthood as a prominent abortion services provider — the group has rapidly become a vital part of the roundtable of left-of-center groups plotting the Democratic coalition’s electoral strategy.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said the group intends to show that candidates don’t need to campaign defensively on “women’s reproductive health issues,” citing the importance of that message to Democratic victories in the 2012 elections and last year’s Virginia race.

Keep reading…

 

February 27, 2014 | Category: News

Credit Card Scam

The scam works like this:

Person calling says – ‘This is (name) and I’m calling from the Security and
Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460, your card has been
flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I’m calling to verify. This
would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did you
purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for $497.99 from a marketing company
based in Arizona?’ When you say ‘No’, the caller continues with, ‘Then we
will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been
watching, and the charges range from $297 to $497, just under the $500
purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the
credit will be sent to (gives you your address). Is that correct?’ You say
‘yes’.

The caller continues – ‘I will be starting a Fraud Investigation. If you
have any questions, you should call the 1- 800 number listed on the back of
your card (1-800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this
Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. ‘Do you need me
to read it again?’

Here’s the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works- The caller then says, ‘I
need to verify you are in possession of your card’. He’ll ask you to ‘turn
your card over and look for some numbers’. There are 7 numbers; the first 4
are part of your card number, the last 3 are the Security Numbers that
verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you
sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The
caller will ask you to read the last 3 numbers to him. After you tell the
caller the 3 numbers, he’ll say, ‘That is correct, I just needed to verify
that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your
card. Do you have any other questions?’
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February 27, 2014 | Category: News

Joe’s Plumbing

I don’t know where this came from but if anyone knows, please let me know so I can give credit or link to the author. I received this in an email

Only weeks after leaving office, Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink, so he calls Joe the Plumber to come out and fix it. Joe drives to Obama’s new house, which is located in a very exclusive gated community where all the residents make more than $250,000 per year. Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. Joe is led to the guest bathroom that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Joe assesses the problem and tells Obama that it’s an easy repair that will take less than 10 minutes.

Obama asks Joe how much it will cost. Joe checks his rate chart and says, “$9,500.”

“What?! $9,500?” Obama asks, stunned, “But you said it’s an easy repair!

Joe says, “Yes, but what I do is charge those who make $250,000 per year a much higher amount so I can fix the plumbing of poorer people for free,” explains Joe. “This has always been my philosophy. As a matter of fact, I lobbied the Democrat Congress, who passed this philosophy into law. Now all plumbers must do business this way. It’s known as ‘Afordable Plumbing Act of 2014.’ I’m Surprised you haven’t heard of it.”
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February 27, 2014 | Category: News

Mass Dems Honor Former Democratic State Rep Recently Released From Federal Prison On Bribery Charges…”

Dianne Wilkerson

Anyone from Mass knows who Dianne Wilkerson is, for those who don’t, she was caught on tape stuffing cash from an undercover FBI agent into her bra.

Via Boston Globe:

The event honored 18 “women of color changing our world,” but one recipient was singled out for special praise.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh went off script at last Thursday’s event, recognizing his “dear friend” at Table 2. State Representative Gloria Fox described her as a sister in politics and said they had been an “unbeatable team.” And former state representative Willie Mae Allen, just before handing this guest her plaque, said, “We’re depending on you.”

Accepting was former state senator Dianne Wilkerson, once the highest-ranking black woman in state government but recently inmate No. 21757 038, convicted of accepting $23,500 in bribes.

It was the first time many had seen Wilkerson since her release from a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., in September, and it was a homecoming few ex-offenders receive when reentering society. Not only did the Prince Hall Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star Jurisdiction of Massachusetts Inc. honor her at the Grove Hall event, but MassEquality will also recognize her among a slew of other champions of gay marriage at an event later this week. […]

She officially exited in mid-November 2008, the day after her indictment and three weeks after her initial arrest.

Eighteen months later, after initially pleading not guilty, Wilkerson pleaded guilty to eight counts of attempted extortion for taking $23,500 in bribes, including ten $100 bills she stuffed into her bra as the scene was recorded by the FBI.

The eight cash payments, made in 2007 and 2008, came from a witness who was cooperating with the FBI and from undercover agents. The money was to secure a liquor license for a nightclub and legislation to pave the way for a commercial development in Roxbury, which she represented.

Dianne Wilkerson in action:

SOURCE: Weasel Zippers

February 26, 2014 | Category: News

Two America’s

 

Want to know why citizens who work for a living dislike those who vote
for a living? This guy hits the nail on the head.
In early January 2014, Bob Lonsberry, a Rochester talk radio personality
on WHAM 1180 AM, said this in response to Obama’s “income inequality speech”:
Two Americas
The Democrats are right, there are two Americas.
The America that works, and the America that doesn’t.
The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.
It’s not the haves and the have not’s, it’s the dos and the don’ts.
Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support
themselves, contribute to society, and others don’t. That’s the divide
in America.
It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility.
It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and
victimization in order to win elective office.
It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its
country. That’s not invective, that’s truth, and it’s about time
someone said it.
The politics of envy was on proud display a couple weeks ago when
President Obama pledged the rest of his term to fighting “income
inequality.” He noted that some people make more than other people,
that some people have higher incomes than others, and he says that’s
not just.
That is the rationale of thievery. The other guy has it, you want it,
Obama will take it for you. Vote Democrat.
That is the philosophy that produced Detroit. It is the electoral
philosophy that is destroying America.
February 26, 2014 | Category: News

NOT EVEN A SMIDGEN OF CORRUPTION: Lois Lerner Will Not Testify Without Immunity or Court Order”

Barack Obama told Bill O’Reilly there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS targeting scandal.


Then explain this…
The attorney for Lois Lerner will not testify next week in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform without immunity or a court order.
FOX News reported:

The attorney for Lois Lerner, a central figure in the IRS scandal, said Wednesday his client will not comply with a request to return to Capitol Hill next week to testify.

Attorney William Taylor said Lerner, who resigned last year as the agency’s tax-exempt organizations chief, will return only if compelled by a federal court or if given immunity for her testimony.

Taylor stated his position in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He was responding to a letter Tuesday from Issa saying, in part, that Lerner’s testimony remains “critical to the committee’s investigation.”

The committee continues to investigate the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations trying to get tax-exempt status.

Issa and Lerner’s attorneys continue to argue about whether she is protected under the Fifth Amendment from having to testify.

Last year, Lerner invoked the Fifth Amendment right during her first-and-only appearance before the committee, but only after she professed her innocence during an opening statement.

“We understand that the committee voted she had waived her rights,” Taylor wrote Issa. “We continue to respectfully disagree.”

SOURCE: The Gateway Pundit

February 26, 2014 | Category: News
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