Both conservative talk-radio host Sean Hannity and a charity for wounded veterans that he supports refuted a posting by a blogger who cited an unnamed source who, in turn, cited an unnamed "guy" at Fox News Channel in suggesting that the charity used some of its donations to pay lavish expenses supposedly incurred by Hannity.Not a fan of either Hannity or Schlussel, but have to lean towards believing Hannity here only because Schlussel's had a longtime grudge against Hannity for awhile now (accusing him of stealing his work some years ago) and she's a noted hater amongst conservatives anyway.
The Freedom Alliance, which raises money to help wounded veterans and fund scholarships for the children of slain soldiers, issued a statement saying the allegations by blogger Debbie Schlussel were “false and malicious.” The charity further said that Hannity “pays for all his own transportation, hotels, and all related expenses for himself and his family and friends and staff,” and that he “does not use any Freedom Alliance Funds or [Freedom] Concert funds in any way, period.” In a statement e-mailed to CNSNews.com, Hannity said: “The statement posted by the Freedom Alliance is 100% truthful and accurate. I have NOT taken a single penny from the Freedom Alliance or from concert sales EVER! I pay all the travel costs for my staff, family and me, and I have personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the FA and military charities. I have done this because providing scholarship money for children of slain heroes is a cause I truly believe in and am passionate about.”
In her Mar. 18 blog, Schlussel described the Freedom Alliance charity and the Freedom Concerts--the latter help raise money for the charity and are promoted and attended by Hannity--as “all a huge scam,” and she entitled her article, “Sean Hannity’s Freedom CONcert Scam.”