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Video: Glenn Beck asks attendees to pay for his own 'Restoring Honor' rally through donations

This weekend Glenn Beck will finally bring the nation his 8/28 "Restoring Honor" rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.  Beck has said the rally is non-political, and will serve as an inspirational moment when America will return to the historical roots that made it great.  However, critics claim Beck is merely promoting himself, his political beliefs, and his pocket book.

Of particular concern for many is the money behind the project.  Goldline and Fox News Corporation has helped promote Beck's rally extensively.  This week when speaking about the rally Beck told his viewers to look into buying gold if they "have faith."  In addition, Despite claiming the rally is non-political, the transportation behind the event is being funded by a prominent political organization called FreedomWorks.  FreedomWorks is well known for using corporate donations to support Tea Party events.  The organization also played a prominent role in opposing health care reform.

Finally there are also questions about where the money from the event will be going.  Beck is asking people to make a "special donation" to an organization called the Special Operations Warriors Foundation (SOWF).  By all accounts, SOWF is a trustworthy charity that provides scholarship for the children of special operations veterans wounded or killed in action.  However, as ThinkProgess Editor-in-Chief Faiz Shakir pointed out last night, if one reads the fine print at the bottom of Beck's website they will find that the donations will only go to SOWF after going to offset the cost of Beck's rally.  So instead of paying for the rally himself out of his $30 million dollar salary, Beck is essentially asking his attendees to pay the bill while marketing it as a donation to SOWF.  If the attendees at the rally do not donate enough to pay for the rally, then SOWF will presumably get nothing.  Beck has not promised to release a full accounting behind the rally, so we may ultimately never know whether SOWF receives a dime.

Comments

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    You ARE his biggest most dedicated follower!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    terrible reporting.
    event was paid for months ago
    And Faiz Shakir from ThinkProgess?!?! Isn't there any honest objective reporting in this world anymore?

  • Ryan Witt 3 years ago

    Your source?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    you "reporters" are absolutly retarted. your the liars and you better get a reality check on whos telling the truth. GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT.

  • Ryan Witt 3 years ago

    Your source?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2010/08/glenn-beck-auction-george-stepha...

    Cathie Levine, vice president for media relations at ABC News explained, "We get hundreds of these solicitations from charities every year and try as much as possible to fulfill them as long as they are meet our standards including that the proceeds go to charity." A few days later, she reported back that, "We sought assurance that the auction money would go directly to charity and while we were told the rally costs were covered and that funds raised from our specific item would go to Special Operations Warrior Foundation, it didn't sufficiently meet our standards. So we withdrew our auction item and George will make a personal donation directly to the SOWF."

  • Ryan Witt 3 years ago

    Ah...lookie there. A source which supports my point. Now where are the detractors with there sources?

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    So you have a problem with Beck promoting a charity the same way thousands of others promote their own?? What do you want to do, kick the chair out from under them all?? You are a looser, dude....big, fat, capital freaking "L" for
    L-o-o-s-e-r!

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