Federal Politics

Published — January 4, 2018

Watchdog dings veterans charities after Center for Public Integrity investigation

‘Concern advisories’ follow revelation that telemarketers pocket vast majority of donations

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A watchdog organization that rates charities is warning donors about two nonprofit veterans groups because of a Center for Public Integrity investigation published in December.

Charity Navigator has placed “concern advisories” on the Circle of Friends for American Veterans and the Center for American Homeless Veterans, which are run by retired Army Maj. Brian Arthur Hampton in Falls Church, Virginia.

Hampton’s nonprofits use telemarketing companies to raise millions of dollars each year, but the fundraisers-for-hire are keeping 85 to 90 cents out of over dollar they raise, according to an analysis of annual tax filings and state government records. Very little goes toward veterans.

Charity Navigator’s warnings about Hampton’s charities sprung from a meeting of Charity Navigator employees, who decide whether to issue public advisories about various charities when potentially concerning information arises, whether through government agencies, the media or other sources. The Charity Navigator employees consider the credibility and timeliness of the information, as well as the nature, scope and seriousness of the allegations and whether the allegations have been proven.

“Concern advisories” are labeled “low,” “moderate” or “high.” Hampton’s nonprofits received “low concern” advisories.

The Charity Navigator committee typically issues “low concern” advisories when news organizations publish investigations about charities — as the Center for Public Integrity did in December about Hampton’s nonprofits.

The committee issues “moderate” and “high” concern advisories typically when government authorities, such as attorneys general, allege fraud against people associated with charities or secure convictions against them, said Katelynn Rusnock, advisory system manager for Charity Navigator.

Low concern advisories are prominently displayed on Charity Navigator’s website for at least six months, while moderate and high concern advisories are displayed for at least 12 months. Afterward, they’re archived, but potential donors still have access to the information.

“We try to be a way for donors to gather all of the information they need when making a gift,” Rusnock said. “If we put up an advisory, it’s because there’s something we’ve been made aware of that donors should look into before they make their donation.”

Charity Navigator contacts nonprofits before issuing concern advisories and gives their representatives time to respond. Rusnock said Hampton’s organizations haven’t responded to Charity Navigator after they were notified about the advisories.

In an email to the Center for Public Integrity on Wednesday, Hampton said hiring professional fundraisers frees up his time to work on his charities’ goals, which include educating the public and politicians about the plight of veterans.

“We respect Charity Navigator and other such charity watchdogs, however their criteria is based mostly on the cost of fundraising, because they could not be expected to be able to gauge how an individual charity makes a difference in people’s lives,” Hampton said.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

George Young
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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.