Kim Barker of the HuffPo reports that Move American Forward, a “charity”:
… calls itself the nation's "largest grassroots pro-troop organization," and has recruited a bevy of Republican luminaries, including former Presidents George H.W. Bushand George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney, to support its efforts.This all started in February of this year, when MAF “adopted” 800 Marines in the “Geronimo” battalion of the 1st Marine division, Barker reports. The charity was going to send all 800 Marines, stationed in Afghanistan, care packages; or so they said. The problem, as Barker notes, is that the Geronimo Battalion wasn’t in Afghanistan; it was in Okinawa, Japan.
[But] an examination of its fundraising appeals, tax records and other documents shows that Move America Forward has repeatedly misled donors and inflated its charitable accomplishments, while funneling millions of dollars in revenue to the men behind the group and their political consulting firms.
In several instances, the charity has taken images and stories from other groups and from veterans themselves without permission to use in fundraising appeals.According to Barker
The charity's funds and other assets also appear to have been used to subsidize three conservative political action committees, records show.
Bill Durdin, the family readiness program coordinator for the 1st Marine Division, said Move America Forward recently sent care packages to at least five units in the division, but said a "thank you" letter from him the charity included in a March 2013 email praising donors for the Geronimo pledge drive had actually been written a year or two earlier. In an email to ProPublica, Durdin described the charity's use of his letter as "a serious case of 'Cut & Paste(ing)'!"
Move America Forward raises much of its money with its annual fundraiser, called Troopathon, held this year in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and broadcast live on the Internet.And the part that makes me laugh
Over the years, Troopathons have featured live and taped appearances by conservative stars from entertainment, media and politics, including actor Gary Sinise, rock idol Gene Simmons of KISS, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, Rush Limbaughand Sean Hannity. The charity counts all the money raised in the month of the broadcast as part of Troopathon.Yep, the Teapublicans, the party of God and money, I mean country.