For the past few days, I’ve heard Public Service Announcements warning me to look out for charity scams.
It seems every time there is a large-scale disaster something like this happens. Crooks and scam-artists come out of the woodwork, or crawl out of the holes they reside in, to prey, both on the less-fortunate, and also the more fortunate than didn’t suffer the disaster.
They set up phony charities and clean-up services and begin making phone calls to kind and unsuspecting Americans. So prevalent have these scams become, that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as multiple State governments, has even felt the need to set up a fraud alert website.
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Normally I’m not big on advertising anything having to do with the feds, but this one is informational only. I’m an advocate for a hands-off government and buyer beware, but in the case of a disaster this massive, I guess I’m okay with it.
Of course none of this would be necessary if there weren’t so many scum-bags in our midst. Fraudulent schemes can range from fake disaster clean-up services, for those directly affected, to phony charities set up to “help” the victims of such and such disaster. And I don’t doubt they’ll be out in spades after this one.
However, there is a fraud being perpetrated on the unsuspecting American public that will get little coverage in the main stream press. It seems that Big Labor seeks to exploit the Texas/Louisiana disaster – mainly Texas.
“The Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, a labor-affiliated group looking to make inroads in right-to-work Texas, launched the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund in the wake of the flooding that has devastated the Houston area,” writes the Free Beacon.
If you are thinking – well that’s terrific that an education organization wants to help its fellow Texans in their time of need – you would be wrong.
Their website states that, “Your donation is vital to ensuring that we have the resources we need to organize and fight for Texans devastated by Hurricane Harvey!” Fight who?
This doesn’t sound at all like a charity interested in helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey. It sounds more like a Political Action Committee.
That’s exactly right. The “Relief Fund” has no intention of providing food, water, shelter or any real relief at all. The Fund was set up by the radicals at SEIU and other social justice warrior non-profits that cater to illegals and other leftist causes.
In fact, if one were to examine the hyperlink to the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund, one would notice that the fund was set up by the technology company, NGPVAN.
According to NGPVAN itself, they are the “Gold Standard in Political Fundraising. They are also the leading technology provider of…wait for it…the Democrat Party. They have no interest in helping the disaster victims – nor does SEIU or the others.
Rather than help Hurricane and flood victims, the goal of the fund is really to allow Big Labor Unions like SEIU, AFL-CIO and the Teacher’s Unions to make inroads in Texas – a right-to-work State.
My advice, should you choose to donate – try to stay as local as possible – local to Houston that is. If that can’t be done, make sure it is a charity you trust, and that gives virtually everything donated to the cause and doesn’t skim off 40-60% (or more) in administration fees.
It’s a shame that we have to do homework just to help out, but that’s just the way it is. Donators beware.
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