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Fri Jan 13, 2012, 04:06 PM

The spotlight burns a hole in facade of Santorum's “Operation Good Neighbor.” charity.

The Washington Post is reporting Santorum's charity to improve the lives of the lower income people in his home state, in reality spent most if its money improving the lives of his cadre of political friends.

But homeless families and troubled children were not the biggest beneficiaries of “Operation Good Neighbor.” Instead, the foundation spent most of its money to run itself, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees for fundraising, administration and office rental paid to Santorum’s political allies.

The charity also had significant overlap with the senator’s campaigns and his work on Capitol Hill. Among the leading donors to the foundation were Pennsylvania development and finance firms that had donated to his election efforts and had interests that Santorum had supported in the Senate.

Santorum, whose last-minute surge in the Iowa caucuses has brought new attention to his presidential bid, portrays himself as a common man concerned about the gap between the nation’s rich and poor. But in the case of his charity, his efforts ended up mostly helping his cadre of political friends.

Before it folded in 2007, the foundation raised $2.58 million, with 39 percent of that donated directly to groups helping the needy. By industry standards, such philanthropic groups should be donating nearly twice that, from 75 to 85 percent of their funds.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/santorum-charity-for-the-poor-spent-most-of-its-money-on-management-political-friends/2012/01/11/gIQAGDKVwP_story.html


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Reply The spotlight burns a hole in facade of Santorum's “Operation Good Neighbor.” charity. (Original post)
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2012 OP
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #1
stillwaiting Jan 2012 #2
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2012 #4
MarianJack Jan 2012 #3
Hampton Jones Jan 2012 #5
Scuba Jan 2012 #6

Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 04:08 PM

1. You see he provided jobs people. OK it wasn't for the poor but what the heck

 

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 04:12 PM

2. And THIS is why charity can never, ever come close to addressing certain issues.

Especially when they are run by right wing assholes.

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Response to stillwaiting (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 07:56 PM

4. A chairity is only as good as the people running it.

Since charities are a feather in the hat of the bored wealthy and politically connected in the this country, they're often not run by the best of people. Which is to say I totally agree with you.

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Original post)

Fri Jan 13, 2012, 04:44 PM

3. Little ricky santorum =...

...genuine little shit!

PEACE!

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Original post)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 04:54 AM

5. Right wingers probably don't care, but...

...this is just more evidence that Rick Santorum is Simply. Un. Electable.

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Response to Lone_Star_Dem (Original post)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 06:34 AM

6. Sanctimony is a sure sign of evildoing.

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