Tuesday, August 05, 2014


(h/t Atrios)

Move American Forward is a far-right organization which employs freakshows like Melanie Morgan (see here and here) and promotes rightwing agit-prop such as this: "CLINTON AT STATE DEPARTMENT INTERFERED WITH BENGHAZI DEFENSE."

Now, Pro Publica reports that MAF may be mostly another grifter operation:
Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead
Move America Forward has collected millions to send care packages to U.S. troops. But its assets have been used to benefit conservative political consulting firms close to its Tea Party founder.

By Kim Barker, ProPublica

In February 2013, Move America Forward announced an ambitious fundraising goal. The charity, launched in part by one of the most prominent figures in the Tea Party movement, had adopted the 800 Marines in a battalion fighting in Afghanistan and wanted to send them all care packages.

“For some troops, these care packages are the only mail they will receive all year,” the group said in one email solicitation.

The charity later described the fundraising drive as a rousing success: In less than five weeks, all 800 Marines in a 1st Marine Division battalion nicknamed Geronimo were sent care packages and notes in Afghanistan, it claimed.

But that couldn’t have been true. The Marines of Geronimo weren’t even in Afghanistan during Move America Forward’s fund drive. Instead, they were deployed more than 3,000 miles away, in Okinawa, Japan.

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