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Dave Levinthal @davelevinthal
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1/ On this observance of Veterans Day, a cautionary tale for those who may receive a phone call from a group asking for money in the name of helping veterans.

While many vets orgs spend a lot of $$ helping vets, a few notably don't. This is a story about the latter.
2/ Last December, @sarahkleiner9 of @publici published this investigation of two sister nonprofit groups and their recently formed political action committee cousin. All were run by the same man, former Army Maj. Brian Arthur Hampton.…
3/ As @sarahkleiner9 reported then, most of the millions upon millions of dollars these veterans groups were raising went to one of two places: the pockets of telemarketing firms or the pockets of the groups' leader, Brian Arthur Hampton.…
4/ TV programs such as @jaketapper's @TheLeadCNN took notice. And soon after, so did government officials.…
5/ First, nonprofit watchdog @CharityNav placed “concern advisories” on Brian Arthur Hampton's Circle of Friends for American Veterans and the Center for American Homeless Veterans…
6/ Then, Virginia @AGMarkHerring's office opened an investigation into Brian Arthur Hampton's nonprofit operations, concerned it was misleading donors.…
7/ @RepWalterJones, R-N.C., also asked congressional colleagues to look into the matter…
8/ By April, New York state's attorney general office was investigating Hampton's veterans nonprofits…
9/ And last month, a man who used to work for Brian Arthur Hampton filed a whistleblower complaint against Hampton with the Internal Revenue Service:…
10/ Among the few politicians who did receive money from Brian Arthur Hampton's political action committee, Put Vets First! PAC, at least half — including @DeanHeller — decided to dispose of the money after @sarahkleiner9 contacted them about it…
11/ Brian Arthur Hampton has told @publici that he's done nothing wrong. And his groups continue to raise large amounts of money, spending the vast majority of it on telemarketing firms and salaries.…
12/ A breakdown of Brian Arthur Hampton's Put Vets First! PAC finances — not including his two nonprofit groups.…
13/ As of today, Brian Arthur Hampton's organizations remain in operation and continue raising money, little of which will go to benefit veterans in any direct or demonstrable way.
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