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Last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow exposed and possibly embarrassed DT on the eve of the GOP Presidential Debate. The group hosting the event ” Veterans for a Strong America in Southern California. DT’s appearance aboard the USS Iowa, was an event benefiting Veterans for a Strong America , with tickets ranging between $100 and $1,000.
What she discovered,the “veterans group” was an apparent one-man organization. Maddow said, the Federal Election Commission filings for the group’s PAC reveal that, besides having only $30 cash in hand and $318 in debts, the organization’s only member is founder Joel Arends.
What we learned via Linkedin , Facebook and other sources.
Mission Statement: Veterans for a Strong America is a non-partisan action organization dedicated to educating the public, members of Congress and the Executive Branch about the importance of growing the world’s strongest, most robust economy, strengthening and modernizing America’s Armed Forces, implementing a common-sense national energy policy, implementing responsible intelligence reform and strengthening the ability of America’s law enforcement agencies to prosecute terrorism on a global battlefield; all in the name of keeping America safe and strong.
Veterans for a Strong America is a source of a reference for Fox News. VSA’s hot buttons is Bin Laden ,Benghazi and Hillary’s emails.
The group is suing the State Department for Clinton’s emails and phone logs for around the time of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. (Dailycaller)
There are may You tube videos,the only representative on those videos is Arends. Supporting Rachel Maddox’ statement. The other videos simply reference the organization.
In 2012, Veterans for a Strong America hosted events for presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorium, with the exception of Arends no one associated with VSA appeared on camera or in the audience.
According to OpenSecrets.org, Veterans for a Strong America (2014-2013)has $30 in cash on hand, and $318 in debts.
In 2012, the organization received $156,120. The group donated $125,000 to Mitt Romney and the balance to Senatorial Candidate (ND)Rick Berg.
Despite his words (did I just say that? ) DT wants the support of Veterans. His attack on John McCain has never set well with Veterans. So imagine when one veterans group came to his defense.
“Don’t get me wrong, I think John McCain is strong on veterans’ issues,” said Joel Arends, chairman of Veterans for a Strong America, which defended DT over the weekend in a statement that his campaign issued in a news release. “The problem is not John McCain’s record. The problem is how do we run government and is government going to be responsive to men and women who’ve laid their lives on the line for this country,” Mr. Arends said, adding that he believed DT had hit a nerve by identifying the inefficiencies and breakdowns in veterans’ services.
Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, tweeted after the event,”Just learned Trump did an event today announcing he’s been endorsed by a vets group that nobody’s ever heard of. w/out a real vets platform. Are they a 501c3/c19? Have they ever testified on the hill? Do they have any real programs? What have they done? These are questions to ask.”https://twitter.com/PaulRieckhoff/status/643980079635148800
“In an interview with ThinkProgress, Arends refused to discuss any information regarding how the group was financed or its leadership. Arends also declined to provid legal forms he claims to have file with the IRS. A representative from the IRS told ThinkProgress that the agency does not have any forms from Arends’ group on file.”
The truth will be revealed in hours…