The Disabled Veterans National Foundation claims to raise money for disabled vets. According to their tax filing they have raised close to $56 million in the last three years. Anderson Cooper 360 has been investigating this group for years and what they found is shocking. Of the 56 millions dollars, AC360° has found that none of that money actually gone to help veterans groups directly. While they do send stuff to veterans groups, most of it is stuff that the group did not want, ask for or need – like 11, 520 bags of coconut M&Ms!
CNN’s Drew Griffin has tried for more than a year to speak with the president of DVNF, Pricilla Landry Wilkewitz, to find out what happened to the money they raised. Griffin went to her home but she declined an interview. Today, she was scheduled to give a speech in California, so Griffin went to the event in hopes of getting answers from her. But she canceled her appearance. Instead he talked with another board member, vice president Valerie Conley, at the event. Conley claims that money has gone to veteran groups and that they “have done nothing illegal”.
The most popular internet site for escorts is backPage.com. In recent weeks Anderson Cooper 360° has reported on increased pressure from law enforcement and anti sex- trafficking groups to shut down their adult services section. Authorities say that underage girls are sometimes sold for sex on that site.
BackPage claims that they are not a prostitution site and that they work with law enforcement to track down child sex traffickers.
They also say that “shutting down the site is not an answer” and gave AC360° a few names of their supporters. When we reached out to them, we heard otherwise.
AC360° is Keeping them Honest!
After months of reporting on the felons pardoned by out-going Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, CNN's Ed Lavandera (@edlavaCNN) follows up on one of the men. A Pontotoc County, Mississippi grand jury has charged Harry Bostick with drunken driving leading to a death, felony drunken driving and fleeing the scene of an accident where a death occurred. The accident happened in October.
More than 20,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Turkey, finding a measure of safety in tent camps. The Syrians refuse to return to their homes unless Bashar al-Assad is no longer in power.Grief is everywhere. No one has escaped unscathed. Anderson tells some of their stories.
On tonight’s AC360°, Anderson spoke with Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, following Friday’s vote to keep interest rates on government-backed student loans from doubling. Most Democrats, including Maloney, opposed the move, blasting Republicans for raiding a preventative care fund in President Obama’s health care law, in order to pay for their bill, accusing those across the aisle of going after women, yet again.
But when Anderson pointed out Democrats, including Maloney, dipped into that very same fund to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut earlier this year, things got a little heated. Additionally, the prevention fund does not appear to specifically target women’s health, rather, it paints in much broader brushstrokes. As Maloney points out, the preventative measures funded in the health care bill do benefit women and their families.
But if Democrats have raided this fund before, and if the fund does not specifically target women’s health programs, can you really call what Republicans did Friday a “war on women”?
As the killings continue in Syria, Sen. John McCain spoke with Anderson Cooper tonight blasting President Obama’s Syria policy and is encouraging America to do more to end the violence. He calls the conflict in Syria “a full-fledged civil war” and says that the UN’s mission there “is worst than doing nothing”.
Keeping Them Honest on Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) speaks with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., about the Syrian regime's lies.
CNN's Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) asks if Rep. Michele Bachmann's HPV remarks will sink her presidential bid.
CNN's Anderson Cooper looks into Rep. Michele Bachmann's suggestion that the HPV vaccine is dangerous.
Anderson Cooper asks whether Congress and the president are headed for another round of bickering over the new jobs
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