This is J.D. Hayworth, the Tea Bagger Republican, who is trying to unseat John McCain as the Republican candidate for senate in Arizona.
Republican Senate challenger J.D. Hayworth appeared in a 2007 television infomercial in which he helped convince viewers that they could rake in big bucks by attending seminars that would teach them how to apply for federal grants that they wouldn’t have to pay back.
National Grants Conferences, the Florida-based company that hosted the classes and produced the informercial, has faced criticism from multiple state attorneys general and Better Business Bureaus.
Hayworth, a former Arizona congressman who is running against incumbent Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the Aug. 24 GOP primary, made the infomercial after losing his U.S. House seat in the 2006 election. References to his TV appearance on behalf of National Grants…
The infomercial promotes seminars that ostensibly instruct attendees how to get the “free money grants.” Tucson TV station KVOA did an investigation of National Grants Conferences that you can watch here. The TV station’s investigative team found that the workshops cost from $999 to $1,200 and federal government grants really aren’t even available to individuals.
“A grant expert tells us that the information they’re trying to sell you is available for free – on the Internet or here, at the Pima County Public Library,” KVOA’s Tom McNamara said in the 2009 report. “No. 2, a simple Internet search inputting just the company’s name reveals hundreds of complaints from people all across the country about National Grants Conferences. And No. 3, some Better Business Bureaus nationwide rate the company an ‘F.’ Separately, the attorney general in Vermont sued the company and forced them to tone down their advertising and the claims they were making.”
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Those “free Government Grants”?
“You may have seen an ad, gotten a call, or received an email offering “free government grants.” The people making these offers claim to represent the United States government or groups assisting the federal government with grant distribution. They might ask for personal information such as your Social Security and bank account numbers and promise to deposit the grant directly into your account. They might ask you to pay a “processing fee” for the grant. But instead of giving you a grant, their real plan is to steal your identity, your money, or both.”
You don’t need to join the Federal Grant Association to receive a Federal grant. Fall for this telemarketing scam and you could be out as much as $5000
Lastly – the Government doesn’t give money away for free. Almost all of these grants require work of a technical or skilled nature, and some experience in delivering the same technology or job on your resume. If the grant is to build a rest stop in a National Park – you need to show you have all the construction licenses, certifications, and have built similar structures. If the Grant is for Cancer Research, you need academic and professional credentials in that area of research. And no – looking though a microscope in 9th Grade Biology ain’t gonna cut it.
This is about a sleazy as it gets.