...an organization OtBB has been pleased to support in the past thanks to the local activism of young Derek Araujo, has taken a salvo this week for its stupidity and hypocrisy.
The gist of the controversay is that when Gresham invited the Wounded Warrior Project to join him on his Veteran's Day radio broadcast and talk about their work, their accomplishments and their objectives, WWP's public relations director Leslie A. Coleman declined, citing their "Additional Opportunities Policy," specifically the disclaimer at the bottom of that Webpage:
"WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or weapon companies."
Ignoring for a moment that Gresham's radio and television programs are by no stretch of the imagination "weapon companies," WWP actually sponsers firearms-related events such as hunting, and the sale of a Wounded Warrior Project Commemorative Rifle.
And this past May, "weapon companies" Kahr Arms, Magnum Research and Auto Ordnance, announced a $50,000 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
(That was from a press release from Kahr, not WWP, so it would seem that Wounded Warrior Project will take "weapons" money... as long as it's on the down-low.)
Grisham, like Hollywood cowboy of yore "Wild Bill" Elliott, is a "peaceable man," but he wasn't of a mind to lay down on this one.
It didn't take long before the non-mainstream media took note of Wounded Warrior Project's high-hatting of Grisham.
Okay, so while you won't see this reported on ABC, CBS, CNN or NBC, it's gotten national attention, and while gun owners weren't able to prevent an Obama re-relection, within 24 hours they had caused WWP to back-track:
"A spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project expressed regret for 'the appearance of a lack of appreciation for the support the [firearms] community has given us based on a confusingly communicated business decision.'"
Right! That, as the late "Colonel Sherman T. Potter" would term it, is "Carolina cowpies!"
The policy cited by Leslie A. Coleman (who may also be "late" at this point), stems from knee-jerk corporate hoplophobia, an educated surmise based on the structure of the Wounded Warrior Project, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
It boasts that...
"82.8 percent of total expenditures went to provide services and programs for Wounded Warriors and their families."
Today, the fast-moving story had another development:
Basically, it's more backing and filling, but it does note that Nardizzi will be appearing on Gresham's program this Sunday to hash it out with the host and do his mea culpas for the listeners.
August 2012 issue of Charity Watch.org gives the Wounded Warrior Project a "D" rating which is unsatisfactory. It is my understanding that the Semper Fi Fund which gets an "A+" broke away from the WWP. ndash; Paul Haines
So everyone's using the same yardstick, Charity Navigator.org rates SFF at an exceptional "67.85/70" while WWP at a not-so-hot "54.18/70."