Gorman Confirms Skimming and Worse
Last year, I wrote how the IAFF was skimming a nickel on a dollar it collected during the annual fill-the-boot campaign taking in over a $1,000,000 it had absolutely no right to.
My information was dismissed then as speculative and lacking in proof.
Not any more.
The reality is actually worse than I had detailed.
This morning, former IAFF Chief of Staff and current Eastern District Trustee candidate Pete Gorman released the details of the long running scam to extort money from MDA.
Under General President Harold Schaitberger, the MDA fill-the-boot effort has become a substantial revenue generator netting as much or more than the IAFF’s own Financial Corporation, an extraordinary fact.
We sucker a children’s charity for more than we earn from a for-profit business.
Gorman, who certainly would be in a position to know, states that at most the IAFF spends $200,000 on MDA to begin with.
If we were recouping, it should be no more than that amount.
But many strongly disagree with even taking a cent of the money we collect from the public.
What would they think if they knew we were holding back $1,400,000?
We brag that we are “in the big leagues” but big leaguers actually donate to their signature charities with direct payments and in-kind services.
He wants 600% profit on the “deal.”
Sources say the IAFF takes so much money from MDA they have trouble figuring out where to hide it, stashing it in line items like Whitey Bulger’s many bank accounts.
Howie McClennan must be turning in his grave at the specter of Harold Schaitberger bilking the charity that Boston Local 718 made.
The culture of our once great union has changed to the point that the next few days will no doubt see IAFF members rushing to defend a guy who is stealing from a church collection plate.
How far we have fallen with Schaitberger at the wheel.
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