12/11/2012 09:39 am ET Updated Dec 12, 2012

Rachel Maddow Rips Conservative Media For Scamming Donors (VIDEO)

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Rachel Maddow tore into members of the conservative media on her Monday MSNBC show for what she called "scamming" gullible members of their own party who donate to various Super PACs.

Maddow discussed how watchdog group Media Matters recently looked into conservative pundit Dick Morris' Super PAC and found that some of his key expenditures included renting his own email list, which is operated by Newsmax Media.

"So your money ... goes to Dick Morris, who apparently then pays it to Newsmax to send emails, and then Newsmax maybe just pays it back to Dick Morris to pay for the email addresses to which they just sent all of his emails," Maddow said. "What these financial reports seems to indiciate is that donations to Dick Morris' Super PAC substantially end up just going to Dick Morris." She added that Morris' Super PAC has been around for a couple of years "so maybe it doesn't always look like a scam," but that more and more "scammy-looking" arrangements have been coming to light — as in the case of the well funded Tea Party group Freedom Works.

Dick Armey, the man who helped build the conservative group, recently left and arranged an $8 million golden parachute for himself upon his departure, which raised some eyebrows. Then news broke that Freedom Works president Matt Kibbe allegedly used the group's staff and funds to write part of his book. "So if you think about it, anyone donating to Freedom Works was effectively paying for the staff time and the resources to produce a project that just personally profited one of the people who works there," Maddow said. "A scam."

Maddow likened the situation to what she called Newt Gingrich's "direct mail scam," where he would give businesses fake awards, which gave them the opportunity to donate $5,000 to meet him. "Congratulations to you!" Maddow quipped. "Where is your check to me?"

She also compared the situation to what she called the "scammy campaign" where Mike Huckabee asked supporters to donate $2,500 to "help fund the battle" against Obamacare, which also went towards helping to keep Huckabee on TV to repeal Obamacare.

"Will having Mike Huckabee on TV repeal Obamacare? I'm checking with the constitution, but I don't think so," Maddow said. She later added, "If you are a person who has long been fascinated by how similar the conservative 'be afraid' direct mail that asks for money looks to the kind of direct mail that tries to scam your grandmother out of her savings ... it is amazing to see, if you have been watching this over time ... is how persistent this is."


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