J.D. Hayworth’s Big Problem
John McCain’s nemesis in his Senate reelection bid, J.D. Hayworth, just hit a big bump in the road.
[He] 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.
In the ad, Hayworth promises:
“Now you may think that what you’ve heard is too good to be true, but let me assure you, it is real, it’s available, and it’s something you should take advantage of. You should come to one of the National Grants Conferences. Because there you receive information, information that equates with power. And knowledge to make you a better business owner. To make you a wiser invester. To make you, perhaps, a first-time home owner. This is something you should take advantage of. Why leave it to the big boys on Wall Street or even the business owners on Main Street? Bring it to your street, to your home. Come to one of the national grants conferences.”
But a Tucson television station investigated and found otherwise:
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.
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