Disgraced former “Republican” Rep. Adam Kinzinger reportedly was and may still be a board member of a pro-Ukrainian organization that allegedly bilked people out of their money and was allegedly involved in some nefarious activities.
The proof of his membership comes directly from the organization, Ripley’s Heroes, which was reportedly founded by retired U.S. Marine named Lt. Col. Hunter Ripley Rawlings IV.
Look what the organization posted to Twitter last September:
Today, we’d like to announce that veteran, congressman and true friend of Ukraine, Representative Adam Kinzinger will be joining the Ripley’s Heroes Board of Advisors.
Welcome aboard, Lieutenant colonel! https://t.co/tIdItKoUQ4 pic.twitter.com/biAAy7Gdoh
— Ripley’s Heroes (@RipleysHeroes) September 26, 2022
“Today, we’d like to announce that veteran, congressman and true friend of Ukraine, Representative Adam Kinzinger will be joining the Ripley’s Heroes Board of Advisors,” the tweet above reads.
There’s just one problem. The organization that he enthusiastically joined is now under federal investigation for shipping military equipment to Ukraine without any paper trail, according to The New York Times.
“Last spring, a volunteer group called Ripley’s Heroes said it had spent approximately $63,000 on night-vision and thermal optics. Some of the equipment was subject to American export restrictions because, in the wrong hands, it could give enemies a battlefield advantage,” the Times reported Saturday.
“Frontline volunteers said Ripley’s delivered the equipment to Ukraine without required documentation listing the actual buyers and recipients. Recently, the federal authorities began investigating the shipments, U.S. officials said.”
But there’s more.
“Colonel Rawlings has said that his group is awaiting American nonprofit status. But he has not revealed his spending or proof of a nonprofit application to The Times or to donors who have asked. So it is not clear where the money is going,” according to the paper.
“I believed these guys. And they took me for a fool,” one donor, Shaun Stants, said.
According to the Times, Stants organized a fundraiser in October but was never shown the financial records he’d apparently asked for.
But there’s even more.
“Corporate records in Poland and the United States show that Colonel Rawlings also started a for-profit company called Iron Forge. In an interview, he said he expected his charity and others to pay Iron Forge for transportation, meaning that donor money would be used to finance his private venture,” according to the Times.
However, Rawlings tried to defend this by claiming Iron Forge will eventually send money back to his other groups.
With all this in mind, critics are now demanding answers from Kinzinger and peppering him with criticism.
There is now an ongoing federal investigation into Ripley’s, according to NYT.
Ripley’s donations were used to funnel cash from the non-profit into a for-profit venture. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is fraud.
What did Kinzinger know about it?
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) March 25, 2023
@AdamKinzinger little #fella your week is getting worse and worse. Not to mention that now you’re officially labeled a traitor and a liar by anyone with a reputation to keep. Can you send out more videos of you crying?Cause I think the waterworks
Are about to be wide open
— Firelyfe76 (@firelyfe76) March 25, 2023
And he also tried to bilk people out of money by charging them 100$ each for autographed January sixth reports …
The guys a hot mess in uniform.
— Rose Griswold (@Tinybird333) March 25, 2023
Should we be shocked. its expected that anyone who wants Trump in Jail, Americans disarmed and enslaved should be a Ukrainian advocate and on the board!!! Lier, cheat and thief.
— Penney Mathis (@mathis_penney) March 25, 2023
Not surprised! The ones that hate Trump the most are the biggest crooks with something to hide.
— N. Holmes (@Tiffany_Blu3) March 25, 2023
Note what one critic wrote: “And he also tried to bilk people out of money by charging them 100$ each for autographed January sixth reports.”
Believe it or not, but the Twitter user is correct.
“For $100, you can own a signed copy of the House Select Committee’s final report on the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol,” CBS News reported in January.
“Former U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of the two Republicans who served on the committee, is selling autographed copies of the hard-bound book on his Country First PAC website. You can even make installment payments of $25.”
OMG….. Little Adam Kinzinger is selling autographed copies of the J6 report through a company called “Pink Cilantro”.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 18, 2023
In fairness, he claimed all proceeds would be directed toward the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund, which reportedly supports the families of fallen officers.
As previously reported, Kinzinger used to be a Republican representative from Illinois until he voluntarily stepped down at the end of his 2022 term.
That said, he stepped down precisely because he knew he wouldn’t win reelection. Not only because he’d supported former President Donald Trump’s impeachment, but also because of his left-wing positions on plenty of other matters …
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