Now that Mike Huckabee has left Fox News to pursue an inevitable bid for the Republican presidential nomination, it’s worth taking a look at how he has used the right wing scam email machine to get rich. I’ve written about this many times before and it’s the same companies pushing the same fraudulent products to the same credulous audience.
Mike Huckabee, who is parting ways with Fox News, has profited from renting his Fox-promoted MikeHuckabee.com email list to a wide range of shady characters, including a medical quack claiming Alzheimer’s disease cures; a for-sale stock pundit that was fired from Fox; a financial firm that was fined by the government for engaging in “deliberate fraud”; and a survival food company that profits off of readers’ fears of being “herded into FEMA camps.”
Huckabee has previously denied responsibility for his shady sponsored emails, telling Media Matters: “You are supposed to read the disclosure and the disclaimer that is a part of the messages. You know, we are simply the conduit to send messages, these are sponsored and I can’t always vouch for the veracity.”
Huckabee has sent emails touting dubious Alzheimer’s disease cures from huckster Dr. Russell Blaylock. Blaylock is so disreputable that Fox News contributor Scott Brown was forced to end his relationship with his list manager, Newsmax, after he was criticized for sending a Blaylock email.
Blaylock has pushed numerous dubious claims on a wide range of medical subjects. He is a repeat guest on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ program, where videos of his appearances feature such headlines as “Dr. Russell Blaylock Exposes Obama’s Nazi Healthcare System,” “Obamacare is Mandated Social Engineering,” and “Fluoride’s Deadly Secret.”…
Stansberry & Associates is a disgraced financial firm that was fined $1.5 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for engaging in “deliberate fraud” and profiting from “false statements.” The Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General also announced in September 2011 that Stansberry & Associates, while not admitting a violation, “agreed to pay a $55,000 civil monetary penalty to the Social Security Administration” to settle an allegation it violated federal law by falsely suggesting it had “insider” information from the Social Security Administration.The firm sells financial products by pushing wild conspiracies about the Obama administration. Huckabee sent six emails for Stansberry Research between August 2012 and March 2013.
An August 28, 2012, email claimed to have uncovered “A banking loophole no one has caught onto yet.” Stansberry claimed in another email that bank customers “can walk into your bank – say five simple, but specific words — and walk out with physical silver … As one reader told us: ‘I never thought this would work. But it did! I tried it, and to my surprise, I got 34 silver coins from a single bank. Needless to say, Im [sic] going back for more! Thanks for the great idea!'”
In addition to its collection of fines, Stansberry has been widely criticized for deceptive practices by a wide range of sources.
Truth in Advertising, a nonprofit organization “against false advertising and deceptive marketing,” criticized Stansberry’s “misleading” silver scheme, writing: “Several testimonials used to promote one of two retirement newsletters published by Stansberry – Retirement Millionaire – claimed that the newsletter gave them the secret to obtaining ‘free’ silver from U.S. banks. However, TINA.org learned that the silver was not free at all; consumers had to exchange their paper dollars for half dollars that contain silver — and those were ones only minted before 1971.” The group also criticized the firm for customer testimony that “omitted vital information” and “contained blatant lies.”
The conservative publication Daily Caller called Stansberry a “fraudster” who has duped investors. In 2012, Newt Gingrich was forced to distance himself from the firm, with an adviser claiming Stansberry is blacklisted from Gingrich’s mailing list (despite this, Gingrich still sends emails for Stansberry). The liberal-leaning Mother Jones noted that the firm “has a history of promoting dubious claims,” including predictions of “waves of violence and tumult across the United States and the impending implosion of the American economy.”
I’ve written many times about Stansberry in the past. He’s an absolute fraud and he is a staple of these newsletter email scams for right wing websites. But Huckabee says he has no responsibility to vet the people giving him large amounts of money to sell scams to his followers. Because remember, it’s Huckabee’s Christianity, which he wears on his sleeve, that informs his morality.