Nice Work If You Can Get It

How’s this for a plan:

1.  Send people letters and email, pleading for money to fight a terrible (yet non-existent) danger.

2.  Use that money to finance another round of dishonest pleas for money.

3.  Repeat steps 1 and 2, month after month, year after year, while taking a “management fee” for my efforts.

Nice, huh? Actually, I didn’t invent it. I’m trying to figure out if that’s what anti-gay activist Eugene Delgaudio is doing.

Eugene Delgaudio

Delgaudio is kind of a joke, known for extreme, over-the-top, even messianic fundraising appeals. On the other hand, he’s an actual elected official, and pulls in well over a million dollars a year in donations. He’s also in the news right now, because he rented the Weekly Standard‘s email list to send out an anti-gay fundraising request so appalling that the conservative magazine has actually issued a statement of regret.

For some reason, I’m on the mailing list for Delgaudio’s organization (“Public Advocate of the United States”). Last month he asked for money with a novel and ballsy approach. He was about to file his 990 with the IRS (a financial disclosure form) and he was short of his 2011 fundraising goal. This would devastate the nation:

If I fail to raise $46,359.17 by December 31st, I’ll be forced to broadcast our weakness and vulnerability to the Homosexual Lobby…

…if they see Public Advocate’s treasury depleted they will see an opening to ram through the Gay Bill of Special Rights, the Homosexual Classrooms Act and the repeal of DOMA…

No wonder they’ll be pouring over my finance report like demented hyenas cackling as they stalk their prey, ready to rip it to shreds…

Robert, that’s why your emergency gift of $50, $100 or $200 is so important.

Without it, the Homosexual Lobby will be able to show Public Advocate’s 990s to moderate politicians as proof there is no effective opposition to their agenda.

His chutzpah is breathtaking, as he pretends NOM, AFA, TVC, FRC and a host of anti-gay groups don’t exist. But that’s not even the ballsy part: Delgaudio is openly asking for money just for the sake of having money!

He’s not even saying what he plans to do with it. But that’s not important — all that matters is making sure everyone knows Eugene Delgaudio has your money. Literally, that’s his pitch.

Delgaudio’s been sending me junk for months, but it never occurred to me “pour over” his 990s until he brought them up. Then I figured, Why not? What does he do with all this cash? I’m no accountant, but I can read a 990. Let me walk you through what I found. And I’ll try not to cackle like a demented hyena stalking its prey.

In 2009 (the latest year on file), Delgaudo received $1,276,232 in donations (plus another hundred grand in investment income). Here are his expenses.

Various basic expenses
(Payroll, legal, accounting, etc)

$224,942

Management fee

163,944

Grants, travel conferences

16,579

Lobbying

0

Postage

390,855

Printing

392,961

Computer and list maintenance

65,875

Creative and Coordinating

129,658

Other (mystery)

71,697

Total

$1,456,511

So it costs him almost a quarter of a million a year just to maintain his basic operation. That’s actually not too bad. You might be wondering how much of that sum is Delgaudio’s salary. Well, none. Zip, zilch, nada. The records are clear. He doesn’t draw a salary. What selfless devotion to the cause!

Except for…well, except for the management fee paid to Eugene Delgaudio & Associates, Inc., a management consulting company wholly owned by, of course, Eugene Delgaudio. It’s $163,944, plus another $7662 buried in other expenses, for a grand total of $171,606.

$171,606. That’s what Delgaudio pays himself every year.

Next, we see a tiny bit of money for grants and travel conferences. Sure, why not. Actually, I’m surprised it’s not higher, given his superhuman activist persona. In fact, there’s a deeper mystery: his listed lobbying expenses are zero. Again, I have to ask — what is he doing with his donations?

The next three items (postage, printing, and computer and list maintenance) add up to $849,691. And you know what I call those expenses? Fundraising.

Delgaudio would disagree. He’d say he’s sending letters and emails asking for money so he can fight the homosexual agenda by…sending out letters and emails asking for money.

I guess I don’t know what he’d say. The letters, though are a hoot. Not just because they’re full of lies (e.g., if anti-discrimination law passes, “Churches would be forced to hire homosexual youth pastors” and there will be “pro-homosexual hiring quotas in workplaces” — both demonstrably false). No, the letters are hilarious because, well, read for yourself:

One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself. As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses. Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined. Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling. My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press. Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized. As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.” Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.

I love this trembling, bulging, homoerotic vision of a shady warehouse filled with gay men on forklifts, loading boxes of petitions onto tractor-trailers.  Of course, you have to believe some unbelievable things. First, that gay men have never heard of Kinko’s. And second – long hair? Dude, it’s not 1977. Update your stereotypes.

I’ve screen-capped a recent email from Delgaudio. You can view it here. Typically, it starts with a grandiose description of his personal martyrdom, breathlessly describes “a new threat,” and pleads for your money. He also asks you to update your contact info for future fundraising sign an online petition.

What are we left with now? A little over two hundred grand for “Creative and coordinating” and “Other.” That’s mysterious. In this frustrating effort to find out what he actually does, I checked his website and found a list:

public demonstrations, news conferences, media campaigns, petition drives and face-to-face confrontations with leading liberal politicians

That’s his claim. I found scant evidence of it though.  He’s got:

  • An online petition to members of Congress, which hasn’t been updated since the 2008 elections.
  • “Press releases,” which are like tiny blog entries linking to work done by people who are not Eugene Delgaudio.
  • Some youtube videos cribbed from other sources (newscasts, etc.).
  • A few original youtube videos. Stuff like Delgaudio wandering around other people’s events with a camera. Or running down an empty sidewalk waving a flag, and then shouting at the White House. (Seriously, check it out. I’ve cued it up to the funniest bit.) These have petered off lately: just one video in 2010, and two in 2011.
  • Also, in a sudden fit of actually doing something, he printed out what he claims are “over a million petitions” against special rights for gays in 2010 (not 2009, the year detailed above), and delivered them to the Senate, whatever that means — apparently dropping them off at the back of a building after a cop tells you to move your boxes. The video of that is pretty funny, too.

Crap, I do more than that for free. But it’s what you get for your $1,276,232. What Eugene Delgaudio gets, of course, is $171,606.

Delgaudio has the public’s eye right now, and he’s working it. This might be a good time for him to step back from his cries of persecution and tell his donors exactly what it is he does with their money — besides using it to ask them for more money.

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33 comments to Nice Work If You Can Get It

  • 1
    Regan DuCasse says:

    Four words:
    That boy ain’t right.

  • 2
    The_L says:

    Am I the only one whose gaydar is going off here?  Somebody is VERY deep inside that closet, from the looks of it…

  • 3
    Pasadena says:

    Dude has HOMO written all over him.  Sorry, I mean, UGLY HOMO.  

  • 4
    Starshadow says:

    It occurs to me that every penny he raises and spends on himself is one less penny going to NOM, or FOF or any of the other hate organizations that actually DO something, even if that something is whining about the Homo Agenda. And no, The L, you’re not the only one whose gaydar is pinging. Loudly.
     
    Dude needs to get laid. Pity he’s so ugly. Most men I know have good taste.
     

  • 5
    robtish says:

    Hey folks, no point in mocking his appearance. (See here.)

    Not when there’s so much inner ugliness to mock.

  • 6

    [...] This is absolutely dead on, and what we've been saying to those people trying to either dismiss or defend Mr. Delgaudio for years now. Rob Tisinai does more than just point it out, though; he walks us through it, in detail both hilarious and sad. Sad, because Mr. Delgaudio is a fraud, which means that someone is being duped. This brief analysis of his financial records demonstrates it. Thanks to Rob for posting the link in comments. [...]

  • 7
    Neil says:

    Oh, he’s hilarious. His “One stormy night…” anecdote is priceless. I would never have believed a campaigner that ineffectual would be soaking up donations in the service of attacking gays if I didn’t see it for myself. We need more like him. He’s as entertaining as he is self defeating.

  • 8
    Russ Manley says:

    The gaydar isn’t just pinging, it’s at DEFCON 1 with this dude.  To think that someone as pathetic and disturbed and self-loathing-homophobic as this can rake in over a million year for doing shit . . . stupid me, I scraped through poverty to get a college education and slaved away at a real job for the last thirty years.  Welcome to America, where any asshole can be a millionaire!
     
     

  • 9
    The_L says:

    @Russ: And decent people get left in the cold!
    Maybe I should start making up wild and outlandish claims about a random group of people–say, dental hygenists.  I’ll make a mint!

  • 10
    Chris Mongeau says:

    I somehow got on Eugene’s email list and frequently get his latest updates/calls for money. I don’t know what shocks me more, that he manages to get a million dollars in donations from those emails (which look like they were written by The Onion) or that he is an elected official. Who would vote for him? Yikes!

  • 11

    Public Advocate was first attacked in 1982 on the front page of the Washington Post Metro section for sending out, gasp, a letter critical of so-called homosexual rights legislation. 100s of times since then various liberal, leftist and pro-homosexual opinion writers have expressed shock that anyone would dare oppose them. Thankfully most of the time the newsmedia does report accurately on exactly what we do and say in our program of education on legislation, legal briefs before agencies and courts, and advocacy of policies at the executive level in the federal government and in the respective states and localities.  That accuracy is absent here.
     

  • 12

    [...] Eugene Delgaudio.  First we have him getting disowned by The Weekly Standard, and then we have a rundown of the exploits and fundraising and “management fees” of Public Adovcate of the …, Delgaudio’s gay-obsessed organization.  As the title of that last link’s blog post [...]

  • 13
    robtish says:

    To the Hon. Eugene Delgaudio: Thanks for you response.  You could have saved valuable time, though, by just writing, “Nuh uh!” because that’s what your comment amounts to.

    If, on the other hand, you wish to give a more substantive explanation of how you’ve used the millions of dollars you’ve received over the years, feel free to share it here.

  • 14
    The_L says:

    Delgaudio: I have gone to school and work with numerous gay people, and am somewhat bisexual myself.  I have yet to see ANY evidence of gay people being in any way harmful to society.  On the contrary, homophobia drives gay teens to end their lives, marginalizes upstanding members of the community, and encourages people to turn against each other.  That’s an awful lot of damage to society.
     
    That point is moot, however, because you are not doing a damn thing with your money except asking for more money.  That’s the textbook definition of a scam, and it would be a scam whether the things you were saying about GLBT people were factual or not.

  • 15
    Regan DuCasse says:

    @Delgaudio
     
    What The_L said.

  • 16
    Ben In Oakland says:

    Mr. D– if you looked up dishonourable and dishonest in the dictionary, your picture would probably be there. you have been caught out many times in your lies, distortions and (ahem) fairy stories.
    So I’m going to offer you a very simple challenge. Provide some proof for your dark and stormy night scenario. Who owned the warehouse? Who paid for the hundreds of thousands of petition printings, the forklifts, the be-earring’ed and be-mulleted workers, the forklifts? How did you find out about it?
    As a gay acitvist for decades, I’ve nevr seen or heard anything even remotely claiming what you say.
    And then, for the REAL proof, I want you to swear on this God you say you believe in, on the peril of your immortal soul, that EVERYTHING you say is, how shall we call it, the GOD’S HONEST TRUTH.
    Then we can believe that you are anything other than a scam artist with issues. It should be simple.
    Of course, the question i have is that so many people JUST LIKE YOU can be caught in their lies, distortions, and half- truths, called out on them, claim you are doing nothing of the sort, and continue on with the same dirty work. I’ve caught a few of them myself.
    Are you up for the challenge?
     
     

  • 17
    Some Teacher says:

    Thank you for the excellent expose’ of Mr. Delgaudio.  I reference and link to your research in a post I have just done at
    http://pedanticpoliticalponderings.blogspot.com/2012/01/repudiation-delgaudio-rakes-it-in.html

  • 18
    Neil says:

    Delgaudio what are you doing here?

  • 19
    Tim from Denver says:

    What we really need is more people like Mr Delgaudio!  He takes money and does no damage.  Every dollar he takes that would otherwise go to an effective organization is a gift.
    Perhaps we should send him a gift in return.  A fruit cake? [I have several left over from Christmas.]

  • 20

    [...] [Delgaudio responded in the comments.] Gay blogs slammed Delgaudio, including Waking Up Now, which dissected the finances of his advocacy group, Public Advocate of the United States. [Delgaudio again responded in the [...]

  • 21

    [...] [Delgaudio responded in the comments.] Gay blogs slammed Delgaudio, including Waking Up Now, which dissected the finances of his advocacy group, Public Advocate of the United States. [Delgaudio again responded in the [...]

  • 22
    Soren456 says:

    While I don’t doubt that this Busy Bee is routinely reelected, I do wonder about the circumstances.
    Is he as much a flake in his campaigns as he is in his hobby? Is he unopposed? If opposed, is the opposition even more a nitwit? What is the undervote in the totals? I mean, how does this happen?
    Further, I wonder, when does he perform his elected duties? Does he keep office hours? Attend hearings? Meet constituents? 
    A mystery to me. Answers (or conjectures) will be appreciated.

  • 23

    [...] appealing the frequent fundraising appeals of Sterling supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, through his sham “lobbying” organization Public Advocate. In case you don’t recognize the white supremacist imagery, it’s an [...]

  • 24

    [...] maybe he isn’t so poor, after all. According to one blogger’s recent report, Public Advocate is most likely a one-man show, and Eugene Delgaudio is making upwards of $170,000 [...]

  • 25

    [...] at random, probably to highlight the code words his followers are supposed to recognize. He pays himself $170,000 a year and spends the rest of his donations on fundraising [...]

  • 26
    Tutor Jobs says:

    Wonderful site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of online community where I can get opinions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Many thanks!

  • 27

    [...] details), along with the pleas for money. Well, of course he needs money: he only rakes in about a million dollars a year in donations. Skipping to the end, I see this in almost illegible, tiny grey characters: You were added to the [...]

  • 28

    [...] at random, probably to highlight the code words his followers are supposed to recognize. He pays himself $170,000 a year and spends the rest of his donations on fundraising [...]

  • 29

    [...] And here he is on tv, claiming that someone else may have sent the mailer that came from the Public Advocate. Since he’s one of two employees of that organization, I find that less than believable. [...]

  • 30

    [...] You know what his hate group, the “Public Advocate of the United States,” does to earn Eugene Delgaudio his pay. You know his “antics” are causing real harm to real people. Yet, you let it slide, [...]

  • 31

    We are doing all we can to end this man’s career as an elected public official. Please visit our Web site at realadvocate.org and consider helping out. We have made court appearances already to obtain some of the evidence against him and have more pending. We don’t pay for lawyer time (I donate that myself), but we do need to pay for filing costs, copies, Web hosting, and a few other things. Not to be vulgar, but if anyone reading this wants to help stop Eugene Delgaudio, please consider a small donation to Real Advocate. Even $20 will help (filing our first court action, for example, cost $56, so you can see how modest numbers both help, and do add up).

    Stevens Miller
    Executive Director
    Real Advocate PAC.

  • 32

    […] details), along with the pleas for money. Well, of course he needs money: he only rakes in about a million dollars a year in donations. Skipping to the end, I see this in almost illegible, tiny grey […]

  • 33

    […] Advocate USA, Wiki page, blog post about how Eugene Delgaudio is possibly running a scam.  Opt out […]

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