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Thanks to Paul Ryan’s Visit, Charity Loses Donations

Thanks to Paul Ryan’s Visit, Charity Loses Donations

Photos of Vice President hopeful Paul Ryan and his wife washing dishes in crisp white aprons at a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen last week were staged. The incident has become one more to add to Ryan’s ever-growing storehouse of lies but the fallout for the soup kitchen, the Mahoning County St. Vincent de Paul Society, has been a fast and furious drop in the number of donations.

As the organization’s director, Brian Antal, tells the Huffington Post about the amount of donations lost,”It appears to be a substantial amount. You can rest assured there has been a substantial backlash.” Antal (who describes himself as an independent and has reportedly voted in Democratic primaries for the past seventeen years) did not give the specific amount, as his organization is private and does not disclose such information.

Ryan’s visit has created a very big bellyache for the Mahoning County St. Vincent de Paul Society. Ryan supporters have targeted the charity and its volunteers in some very uncharitable ways, says Antal:

“The sad part is a lot of [the callers] want to hide behind anonymity,” [Antal] said, adding that if someone leaves their name and number he has tried to return their call. In addition to phone calls, people have posted a few choice words on the charity’s Facebook wall, including statements like “I hope you lose your tax emempt [sic] status,” “Anyone who is thinking about donations to you should think twice” and “Shame on you Brian Antal!”

People, this is a soup kitchen that serves over 100,000 people a year in a city whose economic fortunes have long been in decline. Any vitriol should only be directed at Ryan and his campaign.

As the Washington Post reports, Ryan’s visit occurred after he had attended a town hall at Youngstown State University and was not planned in advance with the charity, as is the case for the Ryan campaign’s impromptu stops. A woman in charge at the soup kitchen site told Ryan’s staff that a visit from him would be fine.

But by the time Ryan got there, breakfast had already been served, patrons had left and the hall cleaned. A few volunteers said they were happy to remain while Ryan, his wife and their three young children visited; photographers and TV cameras then took footage of “Ryan and his family washing pots that did not appear to be dirty.” Or as Antal commented, “[Ryan] did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Noting also that Ryan’s staff failed to “go through the proper channels” to visit the soup kitchen, Antal told the Washington Post that even if they had “asked for permission, it wouldn’t have been granted” as the faith-based charity’s by-laws require it to be “apolitical.” Ryan’s campaign simply “showed up …. and got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

Fortunately, instructions about how to donate to the Mahoning County St. Vincent de Paul Society have been circulating on the Internet. But if anyone needs to know what some in the GOP think about the 47 percent — that they’re photo ops — the Ryan campaign has served up a full plate of evidence.


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10:57AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

I would never donate anything to any charity that any Republican makes a fake appearance at. They are all sneaky, underhanded, liars who's only goal is to manipulate people. Recall All Republicans and then maybe we can really start to help the American people. Republicans only care about protecting the rich and big corporations who fill their bank accounts. Scumb buckets all of them.

5:48PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Thank you for the confirmation

4:26PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Once again troll, back under your bridge!

3:51PM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

I don't think that this is the intelligence level of all Obama lovers. How sad.

11:34AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Go Lee! Grab another handful of green stars out of petty cash, they are on me!!

11:24AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Just what we need Frank S. an insulting anti-Obama nutjob troll invoking god. You dimwits are pretty much all alike. Go crawl back under your bridge.

9:18AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012


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8:25AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Well Frank S - you all seem to be bent on provoking by coming to a site that you have no interest in other than bringing your Tea-bagger agendas to a site that does not embrace your lies, hateful rhetoric, venomous expulsions, and your bigotry and hatred aimed at a man who stepped into the crap Bush left us. Talk about destroying of America. Thank goodness Bush only had 8 years, which was way too long, but after corrupting two elections, we were left with a moron whose only intention was to catapult himself into a position of a hero after becoming a war-time president (which he stated as his goal while he was still governor of Texas). It didn't work out that way for him because most of those on his staff, along with Bush and Cheney, were hell-bent on power. In the process of launching two wars, implementing the "Patriot Act", disregarding the peril of victims of Hurricane Katrina, wire-tapping, water-boarding, etc., this country lost all credibility and honor that had been maintained throughout the free world. How dare you talk about destroying when Obama has done nothing but work to re-build what was lost. Your party has been determined (with Mitch O'Connell's words) to make sure Obama was a one-term President, and those words were spoken very early in Obama's first four years. You need to step back Frank because this is Progressive site. Your lies, misinformation, deception, stirring the pot are not taken lightly here and whether I say it or someone else does, you don't sta

7:58AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Temper Temper Lee, name calling never solved anything. Typical Obama lovers. Be careful what you wish for 4 more years of Obama will destroy this great nation. When its too late all you Obama lovers will see the light.

Well at least I know where to get ice if I need some.

God bless America, were going to need his blessing sooner than we think.

2:13PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

The Americans want stability, which Obama has worked hard to create, but with the impotent on the right, he been challenged every step of the way during his presidency. So Frank S, go suck on your toes you nasty little troll.

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