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Real Housewives of DC “Premier Party”: More Salahi Charity Fraud

You may have seen that Tareq and Michaele Salahi are hosting a “Premier Party”. I think they meant “Premiere Party,” but whatever it’s just a typo. The party is on August 5th, the night Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of DC airs and is said to raise funds for something called “Dab The Aids Bear Project”. It’s being hosted by DC’s Most Fabulous magazine. When I write ‘DC’s Most Fabulous Magazine,” I don’t mean that it’s fabulous and the best in Washington, DC. That is the name of the magazine. Who names their magazine something like that? Apparently no legitimate and truly fabulous DC magazine like Washington Life magazine, Capitol File or Washingtonian would host the event, so they had to go with this.  So odd, but sadly I’m sure they are fooling those not in-the-know!

Knowing what I do about these con artists and frauds, I did a bit of research and sure enough there is a link on www.dcsmostfabulous.com to www.dabtheaidsbearproject.com. Note that it’s a “.com” and not a “.org”.  This is your first clue that this is going to be more illegitimacy from the Salahis. There it states that:  “Dab the Aids Bear Project is a 501(c)(3) charity under JASYMN, INC.  All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.” Well, guess what? Guidestar.org and the IRS have no records of this organization as being a nonprofit.

I know many in DC are wondering where our government is when people like the Salahis can run around Washington like it’s the Wild West and do whatever they want to do without consequences. It’s not right. They are taking advantage of average trusting people who want to hang out with purported socialites, whom I think would be better characterized  as parasites.

It bothers me  much more when there is some bogus “charity” attached to the scam– because that adversely affects all of us, including legitimate charitable organizations. It annoys me that so many running nonprofits who are actually doing good things have been trouble raising funds since the recession in 2008, while Tareq and Michaele continue to swindle the public and use this money to line their pockets. Perhaps I am thinking like a sane and rational person, but if I were under investigation for charity fraud (and believe me, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Agriculture are still actively investigating America’s Cup of Polo and the Salahis), the last thing I would want is to be associated with some additional or continuing charity fraud.

Howard Cromwell, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of DC's MOST FABULOUS Magazine

I know that this couple has no modicum of common decency or sense. I just wish our government would take action against these people, as it’s really making it look like rules aren’t for them, and they can do whatever they wish. If it were you or I committing charity fraud, not paying $2.1 million in bills, and traipsing into a State Dinner, we’d be in the Federal Penitentiary.

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– Miss A

P.S. Click here to read Publisher of “DC’s Most Fabulous Magazine,” Howard Cromwell’s response to this post.


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