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J. D. Hayworth, Coming to an Infomercial Near You Soon



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It appears the Senate campaign of J. D. Hayworth has hit a bump in the road. A big one:

Republican Senate challenger J. D. Hayworth appeared in a 2007 television infomercial in which he helped convince viewers that they could rake in big bucks by attending seminars that would teach them how to apply for federal grants that they wouldn’t have to pay back.

National Grants Conferences, the Florida-based company that hosted the classes and produced the informercial, has faced criticism from multiple state attorneys general and Better Business Bureaus. Hayworth, a former Arizona congressman who is running against incumbent Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the Aug. 24 GOP primary, made the infomercial after losing his U.S. House seat in the 2006 election. References to his TV appearance on behalf of National Grants Conferences appear in his Wikipedia entry, on the Internet Movie Database and other places on the Web. But the footage was unavailable. Highlights of Hayworth’s appearance are now posted on YouTube.com at this link.

The infomercial promotes seminars that ostensibly instruct attendees how to get the “free money grants.” Tucson TV station KVOA did an investigation of National Grants Conferences that you can watch here. The TV station’s investigative team found that the workshops cost from $999 to $1,200 and federal government grants really aren’t even available to individuals.

Did I say bump? Maybe I meant ditch. Ten-car pile-up? Spontaneous campaign combustion?

Tackiness aside . . . just to clarify, a guy claiming to be a fiscal conservative appeared in an infomercial urging folks to go to the government for grants to “send your kids to the best schools, buy your first home, renovate your house, become an investor, build wealth, and plan for a happy, secure retirement!” Urgh.


Tags: J.D. Hayworth , John McCain


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