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J.D. Hayworth, infomercial pitchman


Republican J.D. Hayworth, who is challenging Sen. John McCain in Arizona's GOP Senate primary, encouraged viewers to attend seminars that would teach them how to apply for "free money" federal grants in a 2007 infomercial.

Per Talking Points Memo, "In 2007, shortly after Hayworth lost his re-election battle in 2006, Hayworth appeared in a half-hour infomercial for the National Grants Conferences, a program set up by a company called Proven Methods Seminars, which advertises itself as running seminars in which people can find out how to get grant money from the federal government -- which the infomercial's on-screen text pitched as being 'FREE MONEY' in quotes."

Hayworth campaign spokesman Mark Sanders told the Arizona Republic that the former Congressman "did a couple of commercials" for the company and "hasn't had any relationship with them that has continued since then." Sanders also pointed out that John McCain accepted $9,400 from National Grants Conference's boss during his presidential campaign.

Per the Arizona Republic, National Grants Conferences was criticized in 2007 for "deceptive advertising" by 32 state attorney generals.
*** UPDATE *** McCain spokesman Brian Rogers responds to the Hayworth spokesman: "We actually donated the money to charity as soon as we found out about it. Sen. McCain had more than 1.5 million donors and raised $400 million in 2008. Let's be clear: JD Hayworth lent his name and the his credibility as a former Member of the U.S. Congress to help an obvious rip-off scam. Sen. McCain never did. There's no comparison to be made here."