You seemed quite surprised when I answered, "No Sir, AMWAY," to your question "What group, the Christian Coalition?" I didn’t get to hear much of what your guest said to that, because the cell phone started fading at that point, but I believe he vindicated my answer. If you want a good starting point on how entrenched AMWAY is in the Republican Party’s leadership and agenda the link below is a good start. AMWAY is a PAC without portfolio and uses its so-called business mailing list and member’s personal communication equipment for its own political ends without reporting it to the Federal Elections Commission.
December 07,2004 – Former Amway insider, Eric Scheibeler, has written a must read new book called "Merchants Of Deception." This one time member of the Amway motivational cult has turned whistleblower and FBI witness and boy does he have some tales to tell.
In the book, Scheibeler exposes an Enron sized fraud with Amway raking In billions of dollars annually, and the billionaire founding families being the largest soft money contributors to the GOP, with funds that have been generated from what may turn out to be one of the largest consumer fraud scandals in history, perpetrated by the world’s largest multi-level marketing company (MLM).
The former Federal Auditor has also has a website, www.merchantsofdeception.com , that reveals the close ties between Amway and Republicans.
As a life long conservative, Scheibeler was discouraged to both discover and document that "the GOP seems to have been hijacked by political payoffs from an industry that is rife with consumer deception, and bogus ‘business opportunity’ selling." He goes on to say that it’s "time this secret influence peddling and the harm it causes consumers and our democracy are revealed. I was on the inside for nine years. I saw it with my own eyes. I also have the internal documents, financials, and the audio and video tapes to prove it."
Merchants of Deception exposes the company’s deceptive marketing of phony business opportunities and other secret scams by Amway’s top promoters to sell so-called success tools to unsuspecting recruits all over the world. It also contains first hand accounts of the Kingpin’s fraudulent recruitment practices that have led to an endless stream of lawsuits.
Scheibeler & Dateline Team Up In Sting Operation
In addition to writing a book and setting up a web site, Scheibeler provided key documentation for the May 7, 2004, NBC Dateline program that televised an expose of the secretive and illegal pyramid business run by Amway & Quixtar kingpins.
During its investigation, Dateline smuggled hidden cameras into recruitment meetings in order to document the company’s deceptive claims and promises, and to expose its multi-million dollar ‘secret’ business. The expose verified the common allegation made in numerous consumer lawsuits, that the company is merely a front for a hidden pyramid business based on selling books, tapes, and registrations to seminars and rallies to new recruits, with nearly all participants losing money.
According to Dateline, the FBI and the IRS are conducting investigations into the scheme.
Republicans Will Do Anything For A Buck
Amway’s billionaire founders, Rich DeVos and Jay VanAndel, have been the largest soft money contributors to the GOP on and off for the past 20 years. Together, DeVos and VanAndel gave $4,000,000 to a 527, just 45 days prior to the last election. And you can bet that they demand (and get) a bang for every red cent