Ad for free gubmint money


I came across this ad (served by Google) for FREE GOVERNMENT MONEY. I can't wait to get my share!

Every year the government is required to give away free money to citizens and residents of the United States. Over $50 billion dollars is given away each year to individuals and businesses in the form of free grants. This free money can be used for almost any purpose - including to buy a house, start a business, pay for college, buy equipment, pay salaries, buy school supplies, get out of debt, buy clothing, pay for child camp, pay for music, art or education lessons, paying off your medical bills, pay for gas for your car, and anything else you desire.


  1. If you go through the process of going to the link, it gives you a series of other links supposedly to apply for these various grants – but they’re actually links to a social networking site called perfspot….

  2. Isn’t that sort of thing advertised by Matt Lesko, the guy who wears those suits with the question marks all over it, on those annoying infomercials?

  3. I heart references to “$(insert arbitrary value) DOLLARS” in ads. It really reinforces that the only thing that matters is the money. Not clarity, not avoiding redundancy–no, what matters is the $DOLLARS.

  4. Don’t laugh, really. My sister-in-law used to work for a Methodist hospital charity. They were required to give away a certain amount of money every year, no matter how. This was actually how they measured their effectiveness, by this sort of “anti-profit.” Because their whole reason for being was to wind up at the end of the year with nothing, wastefulness was an advancement strategy and they spared no expense to shove that money out the door. Funny how it never seemed to be available to cover all the needs of the truly desperate and destitute, but the charity was frantic to spend every dime or they wouldn’t get as much to waste next year. Truly. She finally left that insane asylum and I am happy to say she is a much better person for it.

  5. Isn’t that sort of thing advertised by Matt Lesko, the guy who wears those suits with the question marks all over it, on those annoying infomercials?

    That’s what I said. My original comment and all that followed from it seems to have disappeared. I guess that’s not what Mark wants us to talk about with this, or something? (It also totally freaks me out to have stuff that I know I did, disappear. It’s like that Star Trek: The Next Generation episode.)

  6. How plausible is this? Does anybody know anybody who wrote up a clever grant and received free money just to spend on paying off credit cards or going on vacation in Europe or whatever? I don’t feel like spending my own money on some bogus info advertised on a website.

  7. Zuzu@6: I accidentally posted this under Susie Bright’s name, so I deleted and reposted. As a result, all the comments got nuked. Sorry!

  8. Gah! I work for the Better Business Bureau ( and if I had a nickel for every phone call we get about these schemes and the fake ‘lottery’ checks from Canada, well, then *I* could retire tomorrow.

    Most of these are run by a loan company that asks you to pay them to be the middle man so they can ‘apply’ for a grant for you. *IF* they don’t take your money & run, they tell you “You did not qualify for that grant after all, but here’s a loan I can set you up with!”

    Even online – please check out the companies before you give them your money. It’ll save me a headache at work.


  9. Matthew Lesko has a warehouse in Rockville, MD where I guess he keeps his books that I don’t think ever sell. Everytime I pass by I hope he’s there so I can get an autograph from the closest thing to a real-life Riddler – come on, you know you dig his duds…

  10. @ #5: The US Military works that way too. Toward the end of the quarter, the soldiers have to go out to a range and pop off all their extra training ammo, Javelins, grenades, etc. so they get the same amount the next quarter. for reals. anyway, this what my bro the Marine told me.

  11. Okay, people. Go back and read “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”.

    There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.


    No Nigerian princes. No “Canadian” lottery money. No Spanish Prisoner (look it up). No free money from the USA (Unless you’re a Bank or a Car company. You’re not? Then you’re SOL. None. Nada. Nope. NO FREE MONEY.

    By which I don’t mean to say that there aren’t people, like the examples mentioned above who find ways to “creatively” throw money away to insure they’ll have more money to throw away next quarter.

    And that’s not to say that the rich, who are still rich, don’t have to invent ways to throw away their money, such as 150,000 dollar wrist watches, or 250,000 dollar cars, while making darn sure that not a penny of it trickles down to anybody who isn’t already rich. Spread the wealth around indeed.

  12. in “Canada” (love the quotes!) there are semi-professional artists (many are quite good at their art, others questionable) who are referred to as grant-epreneurs… they spend about a third of their energies getting ‘free’ money from various levels of govt. to make their art… the successful ones are sort of hated by the ones that can’t get at the money (it isn’t easy to win a grant at first, once you get one they keep coming) – I went to the list of receivers one year (to see who got something when my pitch was solid and beneficial to the community and I wasn’t awarded) and discovered such BS like I couldn’t believe (one woman got 1500$ for a piece that was supposed to involve holograms – as though that much money would even pay to start such a project!) the ‘art’ never surfaced and the person has gotten more money since for other “art”
    i think there’s a term for the spending of ALL funds to be sure you’ll need more… anyone know? – I’d say that subtle trick revealed/healed would alter economies on a fairly large scale

  13. Back in the early 70’s the chem lab at the state university I attended smashed piles of glassware at the end of the year to meet their breakage estimates. The logic was that if they didn’t use up their budget, they wouldn’t get the same level of funding the next year. They couldn’t give the glassware away to a needy school, and they couldn’t use the money for anything else – it had to be for actual breakage.

    Oh, and I have Matthew Lesko’s book. It’s actually quite good. I’ve never applied for a thing; I bought it to educate myself about government programs.

  14. Anonymous@11 A couple years back, I was walking through downtown Rockville and I saw Matt Lesko sitting in a bar, drinking a beer and reading a book WEARING HIS QUESTIONMARK SUIT. This guy is for real. Does he wear it all the time?

  15. There’s some legitimate information contained in things such as this. But there’s also some legitimate information in things like mythological fables.

    The overarching theme is false – you WANT to believe there’s free money (a lot of it), so you purchase said program. Like you WANT to believe Zeus exists, so you visit his temple. The truth is, there is some money, and it does get given away. Just like human emotions and actions can be explained by stories about gods (created by humans).

    Anyways, bad analogies aside: don’t “invest” in programs like this. A lot of information is freely available on the internet. If you are starting a project for yourself (art, business, whatever) check government grants FOR YOUR SPECIFIC AVENUE OF PROJECT. But look on the internet, not some blanket service that promises money. If you are looking for handouts, bailout style, look elsewhere.

  16. I used to work in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Matthew Lesko stood behind me in line for the ATM, and he was dressed in one of his question mark suits. I think it was the multicolored version. How many does he have?

    As for his book, I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard it’s actually a pretty good reference book to government programs. Too bad he sells it like a used car salesman with a meth problem.

  17. What’s totally awesome (to me) is that the image says they give out over $10 billion a month, yet the text says “$50 billion dollars is given away each year” – so which is it?

  18. #5 Speedwell sez, … My sister-in-law used to work for a Methodist hospital charity. They were required to give away a certain amount of money every year …

    This isn’t so weird as it sounds. Under American law, a charity has to donate 5% of it’s assets every year. For instance, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with about US34 billion in assets has to give away US$1.7 billion just this year alone. Talk about free money. If it fails to reach this 5% target, it loses it’s status as a charity, and the tax benefits.

    But what do I know about American laws. I’m not a lawyer, and I live on the opposite side of the planet. :)

    The total amount is not as outlandish as it first seems. Who knows. Maybe if you do manage to click through the forest of links in the link farm, there may actually be one or two real links to real charities, who actually do give out real money to deserving people. But it’ll be easier for you to just type “grant” into Google.

  19. went to highschool with matt lesko’s son. besides the suits, he also owned a car with a bad paint job of different color question marks all over it. I can’t remember for sure if there was another car with polka dots, it’s been almost 9 years.

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