Beware of Fundraising in the Sheriff Election

Everyone has Facebook and now it seems the local Randolph County Sheriff’s race is using Facebook for fundraising.

I saw on my Facebook page a supporter for Seabolt for Sheriff had posted he was selling tickets to win a 9mm, Smith & Wesson MP Shield. The post was “Ok, I got 3 gun raffle tickets left and looking for an owner for them. Drawing is Friday. If you win , you will be the owner of a Smith &Wesson MP Shield 9mm….”

After an exchange of post and the question was asked what is the benefit for was it told it was for Greg Seabolt.

Greg Seabolt is running for Sheriff in the local election against the current Sheriff Robert Graves.

This is only one supporter that I saw posting the raffle for the gun, but it would appear he wasn’t going to tell that the money was going to Greg Seabolt until he was asked. I would hope the tickets would have what the money is going to so people would know that they were giving money to Seabolt. This may have just been a mistake on his part or it could have been intentional, only he knows.

If this was intentional, this tactic is a little deceitful in my opinion to try to get you to buy something with the money going toward an election candidate and you wouldn’t know it until you actually saw the ticket.

The supporter should have disclosed up front on his post what the money that was being raised was going to. Every fundraiser that I can remember always explains up front how the money will be used.

It’s even possible the money could be going to Seabolt for medical expenses or any number of other reasons. Whatever is the reason, it needs to be disclosed in the very beginning without having to be asked.

So, what does this mean to everyone? If you do not know where your money is going in any fundraiser you should ask. You should always know where your money is going and what cause it will be applied to.

Just to have a total disclosure, I am supporting the current Sheriff Robert Graves in this upcoming Republican primary election.

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.

 

Rumors have it…

If you want to know the newest and in most cases the oldest rumors floating around, go to your social media blog. Yep, it is simply amazing how many rumors just take on a life of their own.

People do not care anymore if they are telling the truth or if they are telling a lie. My friends, if you pass along a lie, it is a lie coming from you. Should I repeat this?

I would hope that all of us were taught to not tell lies and I know I try my best to make sure what I post is not a lie but is the truth on my social media accounts. However, I also know that I can make a mistake and post something that is not true. If I do, I hope my friends on that account will tell me so I can remove it.

This article is to those folks that are constantly posting without checking the facts. Oh, I know, it is a feel-good thing. “Pray for this girl, she has been missing and the worst is feared…” Oh, you didn’t check it out, she was missing 5 years ago, and found dead two days later… REALLY!

Some are just outright lies, there is no truth in them and we still post them, no matter how unbelievable they seem to be. “A hole is found in the ocean and the sea will dry up in 10,000 years” Ha, even if it was true, I promise you it would not affect me when I hit my 10,062-year-old birthday…

Snopes.com
Image was obtained from a google search. snopes.com

I use snopes.com to try to verify my post before I post them. I have found it to be reliable and it is simple to use. There may be others but this one is my choice.

Let’s all clean up our own back yards and stop the rumors we post and that others post. If you see something and want to repost it, check it out and make sure it is factual based and true. If it is, go for it and post it.

If it is not true, post the link of the information that backs up your findings on the original post you found it on and call it what it is, outdated, not true, not factual, etc.

Look at the source of who the original post was. As an example, an article from a mainstream news group is probably okay. One that is from lies4news, well may be questionable.

Here is just a couple of post I found today on snopes.com:

Did an NFL Player Burn an American Flag in a Locker Room? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/nfl-player-burned-american-flag-in-locker-room/

Is the Mississippi River Going Dry? – NOT TRUE – http://www.snopes.com/mississippi-river-going-dry/

The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.