The media, of course, has been pretty much silent on this.
All of this money (and Rush is also going to match that sum) will be going to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Fund.. For those unfamiliar, here's a little rundown from the MC-LEF's website:
The recent war in Iraq has certainly illuminated America’s commitment to freedom. We are reminded that freedom is not free. The price is great. No one knows that better than the left-behind sons and daughters of America’s fallen heroes.
Through the continuous support of our donors, we have distributed aid with a value of more than $29,000,000.00 to eligible children. This assistance was primarily rendered to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education. When a child of a United States Marine is afflicted with a physical or mental disability and requires special medical equipment or tutoring, our Foundation may grant financial assistance to that family if their personal insurance does not cover the complete cost of treatment for this child.
In addition to the regular program, our Foundation decided to support all American Forces and also Coalition Forces in the invasion of Iraq and taking of Baghdad from 3 March 2003 to 16 July 2003. In the past, the Foundation also included in our program the children who lost a parent from all agencies killed in the murderous attack on the Pentagon. We also decided to go back and give our bonds to children who lost a parent on the USS Cole; the children of the Air Force personnel killed at Khobar Towers; and, with great honor, the twelve children who lost their parent on the space shuttle Columbia disaster.
This assistance has had a positive, life-changing effect on many, many children. We are thankful for the commitment and support of our many members and volunteers. Because of their dedication, no administrative costs of any type are charged to our Foundation. One hundred percent of the donations received is used to fund programs for the children we serve.
The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation is certified as one of America's Best Charities by Independent Charities of America.
Harry Reid has been droning about how he's so proud to be part of this effort with Rush, even though they don't agree on much. Rush has asked Reid and the other senators to match that number, as well -- no response yet. Most of these senators are extremely wealthy, but I won't hold my breath for them to put their money where their mouth is.
In any case, over $4 million is unbelievable. Congratulations, Rush Limbaugh, and thanks to whoever it was that was able to make that unbelievable bid!!