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July 29, 2010 The Hon. John Shimkus 221 East Broadway, Suite 102 Centralia, IL 62801 Dear Congressman Shimkus, I’m reporting a story about whether or not millions of federal dollars – funding the recipient says you helped arrange – were properly administered. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided $3,335,578 in funding to the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), a Chicago area 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose charter was to provide first aid training to schoolchildren. CDC records show that this funding continued through at least mid-year 2007. According to an October 2004 SALF newsletter and other records, you helped to arrange that funding: We can't forget those Illinois Congressional Delegates; Speaker Dennis Hastert, 14th Dist., Congressmen John Shimkus 9th Dist., Mark Kirk 10th Dist., Tim Johnson, 15th Dist. and Jerry Weller 11th Dist., who awarded SALF appropriations through Centers for Disease Control. Without them, SALF wouldn't have been able to meet its growing challenges, and tens of thousands of district children would not be afforded their God given right of knowing how to save the life of a loved one. Contrary to SALF’s claim that they provided first aid training to “tens of thousands” of Illinois children, after reviewing thousands of pages of public documents, it appears that from its founding in 1993 to 2009, when the foundation shut its doors after being the focus of critical media reports, SALF may have provided training to only a few hundred people in your state. Those media reports raised serious concerns about a number of claims made by SALF and its founder/president, Carol J. Spizzirri. For example, The Maneuver by Chuck Goudie, ABC7 Chicago I-Team, November 17, 2006: One of Illinois' highest profile charities teaches the Heimlich maneuver to children while maneuvering the truth to get money from government and big business. It's called the Save-A-Life Foundation and is known across Illinois as


an organization that teaches schoolchildren how to respond in emergencies. For the past few years, Save-A-Life has received millions of dollars in government funds and corporate donations. An ABC7 I-Team investigation has uncovered a series of misleading claims and deceptive credentials that raise doubts about Save-A-Life's integrity, funding and training. Save-A-Life officials say they have taught the Heimlich maneuver and other first aid techniques to more than 1 million schoolchildren since 1995. They claim to have taught nearly 70,000 children how to save a life in the Chicago Public Schools this year alone…(But Chicago) Schools CEO Arne Duncan says it seems unlikely that Carol Spizzirri's organization could have taught the number of students they claim. From the same broadcast: Spizzirri is the matriarch of the Save-A-Life Foundation, based in west suburban Schiller Park, and she has captured the attention -- and the funding -- of those who hold government purse strings. For nearly 15 years, to mayors and members of congress, she has represented herself as trained, registered nurse. Spizzirri says she got her nursing degree in Wisconsin. Currently, Save-A-Life's website and her bio claim, not only that she is an RN, but that she specializes in kidney transplants…According to state officials, the now-defunct Wisconsin college where Spizzirri claims to have received a nursing degree never awarded her a degree of any kind, and government records show she has never been registered as a nurse in either Wisconsin, as she told the I-Team she was, or in Illinois…Officials at the Milwaukee hospital where she claims to have been a transplant nurse say she had a paid job for a couple of years, as a patient care assistant akin to a candy striper. This is pertinent because in an April 13, 2004 application for a million dollar earmark – funding that was approved by the CDC two months later - next to Spizzirri’s signature under the category labeled “highest degree obtained” are the initials RN and BS, clearly portraying her as a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree. In an April 13, 2004 letter signed by Spizzirri that accompanied that funding application, she wrote: Since 1997 SALF has trained nearly 1 million children in Illinois. No doubt such an undertaking would require hundreds if not thousands of classes taught by scores of first aid trainers. That’s the information I’m asking you to help me verify. Would you please take steps to provide me with a list of when and where those classes took place and the names of the trainers?


In order to obtain the information, you may wish to contact SALF’s most recent board of directors: Carol Spizzirri, Rita Mullins, John Donleavy, and Douglas R. Browne. Their addresses are listed on SALF's 2009 Annual Report filed with the Illinois Secretary of State's Business Services Department that is posted online – please click here. For the organization’s financial records, especially how the CDC funds were administered, Mr. Browne should be able to provide considerable assistance. In addition to working as SALF’s corporate treasurer since 2004, he is a career employee at the CDC in Atlanta. According to a January 3, 2007 letter approving Browne to serve on SALF’s advisory board, he works as a Management Official at the CDC’s National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. Thank you for any help and I’d greatly appreciate a reply in the next few days advising whether or not you intend to attempt to obtain the training records I’ve requested. For more information, you may wish to review my previous reports about the Save-ALife Foundation, copied below my signature. Sincerely, Lee Cary Writer for the American Thinker & Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism (972)REDACTED

Cc: Chuck Goudie, ABC7 Chicago

The Save-A-Life Foundation Story: A Study in the Chicago Way, American Thinker, June 9, 2010 The Chicago Politician (Rep. Jan Schakowsky), the Discredited Non-Profit and a Mystery Earmark, Big Government, June 25, 2010 More Questions About Rep. Schakowsky's Mystery Earmark, Big Government, July 12, 2010 The Cook County Jail Inmate the Chicago Papers Are Working Hard to Forget, Big Journalism, July 12, 2010 The Save A Life Foundation Story: Featuring $850K in Unreported Government Grants, American Thinker, July 26, 2010


media inquiry - resent
Lee Cary <> To: Steven, Haven't heard back from you. What's up? Lee Cary Sent via e-mail on 28 July and faxed to: (618)532-1896 The Hon. John Shimkus 221 East Broadway, Suite 102 Centralia, IL 62801 Dear Congressman Shimkus, Please find attached a media inquiry dated July 29, 2010. I'd gratefully appreciate confirmation of receipt. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to your reply. Sincerely, Lee Cary Writer for the American Thinker & Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism (972)345Cc: Chuck Goudie, ABC7 Chicago 7-29-10_LCary-SALF+CDC-3mil_JShimkus.pdf 32K Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM

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