Desperate Scientology Fundraising Caught on Video (UPDATED with more Video)

For the last week, the excellent journalists over at the St. Petersburg Times have outdone themselves with their best series on Scientology ever -- a look at the desperate fundraising by the church, which runs employees ragged and puts intense pressure on ordinary church members.

Naturally, the church has denied everything in the SP Times series, which is based on the recollections of members who recently left the organization.

Today, one of our many tipsters alerted us to the existence of this video, which gives us a chance to watch that desperate fundraising first hand. Let's see the church deny this.

Here's what we know about the video: It was taken at a New Year's Eve party just as 2011 was about to start. Some Taiwanese Scientologists are having their own celebration at "Flag," Scientology's name for the church's spiritual headquarters complex in Clearwater, Florida.

Nearing midnight, in wanders Harvey Jacques, Captain FSO of Clearwater. As the Flag Service Officer, Jacques is one of the highest-ranking executives for the complex, and as he explains to the people at the party he has crashed, he has a problem.

As the SP Times stories have been demonstrating, executives like Jacques are given huge quotas in fundraising. Here, in the video, Jacques is quite honest about it: He has been charged with singlehandedly raising $5 million for the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) in the last two weeks of 2010. Now, with minutes left in the year, he still has $8,000 to raise.

"I can't find it!" he tells the room. "I looked through the door, and I thought, thank God for Taiwan!"

He then works the room, trying to get enough people to fork over the money.

It's an interesting glimpse that totally backs up what Tom Tobin and Joe Childs have been writing.

We're told that this video surfaced earlier this year, but then was yanked down. It was then passed to some Italian Scientology watchers who added Italian subtitles.

Watch and learn how Scientology asks for money, even with minutes left in the year.


UPDATE: Watch as Harvey Jacques gets his last $2,000 in time. Over at WWP, they found that these videos had been uploaded there on January 3, taken down, and then put right back up. Here's the one that shows what ensues after the video we showed above as Jacques gets his final 2 grand...


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83 comments
Brainslugged
Brainslugged

Worst. New Years Eve. Ever.

tamsonsbairn
tamsonsbairn

WHOA, WTF, What on earth are these people doing celebrating our new year, I thought they had their own new year in January/February, (not too sure.) No doubt they all got rigged again when it did come round.  :-]

Jgg
Jgg

  Do a google search of "Dianazene" and then explain to me how Co$ is anti-drug.  Also, explain to me how running electricity through a person's body (e-meter auditing)  is any better than mild doses of medication.

A.
A.

I bet the cult employs shills to make it seem like just about everyone else in the room is an enthusiastic Kool-Aid drinker. A lot of scams operate that way - legal or not. Parties are always an effective method, getting people half-drunk can do wonders for separating them from their money.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

It's pretty sad when Tom Cruise's adopted son (new name) DJ C-Squared, gets more media coverage than the SP Times series.

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Yep. Got his blood money and walked out. You'd think he'd stay a little while and mingle?

CofS Exit Zone
CofS Exit Zone

That manic joy in the 2nd video is just too freaky. I can't help but wonder how many of those exuberant women were equally happy to be leaving Flag afterwards. Hopefully, at least a few.

MarkStark
MarkStark

When I first started reading about Scientology, I thought it must attract masochists, people who want to be punished. I abandoned that notion as I read more. The disconnect for me is in hearing Hubbard speak, or reading the texts, and then seeing people parted with their money so easily. I guess people feel ecstatic about reaching a goal. In ways large and small, Scientology conditions people to reach for various goals,  to complete something -- touch that wall -- and they feel accomplished about fund raising too. This is one of the few things they do together.

There is no communal prayer, song (except for fund raising) or meditation. They get to share wins, and clap clap clap for someone who gives a big gift, and that is their communal ritual. Unlike group therapy, where members become all too aware of the problems and shortcomings of others, Scientology allows the individuals in the group to indulge in idealized fantasies about each other, and the group as a whole. They are saving the planet and this sector of the galaxy, and are the only ones who know. They are all expanding their space.

First they are going to get help, and then they learn to help others.

Because Scientology is an individual thing, except the drills done with one other person, they may be starved for the community and communal ritual that is the basis for other religions. This is the only way they can get the love and approval.

The SP Times series on Money and this kind of exposure is important. People need to draw back and see what is really going on. Hopefully, one of these ladies will see this video up on the web, or someone who has been in a similar situation.

Yeppir
Yeppir

MarkStark - great post. "Wins" and clapping for donations, so dead on. To me, the emptiness of that is blinding.

But it is interesting to read many ex-$cios say that what they miss are their friends and their "community." Shared misery, perhaps? A common goal, no matter how misguided? (I mean come on folks, do you really think you're "saving the planet" with this tripe?)

Anyway, a common refrain I hear from many exes is their mourning the loss of their "community."

MarkStark
MarkStark

Sometimes I forget about that, but in Clearwater and LA especially the business network is pretty strong, and reason enough to stick with it. That's encouraging to hear your children are out.

Old Timer
Old Timer

For me, the two hardest parts of leaving the community were: a) I had family members (including two children, and later, a grandchild) and musician friends whom I knew would have nothing more to do with me once they learned I was no longer interested in "going up the bridge', and b) since I had been a member for so long, my business clientele consisted almost entirely of Scientologists. Leaving Scientology was professional suicide because it meant completely losing my income base -- a tax preparation business in which I made $200/hr. Personal integrity demanded that I not be a part of the fraud and abuse that is Scientology. Happily, both of my children are out now. And while I don't make the money I used to, at least I have more because I don't have the constant demands to hand it over to the greedy cult.  :)

MarkStark
MarkStark

I think they miss the shared dream. Their goal turned into a dream, from which they awoke. For Paul Haggis, all these people whom he thought were friends, turned on him in an instant, when they saw he no longer had the dream.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Blatant!  Pure and simple.  No pretense now.  No smoke & mirrors.  No misdirection.   Just plain, down home, Wall Streetesqe greed.  Gorden Gekko would have been a member...

Valiant
Valiant

Charlatans, huxsters, fraudsters... no better.  What a rampant illustration of exactly what the SPT series was exposing.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I must share with you all the response to this article that I received from Mark Miglio via e-mail:

Tony, your Taiwan video shows the dedication of Scientologists-------that even at a New Year's celebration we took time out to raise money for what is really important.

Yeppir
Yeppir

They really do think that is what is important. That is simply repulsive.

JustCallMeMary
JustCallMeMary

Mark Miglio, like all Scientology operatives and staff, fails to mention that the whole purpose of the New Years Event is to raise more money. Been going on for many, many years now.

I remember being at NY Org for what would be my last church New Years Eve Event, many years ago, realizing that this was no party at all and that my New Years Eve spirit was all but dead because of these high pressure "events".  By the time they let people leave the building, the real party out in Times Square was practically over.

Besides using this event for money raising, it was also pushed as a 'bring a friend to the org' opportunity. I learned quickly not to ever do that again, too.

MarkStark
MarkStark

The cult's holiday slogan: "When you care enough to reg pretty much anyone." They really should have their own Scilon holidays for it. Empty Bank Account Day. Max Out Credit Day.

TEoS
TEoS

Miglio is obviously as deluded and gullible as the poor suckers featured in the videos.

Endscientologynow
Endscientologynow

Why are our two favorite Scilon trolls sending you emails and not posting here?  ARE THEY AFRAID of something, or are they just reading too much entheta here and their OSA handlers sending emails instead?  

Yawn.  Give us something to chew on, Miglio & Marcotai.  Your lack of posts here are seriously downstat.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

I suspect they don't want to tangle with me—I've got more time on my hands than they do and my rice and beans are much better.

Scientology wants the public perception that they are doing good. Problem is, thanks to what the CO$ does as a matter of day-to-day business, any exposure of what they do will result in acts of panic and desperation from the cult. When the CO$ sends out a Mark or Marco here, for each of their posts, there's ten blasts of Big-Time Entheta from us. And we will point out the obvious, we will point out that their horribly written defenses of their indefensible cult simply don't make any sense. In other words, posting here turns out to be very bad PR for the cult.

So keep posting boys, we're waiting.

Old Timer
Old Timer

To Mark Miglio: He took time out because he had a quota to meet. I'm sure he would rather have been partying rather than dealing with an artificial problem.

DMSTCC
DMSTCC

And what was Mark doing on this New Year's Eve? 

bobx
bobx

Where's marcotai?

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Just checked, he's over at SP Times talking to his sock puppet.

TrueScientol
TrueScientol

I really liked the video.   It was very spiritual.  It really put me in the mood to be more spiritual and go withdraw my retirement fund. I also thought it would be more spiritual if I donated my childrens tuition funds.   They don't really need education anyway.  

UncleGrandfather
UncleGrandfather

Translated:"...that even at a New Year's celebration we took the time to squeeze a few bucks off of parishioners for our brand new shiny building." 

Synthia Elizabeth Fagen
Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

If they are all so winning and out there fighting the good fight for the rest of mankind - if they are so busy, staying up morning, noon and night - going days on end with no sleep to salvage this sector of the universe - if they have all the answers to everything that has plagued man since time immemorial and are really getting the job done then why the hell do they even care what a small handful of people (relatively speaking in the whole grand scheme of things) has to say about their "religion"?

Why do they bother, then, to come here and spew and write Tony emails, etc.?

The future of the planet is at stake and I, quite frankly, am dismayed and disappointed that Mark is taking his hand off the wheel to comment here. We could all be burnt cinders by tomorrow. Please Mark, get back to work.

Jgg
Jgg

  For the same reason LRH flunked physics, Karin Pouw contradicted herself and Tommy Davis let someone tape record him admitting to disconnection.

MarkStark
MarkStark

That also brings up the question, if Scientology is going to salvage this sector of the Universe, who or what is going to save all the other sectors of the Universe? Let's face it, Sciloontology is an awfully narrow and sector-centric applied religious philosophy. It probably won't even work where the streets, houses or creatures look a little different.

Should I start my own religion, with donation levels that start at 1 billion, to save all those other sectors?

I've got a lot of sectors to save. I don't think I can do it without a trillion dollars. I think I'll start with the fund raising because the thought of having to write a best selling book, or time/space travel fending off all manner of evil galactic overlords and psychs just gives me a headache.

As you may have guessed, like Hubbard, I'm not of this planet. I'm not even of this sector of the galaxy. My real name is Fred. I'm Xenu's cousin. Xenu dropped me off here as kind of a joke. Xenu isn't such a bad fella. He just likes volcanoes and blowin' things up. This is factual.

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Put more simply—we can never really know just how much we cannot know. The multiverse is infinite, anything can happen. I'll even bet that there's a universe where everything L. Ron Hubbard said is true.

We don't live in that one.

Synthia Elizabeth Fagen
Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

'Let's face it, Sciloontology is an awfully narrow and sector-centric applied religious philosophy'

LMAO.................

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

True!  And they are very busy at Tampabay (dot) com, posting comments there.  What better way to spend time in the RPF than typing out the drivel they post.  

Well, they have a captive workforce, anyway.

Geust
Geust

One thing is obvious to me, and it is direct opposed to my own beliefs:

Scientology has no respect for peace of mind.

Not for their selves, not for others.

None.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

And Mark thinks he's making a point *for* them???? :shaking my head:: They really don't know what they sound like to people outside their way of life. It's like the mafia as presented in Scorsese's "Goodfellas"—they can only talk with and understand each other. 

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Marco—"You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny? "

Us—"Yes, your're a freakin' clown. That is precisely how you amuse us"

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Baaaaaaawwwwwaaaa! That's typical!

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

You notice he got a call on his cell phone. Bet one of the upper regs/begs asked, "Did you get the $8,000 yet?"

Way to go Tony! Keep exposing these:

LIEING,

GREEDY,

CREEPY,

Beggers!

I hope there are Anons in Taiwan?

sizzle8
sizzle8

Gross!

MissCabbage
MissCabbage

True, and these creeps claim to be the most ethical beings in the universe!Sickening.  What is really sad is this is just an sample of the rip-off.  There are MANY more which were not recorded.  

Dan Courtney
Dan Courtney

The higher the tension, the more the laughter. It's not so much they're having a good time, as it is a way of covering up the feeling of embarrassment that comes from intense social pressure.  What is so sad is that these poor people are going to need help someday because they are giving away retirement funds and college savings. Where will Scientology be then?

MarkStark
MarkStark

Agreed. I think the translator lady just wanted to make the best out of what was an uncomfortable situation. Here at home, just watching this, I would have freaked if they started forking over thousands. First, Brian Culkin, now this. Boy, I'm so glad the SP Times did this series, and for Tony too.

candace6
candace6

This was really uncomfortable to watch.  Religion my ass.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Agreed—like watching a train wreck. I couldn't finish it. As to religion—I was around when we had to start naming everything in religious terms. Orgs became churches, policy became canon, members became parishioners. When I joined the Sea Org in 1970, I joined an "applied religious philosophy." In those days, they were insisting they were NOT a religion. And the wheel turns.

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

Well yes dear, and back then women also stayed at home and had babies so what are you really saying? Are you saying that you hate men? Or do you just hate Scientology?

Jgg
Jgg

  Sounds like you "love thy neighbor" Kate, just like that alien implant religion.  And had you gotten to OT VIII, you would have known that Co$ is very much in opposition to that religion.

Jgg
Jgg

  Doesn't she also have to fly a plane into a skyscraper, or am I getting bogus religions mixed up?

Jgg
Jgg

  I think he meant that we wogs didn't have forced abortions and could rebel against authority. 

robinlandseadel
robinlandseadel

Blessed are the stupid for they shall never know what hit them.

Guest
Guest

Then you will walk in the Grace of Xenu.  Your soul will be filled with peace, and you won't have earthly distractions from your abiding in serenity (because you won't own anything anymore).  Your daily meditations will be more profound (and mostly concerned about your ruined finances).  

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

Kate, I just spoke to the IJC on your behalf. You can get back into the Church of Scientology's good graces if you complete nine simple cycles of action:

1. Pay your $971,000 freeloader bill.2, Do A-E3. Wander into some government offices for us when no one is working in them in search of certain files that are full of SP lies about COB and his expenditures of IAS monies. Make copies of these files using the xerox machine in the office. Bring your own copier paper so that you are not accused of stealing government copier paper. 4. Donate $40,000 to the Super Power Project5. Donate $50,000 to your local Ideal Org campaign6. Do a 100,000 word write up on how Psychiatry has harmed you7. Write and produce a video about what a wonderful privilege it is to work in the Sea Org8. Donate for ten sets of the Basics9. Confidentially advise a public at CC In -- and this fellow is a very, very, very famous actor -- about how he can undergo SRS and still be an OT as long as he keeps generously donating to the IAS and does not actually expect us to audit him.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Really? You thought better of me? You in the OSA thought better of little old SP 1.1 pervy me? Awwwww, that is SO sweet. I almost wanna get back in your good graces. Almost, but not quite. kiss kiss, your everlovin' Auntie Kate

OTVIIIisGrrr8!
OTVIIIisGrrr8!

Kate, yes we in OSA Int are talking to you. We want to know why you hate Scientology so much that you have become connected to Tony Ortega, the man who is the tabloid Che Guevara of Psychiatry. We had thought better of you until we saw you show up in this Marcab snake pit.

SP ' Onage
SP ' Onage

My bad too. I thought he was OSA? After reading the culties comments at SP Times, it kinda' makes one defensive. Haha!

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Heh—seems to have been my misunderstanding. Yup, used to be a Scientologist, and I love most anyone regardless of gender cuz thetans *have* no gender. kiss kiss, Auntie K

SP 'Onage
SP 'Onage

Huh? Aunty Kate loves men and use to be a Scientologist. Right Kate?

Kate, luvs ya! Saw your youtube video. ;-)

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Thank you thank you thank you, Valiant. Sorry, Irvine—didn't spot the sarcasm. Sigh.

Valiant
Valiant

 He's being sarcastic, Kate.  It just didn't come off that way. He's on our side.

Kate Bornstein
Kate Bornstein

Ummm, at risk of following a Scorsese trail.... are you talkin' to me? Did my browser make a mistake by saying you're replying to me? Whatever did I say that made you say that? I'm genuinely curious. Dear.

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