Of all the television personalities out there on late night commercials and one-in-the-morning infomercials, Matthew Lesko has got to be the most entertaining. Because of his wild and hilarious sense of showmanship, and let’s be honest, his status as an infomercial personality, you’re probably wondering if he’s on the level, or just someone who’s figured out an amusing way to scam consumers.
We’re glad to report that, if you look at the evidence, Lesko is in the clear. It’s all sound and sensible advice. If you invest just an hour or so browsing through this book, you’re very likely to find a grant or loan that you’re free to apply for. Not everyone qualifies for everything, of course, and some won’t qualify for ANYTHING in the book. But if you don’t qualify for anything at all, then that’s probably because you’re already rich.
It may also be worth noting that Lesko actually drives around in that Riddler suit of his now and then when going about his business in his hometown, and, get this, drives a Lexus covered in yellow question marks, so… It’s difficult to accuse the “FREE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT!” guy to even be a “character” he plays, because… That’s really how he dresses a lot of the time.
There are some who have accused Lesko of cashing in on a form of plagiarism, which is a bit of an odd accusation. The Lesko business model is to research publicly available books and files on government grants and loans, and then collect all of the relevant information into a single volume. Lesko himself has admitted that he gets all his information for free.
But how is that any different from, say, a zoologist who wants to write a book all about hummingbirds, and then goes to the library to collect all of the information that’s already available on the species? Lesko puts all of that info into a smaller, digestible format which takes less time to read than doing the research all on your own.
Whatever those criticisms levied at Lesko, at the end of the day, the animated series The Venture Brothers said it best: Lesko helps people get free money from the government, so… He can’t be all bad, right? Whatever you may think of his wild attire, manic stage persona and crazy infomercials, the fact is that the information presented in his books is actually pretty solid.
If you’re curious about the whole “GET YOUR FREE MONEY FROM THE GOVERNMENT!” thing, check out the free gift at Matthew-Lesko.com and see what you think.