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This One Weird Trick Will Not Help You Get Elected President: Mike Huckabee's "Free" DVDs

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A New York Times report Monday raised concerns about former Gov. Mike Huckabee's business practices. Some of the examples listed in the report were a medically-questionable "diabetes cure" he peddled and ads on his email list telling people to hoard food.

These methods aren't the only way Huckabee has made money since leaving office. Huckabee promotes "FREE" DVD programs that have recurring charges hidden away in the fine print. Huckabee promoted the programs on his popular Fox News show and on his Facebook page. The programs are made by the company Learn Our History, which Huckabee co-founded. The company is part of EverBright Media

BuzzFeed News previously reported that Huckabee repeatedly pushed an ad to his email list for a secret biblical cancer cure, sent out with the subject line: "Why is THIS Bible verse changing atheists' minds?" (Huckabee has not responded to voicemails left on his phone or emails to an email address associated with him).

Other emails have subject lines like "Revealed! The one thing that could take down Obama… Finally," and "Obama's FDA cover-up could cost you your life." The ads carry a disclaimer that it might not reflect Huckabee's views but the ads are sent out by him.

The terms and conditions, buried at the bottom of the page in scrolling format, note you'll be charged just under $20 a month for new episodes. A Google search shows various complaints about this every time he posts on his Facebook page.

Via rulesoftheroadorders.com

WITH THIS SPECIAL OFFER, YOU’LL RECEIVE A FREE DVD ALONG WITH FREE ONLINE STREAMING OF THE EPISODE AND FREE DOWNLOADABLE LEARNING GUIDES. YOU JUST PAY $1.00 FOR SHIPPING AND PROCESSING OF YOUR FREE DVD. THEREAFTER, WE WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL, AROUND ONCE A MONTH, LETTING YOU KNOW WHEN THE NEXT EPISODE IN THE SERIES IS SCHEDULED TO SHIP (EACH, A “SHIPPING NOTICE”). YOU MAY “OPT-OUT” OF RECEIVING SUCH SHIPPING NOTICES, AT YOUR DISCRETION; AND THEREAFTER, WE SHALL STOP SENDING YOU SUCH SHIPPING NOTICES UNLESS AND UNTIL YOU INSTRUCT US OTHERWISE IN WRITING.

IF, AFTER YOU RECEIVE YOUR FIRST EPISODE, YOU WOULD LIKE TO KEEP RECEIVING EPISODES, THERE’S NOTHING FOR YOU TO DO. YOU’LL RECEIVE A NEW EPISODE AROUND ONCE A MONTH FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $14.95 PLUS $4.95 S&P PER EPISODE, BILLED CONVENIENTLY TO YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD ON FILE, UNTIL YOU CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION, OR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS EXHAUSTED.

ALONG WITH EACH DVD, YOU’LL ALSO RECEIVE FREE STREAMING ACCESS TO THE APPLICABLE EPISODE ON THE RULES OF THE ROAD WEBSITE. PLUS, YOU’LL HAVE ACCESS TO FREE ONLINE LEARNING GUIDES FOR THAT EPISODE. YOU WILL RETAIN ACCESS TO THE RULES OF THE ROAD MEMBER WEBSITE WHILE YOUR ACCOUNT IS ACTIVE.

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO RECEIVE ANY INDIVIDUAL EPISODE, YOU’LL HAVE AT LEAST 10 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE APPLICABLE SHIPPING NOTICE TO CALL 888-317-1558 AND LET US KNOW THAT YOU DO NOT WANT THE EPISODE OFFERED. IF WE TIMELY RECEIVE SUCH CALL, THAT EPISODE WILL NOT BE SHIPPED, AND YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD WILL NOT BE CHARGED. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT REFUSING AN INDIVIDUAL EPISODE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A CANCELLATION OF YOUR ENTIRE SUBSCRIPTION. HOWEVER, YOU MAY CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AT ANY TIME SIMPLY BY CALLING US AT THE NUMBER ABOVE AND REQUESTING A CANCELLATION. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT UNLESS YOU CALL US TO CANCEL, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO RECEIVE A NEW EPISODE, COMPLETE WITH FREE STREAMING AND ACCESS TO THE ONLINE LEARNING GUIDES, AROUND ONCE A MONTH UNTIL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION IS EXHAUSTED.

SPECIAL OFFERS AS A SUBSCRIBER YOU MAY ALSO RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES TO PURCHASE SPECIAL PRODUCTS RELATED TO THE PROGRAM, AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH ADVANCE NOTICE OF THESE SPECIAL OFFERINGS WITH FULL DESCRIPTIONS, PRICING AND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO NOTIFY US IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE SUCH NOTICES.

ADDITIONAL TERMS SHIPPING AND PROCESSING COVERS ALL COSTS AND SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH PACKAGING AND DELIVERING YOUR FREE DVD, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LABOR, MATERIALS AND POSTAGE.

SALES TAX WILL BE ADDED FOR SALES TO FL, GA, AND IL, AND ANY OTHER STATES WHERE SALES TAX IS OR BECOMES APPLICABLE.

BY PLACING AN ORDER, YOU ALSO AGREE TO THE RULES OF THE ROAD CLUB’S GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND PRIVACY POLICY, COPIES OF WHICH ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.RULESOFTHEROADFORKIDS.COM.

IF YOU ARE NOT 100% SATISFIED, YOU MAY RETURN YOUR EPISODE(S) WITHIN 90 DAYS AFTER THEIR RESPECTIVE SHIPPING DATE(S), AND RECEIVE A FULL REFUND OF THE PURCHASE PRICE FOR THOSE EPISODE(S) (EXCLUSIVE OF S&P), WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. ANY SUCH RETURNS MUST BE ADDRESSED TO THE ADDRESS PRINTED ON THE EPISODE’S PACKAGING.

ALL PRODUCT OFFERS ARE GOOD WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, AND MAY BE WITHDRAWN AT ANY TIME.

PRICES ARE NOT GUARANTEED AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. AVAILABLE TO NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. ALL ORDERS ARE SUBJECT TO OUR APPROVAL.

After I completed my order, I was prompted to purchase two more DVDs. I then called to un-enroll, but before I was allowed to cancel, I was offered to have the price lowered to $9.95 and have shipments one every two months or three months.

The website, "Rules of the Road," was one of many registered by "Learn Our History LLC" and co-founder Bradley Saft. Huckabee had Saft on his Fox News show in 2011.

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Mike Huckabee and his spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Bradley Saft told BuzzFeed News, "some of our products, like many in today's economy, are offered on a subscription basis," and that the language about a free DVD being subscription product is clear.

Thanks for reaching out. Learn Our History is a private company and we do not comment on our finances. However, Governor Huckabee is a co-founder of our company and we are very appreciative for his dedication and commitment to teaching children the incredible story of our nation's history.

Some of our products, like many in today's economy, are offered on a subscription basis. These days consumers love subscriptions—diapers, clothes, toys and more. Anytime we promote our products with a special subscription offer, we include language so consumers know it is a subscription product, but there is no commitment to purchase anything in the future. For those who wish to no longer receive the product we make it easy for them to opt out—but that rarely happens. We also stand behind our money-back guarantee that kids will learn and have fun with all of our products.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

Megan Apper is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Megan Apper at megan.apper@buzzfeed.com.

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