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Look up Matthew Lesko in Google and you'll find his many websites and a number of forums listing complaints about his misleading advertising. But who IS Matthew Lesko?
Matthew Lesko (born 1943) is an American author and late-night
television personality who has made a living telling people about how to get
"free" money from the United States Government. He is popularly known as
"that question mark guy" for the Riddler-like suit that he wears in his
television commercials, infomercials, and interviews.
Lesko lives in Kensington, Maryland with his wife Wendy Schaetzel Lesko and their two sons, Max and Morgan. He grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Lesko received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, then went to Vietnam as a navigator for the U.S. Navy. When Lesko returned he earned a master's degree in computer science from American University in Washington D.C.. He has claimed to be a columnist for
The New York Times and to have researched government grants for over 25 years.
Lesko is best known for his wardrobe, specifically his colorful suit decorated with question marks. Lesko's appearances, hawking a chance at government grant money wearing the flamboyant outfit, has been described by one commentator as "a libertarian fashion designer's nightmare".
Matthew Lesko's company, Information USA, publishes several "reference" books including:
All of his books contain information about how to get "free" money from the United States Government. We don't recommend ANY of them, and therefore have no links to them.
Thanks to Lesko's bizarre and obnoxious advertisements, a number of interviewers and programs focus on his odd personality; asking him no tough questions about his business practices. "Do you wear a question mark suit ALL of the time?"