Americans for Law Enforcement PAC and Alliance Marketing LLC entered an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with the Oregon Department of Justice for alleged unlawful telephone solicitations in Oregon in violation of Oregon’s Do-Not-Call Statute, as well as alleged false and misleading statements during solicitations to Oregon residents. Oregon’s Do-Not-Call law prohibits charitable calls to anyone on the federal do not call list unless the person called has made a prior donation or previously expressed an interest to the organization in donating. The statute plugs the hole in the federal Do-Not-Call law in that the federal law does not apply to charitable calls. Continue reading “Oregon: Americans for Law Enforcement PAC and Alliance Marketing LLC Enter AVC”
Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed Citizens United’s lawsuit against New York State’s law that requires disclosure to the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau of the largest donors to non-profits: Continue reading “New York Attorney General Statement On Decision In Citizens United v. Schneiderman”
Charity falsely represented that donations would help local vets ~
In an effort to combat deceptive charities that target Virginians supporting veterans, Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois charity that falsely represented that donations would help local veterans, resulting in the organization’s dissolution. Continue reading “Virginia Attorney General Announces Action to Dissolve Deceptive Veterans Charity”
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a lawsuit against a purported children’s charity, its operators, and its fundraiser for allegedly defrauding Ohio donors and misleading them about how their money would be spent.
According to the lawsuit, Cops for Kids Inc. (also known as Ohio Cops for Kids) collected over $4.2 million in donations from Ohio residents between 2005 and 2015 but spent less than two percent of it on charitable programming, instead paying the vast majority — over $3.34 million — to its for-profit solicitor, Telcom Enterprises, and an additional $802,662 on salaries and overhead. Continue reading “Ohio: Children’s Charity and Its Telemarketer Accused of Bilking over $4.2 Million from Ohio Donors”
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced a settlement between 24 states and VietNow National Headquarters, Inc., an Illinois nonprofit corporation, resulting in the organization’s dissolution.
“This settlement rids the country of a veterans charity that deceived donors, helped very few veterans, and largely served to enrich its professional fundraisers. Sadly, deceptive veterans’ charities remain a problem. Donors should remain vigilant,” said Schuette. “I also commend my fellow Attorneys General for their cooperation in achieving this resolution, and their continuing cooperation as we work together to root out other bad actors from the charitable sector.” Continue reading “Michigan Attorney General Shuts Down Deceptive National Veterans Charity”