LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline) – Michigan Attorney General
Bill Schuette announced that his office filed a cease and desist against
professional fundraiser Corporations for Character for allegedly violating the
Public Safety Solicitation Act.
“Deceptive fundraising will not be tolerated,” Schuette
said. “My office works daily to protect Michigan residents. You also can help
by protecting yourself – research the charity before you give – and reporting
suspected violations to my office. Trust your gut.”
According to the attorney general’s office, Corporations for
Character used pre-recorded messages controlled by a human operator to make recipients
believe they were talking to a live person. Schuette alleges that Corporations
for Character committed 23 violations.
Schuette also noted that telemarketers often keep up to 85
percent of donations and urged consumers to research their own charities and to
give directly to the charity.