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Old 01-13-2010, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Do you have a scam like the Texas State Troopers Association in your state?

You know, make a contribution and get a decal to slap on your car's back window to "avoid the next ticket"...

The following paragraph came off the Texas Attorney General's website:

Consider, for example, the Texas State Troopers Association (TSTA), which hires professional telemarketers to call potential donors for contributions. While the paid solicitor might have a good sales pitch urging potential donors to support the state police, much of the money raised by TSTA doesn’t actually go to officers or their families. According to a recent IRS filing by the TSTA, its telemarketing efforts yielded $3.59 million through telephone solicitations. Of that amount, more than 75% – or $2.78 million – was spent on “professional fundraising fees.” The IRS documents also indicate the organization spent just $10,800 on trooper death benefits; $22,000 on a “trooper event;” and $72,000 on contract lobbyists.
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I do believe here in Arkansas we have 2 different scams going on. One is the Arkansas State Troopers Association and Ithink the other one is the Arkansas Policeman's Association. Iused to give to them back in the early nineties, but Iquit giving to them when Istarted getting calls every day from them asking for contributions.
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We get calls pretty often wanting money for the ISP retirement and some benefit fund.I tell them that I just happen to be taking donations for my own retirement fund and ask them if they would like to donate. I haven't got a donation yet but neither have they.
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I know Illinois and Wisconsin both have them. I donate to both. I wish I could see how much each were getting through donations.
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We have them here as well. I had a sticker on my truck years ago when I got pulled over by the GSP. Ihad been drinking a bit and made the reference as I tapped on the sticker on my backglass " how bout cut be a break man. Igive to you guys every year". All I got was the glare from his sunglasses, a remark about how they didn't see any of that money, and a little yellow piece of paper.

I shouldn't have even asked about the damn break.I still give to them every now and then.
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its extortion.the cops condone it because ,even tho they get very small percent of cash collected,they like getting it.I will not be extorted.
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David05, through the magic of the internet that is available to YOU...

Your Illinois Attorney General sez.....

Some Facts About Police and Firefighter Solicitations
• Some police and firefighter organizations are not charitable but instead are unions or social groups that will not use your donation for charitable purposes.
• Police officers and firefighters never know you contributed.
• Any coercive statement, direct or subtle, that infers that giving is a way to get better protection or special treatment is a crime and should be reported to the respective police department, the State’s Attorney and the Attorney General’s office.
• Having the words “police” or “firefighter” in an organization’s name does not mean police or firefighters are members of the group.
• Paid professional fund-raisers make most of the solicitations for police and firefighter organizations. Professional fund-raisers often charge 80 to 90% of your contribution as a fee.
• “Advertising” in so-called “ad books” will probably not reach the general public, and usually less than 20% of the money you contribute benefits the police, firefighters or community.
• Donations to some police or firefighter groups may not be tax deductible.

go here to search by name:

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/search/index.jsp
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