New law takes aim at telemarketers dialing for charity dollars

Gov. signed bill into law Friday

They’re dialing for donations for segments of the population many want to help: Veterans, children and families of fallen officers.
But money raised by fraudulent charities never makes to those in need, according to Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
Putnam said he's found too many charities in Florida using deceptive practices, which is why he fought for a bill that will rewrite the state's regulations for nonprofits.
For example the law will prohibit felons from soliciting funds and increase transparency by requiring higher disclosure requirements for charities that spend less than 25 percent on their cause.
They will have to report the percentage being spent on the services they tell the public they serve.
The new law would also require background checks for telemarketers who collect your financial information and increase fines for deceptive acts.
All of this information would be made public so Florida's consumers can make an educated decision about their donations.
The governor signed the bill into law Friday. State officials say they will build an online component so that Florida consumers will be able to compare similar charities to see how they stack up.



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