I’ve chased down a lot of bad people and bad corporations over the years…but the Final Judgment I received shutting down the Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund is one of the accomplishments I’m most proud of. Scam charities are a scourge on society. Scam charities prey upon the good intentions of well meaning people then divert money that should be used for legitimate charitable purposes to line the pockets of a spider web of consultants, lawyers, and others involved in the con.
Focusing on my lawsuit, first I filed then got my Final Judgment ordering them to be shut down…then Florida’s Attorney General picked up an impressive prosecution of the group which continues to this day. According to the Attorney General Lawsuit:
CCAI was among the nation’s largest public charities. Approximately 5.3% of public charities have expenditures totaling 10 Million Dollars or more annually. CCAI’s expenses were $14, $9 and $10 million.
- CCAI was a pass through for donor funds, 98% of the cash contributions went toward “expenses”; in 2013, 99.995% went to “expenses”
- CCAI deceptively created an impression of legitimacy by falsely representing in solicitations that it was a “program partner” with bona fide and reputable charties.
CCAI made only deminimus actual cash donations which were approximately half of one penny. ($0.005) to two cents ($0.02) of each dollar.
The great thing about the Attorney General Lawsuit is it mirrors in large part the allegations contained in the lawsuit that I had filed a few years prior…and
THE LAWSUIT I OBTAINED A FINAL JUDGMENT IN!
And the important thing for Attorneys General in any state and for private parties to understand…is that these lawsuits provide the framework for other parties to pursue similar complaints.
And Most Importantly, the Final Judgment Ordering Them to be SHUT DOWN!
THERE IS AN IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION HERE….WE NEED OUR ATTORNEY GENERAL AND AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER TO BEGIN WORKING TOGETHER TO ENFORCE EXISTING LAWS. DON’T LET SCAM CHARITIES CONTINUE TO OPERATE BUSINESS AS NORMAL!!!
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Importantly, Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund is just one of many organizations that similar claims can and should be pursued.