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Extra Extra : February 2009
If you give to a charity over the phone, there's a growing likelihood that most of your donation will go to the telemarketer instead, according to an investigation by The Sacramento Bee. More than a third of California charity telemarketing campaigns sent less than 20 cents on the dollar to the charities during 2007, the most recent year on record. Those campaigns and a smaller number of charity auctions and concerts raised $93 million for commercial fundraisers, and just $3 million for the charities. In 76 of those campaigns, California charities got no money at all.
A Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.) investigation into filing practices in Monroe County state courts revealed that documents critical to the outcome of countless civil lawsuits have never been made public because they were never filed with the court as required by state rules. The investigation prompted the New York State Office of Court Administration to pledge to issue a new directive to ensure compliance. The OCA claims it will issue the directive to all administrative judges across the state outside of New York City this week in response to the newspaper's report.