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How we followed a telemarketer’s tracks in Iowa

To track how telemarketing companies target donors, the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting focused on one company, Associated Community Services, and examined how it did business in one state, Iowa. Associated Community Services is one of the largest charity fundraisers in the country, according to data compiled by GuideStar, an organization […]

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Fla. investigators say police charity hired felons to raise donations

Regulators with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services raid a call center operated by Police Protective Fund, No. 20 on the Times/CIR list of worst charities.Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times Police Protective Fund raises millions of dollars each year in the name of fallen officers. On Tuesday, four men in charge of the […]

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Meet the lawyer who keeps some of America’s worst charities in business

Update, Sept. 12, 2013: This story updates information about Civic Development Group. Errol Copilevitz started his legal career representing strip clubs and porn shops on the seedy side of Kansas City. Then he took free-speech arguments honed defending topless bars to a more lucrative field. Philanthropy. Today, Copilevitz is the undisputed king of the charity […]