Nonprofit groups with ties to law enforcement have your number and they're dialing it this Christmas.A review by The Dallas Morning News found that several charities have spent up to 89 percent of the money they collect on telemarketers, cutting deeply into what they can spend on programs.Some say the figures show that a Texas law regulating telephone solicitation by law-enforcement-related groups isn't working."When your spending is upside down like that, you would have to ask yourself as a consumer, 'Are they a telemarketing organization or are they legitimately representing the concerns of law-enforcement officers?' " said Charley Wilkison, spokesman for the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. ...Wilkison, the CLEAT spokesman, called phone solicitation an "illegitimate funding stream," but he didn't single out any group for criticism."Texans have big hearts. They hear that an officer is killed in the line of duty and it touches them. They think they are giving it to a widow and an orphan, and the fact is they are not," he said.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sleazy telemarketers capitalize on public sympathy for fallen police
I agree with Charley Wilkison on this one:
I got one of these calls at home the other day and turned them down, more offended by it than inspired to generosity. Looking at the data at the end of the Dallas News story, this bizarre niche has turned into a lucrative industry of telemarketers profiteering off public sympathy for fallen police. Pretty sleazy and manipulative, if you ask me.