Minnesota Suing Fundraising Companies, Claiming Deception
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state of Minnesota is suing a professional fundraising company and its affiliate, alleging the Michigan firms are deceptively soliciting money for a veterans' charity.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed the lawsuit in Hennepin County Wednesday against Associated Community Services and its affiliate, Central Processing Services, both of Southfield, Michigan. The companies solicit donations for Foundation of American Veterans.
The lawsuit says the defendants made fundraising calls to prospective donors and then sent false pledge reminders which indicated that had pledged to donate, when in fact they had not.
Swanson says Associated Community Services told some prospective donors that they were calling from Foundation for American Veterans or did not disclose that it was a fundraising company, which are violations of state law. ACS and its affiliate did not immediately respond to requests for comment.