ASSEMBLYMAN TRAVIS ALLEN
May 27, 2014
Assemblyman Travis Allen’s Legislation to Crack Down on “Scam Charities” Passes Unanimously Out of the Assembly
Bill will protect individuals who donate to charity and ensure the integrity of California’s nonprofit organizations
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) announced that his proposal, Assembly Bill 2077, which cracks down on “scam charities,” passed unanimously out of the Assembly with bipartisan support and will now be heard in the Senate.
“AB 2077 will ensure that the good will of Californians is not taken advantage of, and also fortify the integrity of legitimate nonprofits throughout California,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “Scam charities have been defrauding seniors and other Californians without actually giving the funds to those in need. It’s unacceptable that when an individual is tricked into giving their hard-earned money to one of these scam charities that only 3 percent of their funds reach the intended beneficiary.”
According to a recent investigation of America’s 50 Worst Charities by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Tampa Bay Times, an overwhelming majority of contributions to the worst charities – some 77 percent – go towards professional fundraisers and managers who orchestrate dialing-for-dollars phone drives, rather than the charitable mission itself. The biggest offenders raised $1.3 billion over 10 years – and almost $1 billion of it went straight to fundraisers, not to those who are truly in need.
“Californians donate hundreds of millions of dollars each year to charities with the belief that their hard-earned money is being used for the betterment of their local community. This legislation is an important step in cracking down on scam charities, protecting California consumers and the integrity of our legitimate nonprofits throughout the state,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen.