Charity regulators who solicit crimes and misdemeanors

As readers know, charity regulators are the biggest violators of laws governing charitable solicitation.

What happens when charity regulators ask or demand charities or others to violate the law? That is also known as solicitation, and the offense of solicitation is a serious one.

Here’s a real life example of how charity regulators might be […]

What irresponsible law would exempt government charity from reporting and compliance?

Another politician, another charity scam.

As reported in The Washington Post: “Harry Thomas Jr. resigned Thursday night, hours after he became the first sitting D.C. Council member to be charged with a felony, when federal prosecutors accused him of embezzling more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns.”

With all the charity […]

You can do more harm than good being nice responding to charity regulator requests and investigations

As a rule, it’s safe to say the overwhelming majority of people in the charitable sector have good intentions, right?

What about charity regulators? Well, even if we presume their good intentions (and I’ll defer to your judgment for today’s purposes), too many of them act as if the rule of law doesn’t fully apply […]

Where Is New York Charity Regulator’s Budget?

I requested a copy of the New York charity regulator office’s operating budget.

The response I received is shocking.

First of all, the request for a simple budget was treated as a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. FOIL’s are used for documents held by public officials that aren’t otherwise made public. Why would a […]

Responding to Rick Cohen about the Richmond Tea Party Audit

Rick Cohen of The Nonprofit Quarterly commented on a recent post, “Permits, Audits and Comeuppance.” He is the source of my use of the word “comeuppance” in my post, and I urge you to read Mr. Cohen’s entire comment here.

In 2010 I wrote about the first installment of Mr. Cohen’s three-part story that year […]

Don’t let charity regulators get away with false statements in the registration process

I just completed my fundraising counsel registration for New Hampshire, which is one state that, to my knowledge, hasn’t tended to abuse its charitable solicitation law. Compared to other states, New Hampshire’s registration renewal process is less of a burden.

Each year, though, that office goes through the same Kabuki dance, and its registration renewal […]

Power Corrupts–Even at Charities

Paul Clolery has an excellent piece at Huffington Post about the recent death of William Aramony and the Penn State scandal. He writes:

“Aramony was the center of the United Way sex and finance scandal during the 1990s and for a quarter-century was the punchline for charity officials going off the rails.”

“The Penn State […]

Charity Regulators and the Menace of Regulating Online Activity

Recently I took an online webinar about state regulations of online fundraising. People could opt to listen in to the webinar via telephone.

The webinar was taught by two state charity regulators, which I found disappointing because the presentation was so one-sided and incomplete. The regulators in the webinar are lawyers in the attorney general […]

Are Charity Regulator Investigations of 9/11 Charities Illegal?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy covers the Associated Press report that New York and Arizona are investigating 9/11 charities that may have failed to “keep promises to create memorials or contribute to 9/11 causes.”

AP reports that “New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office said state lawyers are conducting their own ‘broad review’ of 9/11 charities […]

Significance of today’s release of Project Veritas videos and charity regulators

The Daily Caller broke the story about James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas latest sting. This one shows state Medicaid officials not only aiding scofflaws, but I imagine breaking some laws themselves.

My mantra about charity regulators is that they are the biggest violators of the laws that govern charitable solicitation. They are unaccountable, and that fosters […]