News Release: Commissioner Adam Putnam's Office
Updated: March 13, 2014, 5pm
Tallahassee, FL – The House Appropriations Committee today unanimously passed a bill proposed by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam to protect consumers from fraudulent and deceptive charity activities.
“We have seen cases where only pennies of Floridians’ hard-earned contributions went toward the causes they were told their donations would support,” said Commissioner Putnam. “I would like to thank Rep. Jim Boyd and this committee for their support in cracking down on organizations that mislead consumers in the name of veterans, terminally-ill children and other important causes.”
The legislation would:
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By: James Buechele
February 10, 2014, 5:30pm
A Senate Committee met today looking to tighten oversight over charitable organizations in the state of Florida.
This all stems from last year's scandal involved "Allied Veterans of the World" and their associated "Internet Cafes".
The Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism just voted on Senate Bill 638 presented by Sen. Jeff Brandes (R – St. Petersburg) that would add more authority and more oversight over the charities throughout the state of Florida.
That bill passed by a wide margin: 8-3.
It all comes from last year’s “Allied Veterans of the World” running the “Internet Cafes” throughout the state. These cafes were running as a charity organization, but were actually an illegal gambling operation.
Many were arrested, but no exact charges are known yet. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll did resign because of this operation.
This bill has a long way to go before it becomes law.
This bill would provide more oversight and more audits on charity organizations to weed out “bad actors” as the Committee said today.
The bill has passed the first step to become law by passing the Senate Committee today.