CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 22, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Pensacola, Florida: Rita Braver) Dishonesty problems with professional fund- raising featured; details given, scenes shown. [Exchangette Club spokesperson Billie Jean MILLARD - says only made few dollars after being led to believe by International All-Star Circus that they would raise thousands.] International All-Star Circus' deductions from profits illustration [North Carolina attorney general Lacy THORNBURGH - says professional fund-raisers should charge reasonable fee instead of unlimited amts.] North Carolina fund-raising study illustration North Carolina reported passing law forcing fund- raiser to give reasonable amts. raised to charity and to inform contributors what percentage actually went to charity. Several charities noted opposing legislature [National Federal of Blind spokesperson Hazel STALEY - says needs professional representatives to aid in fund-raising.] Lower courts reported ruling that forcing fund-raisers to tell contributors how much went to charity interferes with their first amendment rights to free speech. [Attorney for charities and fund-raisers Errol COPILEVITZ - comments on situation.] [THORNBURGH - says fund-raisers aren't charity, but business making profits.] Supreme Court reported to decide whether or not states have authority to limit professional fund-raising.