Chargers, Playboy’s playmate help enrich professional fundraisers

November 10, 2015–The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and Playboy’s 2001 Playmate of the Year have unwittingly helped a nonprofit charity enrich telemarketers at the expense of disadvantaged children.Of millions of dollars raised by California Police Youth Charities in the past three years, less than 1 percent, or about $50,000, has been earmarked toward programs to support at-risk youth, according to tax records reviewed by American Media Institute.

Since 2011, the nonprofit, based in Roseville, CA, has raised more than $6.86 million in charitable contributions, but about 89 cents of every dollar has gone toward salaries and professional fundraisers — with more than $5.7 million in payments to the same fundraising companies named in a 2009 lawsuit filed by California Justice Department officials, according to records.

“It’s particularly offensive that these people aren’t using the money for what people expect,” said Jessica Levinson, an ethics professor at Loyola Law School and president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission. “When you give to a charity, you open your heart and your wallet. It risks giving all charities a bad name.”

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