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Warning - Possible Fraud Alert (Pro-Life Campaign Committee)
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Pro-Life Infonet | 5/30/01 | anon

Posted on 12/29/2002 9:07:17 PM PST by ThePythonicCow

Warning - Possible Fraud Alert

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"Deceptive" Groups Raise Money From Unsuspecting Pro-Lifers

Minneapolis, MN -- The Minnesota-based pro-life group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is urging pro-life advocates in Minnesota and nationwide to be aware of groups MCCL says claim to be pro-life but don't do any pro-life work.

"Drawing on the concern so many Americans have for unborn children, groups around the country are raising significant donations with claims of pro-life work that is not being done," MCCL said in a recent report.

According to MCCL, one such group, using the name "Elect Life," has raised more than $3,000,000 from unsuspecting pro-life families through telemarketing calls that sometimes are pressuring or offensive.

While "Elect Life" claims to support pro-life candidates and to be working in Congress on a partial-birth abortion ban, neither is apparently true. According to documents on file with the Federal Election Commission, the telemarketing firm, Arizona-based Capital Communications, kept 94% of the money raised and the organization's president paid himself more than $115,000 in salary and fees.

As for "Elect Life's" lobbying claims, representatives of several major pro-life groups that conduct Washington-based lobbying efforts on behalf of life issues have never seen any representative of "Elect Life" lobbying on any of a number of pro-life issues -- including partial-birth abortion.

Last year, the New York Post ran an expose article highlighting the organization. Yet the phone calls to unknowing pro-life families continue and some pro-life families have begun receiving phone calls soliciting money for another "pro-life" group whose authenticity is also questionable.

Several pro-life organizations in states around the country have reported calls from their members who report the same telemarketing firm, Arizona's Capital Communications, has called soliciting funds for the "Pro-Life Campaign Committee."

Telemarketing scripts and materials mailed to those making pledges over the phone are nearly identical to scripts and materials used with "Elect Life" and other supposedly "pro-life" groups for which Capital Communications has done telemarketing. In each case, the scripts tell callers the organization is working to elect pro-life candidates and lobby on partial-birth abortion.

As with "Elect Life," no leading pro-life organizations in Washington have heard of the "Pro-Life Campaign Committee" or seen evidence of its efforts.

In one instance, the attempt to legitimatize the "pro-life" groups involve clear instances of falsehood, according to representatives of two pro-life organizations.

Telemarketing phone calls and materials sent to donors from both "Elect Life" and the "Pro-Life Campaign Committee" include claims that these organizations "work closely" with legitimate pro-life groups. "Elect Life" materials put the organization alongside National Right to Life and the New York State Right to Life group in Albany, New York. Although both NRLC and New York Right to Life work closely with a number of pro-life organizations, according to spokesmen for both groups neither organization has ever "worked closely" with "Elect Life" on educational, legislative, or political efforts.

In Minnesota, MCCL says a group calling itself the "Minnesota Life Committee" is using similar tactics.

MCCL reports that the "Minnesota Life Committee" calls pro-life households and "takes credit for lobbying efforts and advertising campaigns by other organizations." According to MCCL, "they specifically claim that they played a major role in passing the Woman's Right to Know bill through the Minnesota legislature last year, but there is no evidence that the group sent a lobbyist or had anything to do with the bill's passage."

MCCL also reports that "lawsuits and complaints from ethical pro-life organizations have forced the group to twice change its name, but it continues to use deception in raising and diverting money from generous citizens who believe their dollars will be used to protect and honor life."

Unfortunately, say spokesperson from several pro-life organizations, donations to legitimate pro-life groups have been and will continue to be affected and the work that could be done to protect unborn babies from abortion is severely hurt.

MCCL and consumer groups that track nonprofit organizations encourage anyone receiving phone calls from pro-life groups for donations to be wise and alert.

If you receive a call from a group that sounds suspect, contact The Pro-Life Infonet at infonet@prolifeinfo.org or another pro-life organization you trust. We can help you determine if a group is authentic and deserving of your contribution.

Source: Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, Pro-Life Infonet; May 29, 2001 as quoted in Pro-Life Infonet 5/30/01 #2442.   The Pro-Life Infonet is a daily compilation of pro-life news and information. To subscribe, send the message "subscribe" to: infonet-request@prolifeinfo.org. Infonet is sponsored by Women and Children First (http://www.prolifeinfo.org/wcf). For more pro-life info visit http://www.prolifeinfo.org and for questions or additional information email ertelt@prolifeinfo.org


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: abortion; consumer; fraud; partialbirth; prolife; scam; telephone
A few days ago (late Dec, 2002) I received a phone call asking for money for the Pro-Life Campaign Committee. He started by asking if I was pro-life or pro-choice, and when I said pro-life, he spoke in agreement, and asked for money to support the movement to ban partial birth abortions.

When I agreed to pledge some money, he handed me over to a second man, to collect the details of my pledge. The second man asked me to expedite the pledge by putting it on my credit card immediately.

At that point, I said no - send me something in the mail. I don't give out credit information to cold callers. Though the two person handoff routine, for a brief second, almost got paste my usual paranoia.

They did send an invoice for the amount I had pledged, and I did a web search. My payment was to be sent to the Pro-Life Campaign Committee, Washington, D.C. The Invoice and return address were both addressed from a P.O. Box in Purcellville, VA.

I found nothing to encourage trust, and a couple of old items, such as the one I quote above, that suggest distrust.

1 posted on 12/29/2002 9:07:17 PM PST by ThePythonicCow
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To: ThePythonicCow
The Minnesota-based pro-life group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is urging pro-life advocates in Minnesota and nationwide to be aware of groups MCCL says claim to be pro-life but don't do any pro-life work.

The first sentence must refer to the Catholic Church, obviously.

2 posted on 12/29/2002 9:13:12 PM PST by Dec31,1999
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To: ThePythonicCow
Crap, I got scammed, too. They were really nice. I got a call a couple days later confirming my pledge. The invoice arrived and I paid it promptly. I haven't heard anything more (hubby said they'd call for more later). Now, I know why I haven't been contacted again, I guess.

Minnesota Freeper----Danette
3 posted on 12/29/2002 9:19:14 PM PST by Danette
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To: Danette
They must be doing that to create doubt in the minds or innocent doners. The Dems really are evil, which is why I hang my hat here.
4 posted on 12/29/2002 9:32:28 PM PST by Dec31,1999
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To: Dec31,1999
You know, the thought did cross my mind that saying it's a scam IS the scam. Dirty DemonRats.
5 posted on 12/29/2002 9:35:54 PM PST by Danette
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To: Danette
Yeah - hard to know what's the truth.

I'd have hoped, if it was a straight up organization, that I would have found some search hits that were more positive.

6 posted on 12/29/2002 10:13:42 PM PST by ThePythonicCow
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To: ThePythonicCow

All I need to know, hang him.

7 posted on 12/29/2002 10:17:37 PM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: ThePythonicCow
Thanks for posting this. I received a call from The Pro-Life Campaign Committee in January. I did not make a pledge over the phone (because of having read on FR about pro-life scams). I asked that they mail me something.

I will direct my pro-life donations to a legitimate group.

An oddity I noted---The Pro-Life Campaign Committee mispells my name and town exactly the same way as the Republican National Committee does.

8 posted on 02/12/2003 7:31:51 AM PST by syriacus (Going to the UN is like being locked in the Castle of Despair. Better to stay far away, Pilgrim.)
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To: ThePythonicCow
I found two websites for the Pro-Life Campaign Committee at http://www.prolifecommittee.org and http://www.prolifeaction.com/ . Both of their websites are professional and are packed with pro-life information and resources. There is clearly some mudslinging going on between pro-life organizations, which is regrettable. The only winner from pro-life groups fighting is the pro-abortion side.
9 posted on 03/01/2003 11:17:21 PM PST by TFM82494
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The people running the so-called "Pro-Life Campaign Committee" are not just involved in "mud-slinging" with competitor organizations. They are provably fraudulent in claiming credit for things they had nothing to do with. Secondly, they are under investigation by the Attorney General's office in Kansas since May of 2003. See

www.ksag.org/contents/news-releases/2003news/may23sting.htm

for full details.

10 posted on 08/26/2003 2:10:44 AM PDT by wildandcrazyrussian
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