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Charity Crackdown

Are charities using the money that is donated to them for the right purposes?
As Matt Galka tells us, Florida has learned from past mistakes and is cracking down on the charitable organizations that aren't giving back.

The Allied Veterans of the World Internet Caf scandal changed the way charities are viewed in the state.

Jennifer Carroll
Then Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned because of her ties to the 300 million dollar gambling operation posing as a charity. The Internet Caf Group actually gave very little to veterans.  The legislature passed a bill this year to try and stop history from repeating itself.

Erin Gillespie/Dept. of Agriculture Press Secretary
"There was a need to crackdown on some of these charities that were taking money from people who were giving their hardworking money to the charities and then them not giving it to the causes."

Matt Galka Standup
The Department of Agriculture says this bill could have helped stop the internet caf scandal before it got out of control

"It would certainly have made it more difficult. It does request more information from charities especially those that take in more than a million dollars. It also bans charities in Florida that had problems in other states which we were not able to do before."

11 Florida charities landed on a nationwide "50 worst charities list" last year.
State Senator Jeff Brandes sponsored the charity crackdown bill.

Sen. Jeff Brandes/(R) St. Petersburg
"That's just unconscionable that we would literally steal money from people. They're saying it was a charitable contribution and they're just using it to line their own pockets."

The legislation is awaiting the Governor's signature.