I-Team Update: Where charity can donations really go

Two months after the I-Team investigated where the money from charity cans really goes, New Jersey lawmakers have taken the first step towards cleaning-up tin can charities.

Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-District 20) says an Assembly committee approved his bill to regulate tin can charities. The bill calls for criminal background checks for anyone who runs a donation can charity or collects the cans, monthly reports and surprise inspections. Cohen says his bill allows the attorney general to give exemptions to small charities.

Over the summer, the I-Team found that one animal welfare group had collected donations for years without spending the money to save a single animal. That group is also run by a man under investigation by the state for his family ties to organized crime.

Cohen says he expects to have a Senate sponsor for his bill in place this week. He hopes to have the bill before full Assembly this month. of I-Team Investigation of I-Team Investigation of I-Team Investigation

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