Charity suspected of only giving a small percentage of money raised to help dogs.


Fundraising company faces new questions 

WASHINGTON—The veterans charity that CNN has been examining for months now is also under investigation by the State of Florida.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs turned over all of its records to us after we filed a public records request earlier in September. Those documents show that the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, already the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, essentially paid off another charity years ago after claims that it pirated logo design, wording for fund-raising direct mail letters and a host of other items before launching its own direct mail campaign.

The Chief Operating Officer of a charity called the Disabled Veterans Living Memorial Foundation wrote that “it appeared our proprietary information and intellectual property rights had been violated.” So the DVNF, while it was just getting started, agreed to pay an extraordinary fee of $325,000 over three years to settle the dispute.

Moreover, DVNF sent a new mailing to 750,000 donors, each letter containing a one dollar bill. This, in the midst of both a U.S. Senate and State of Florida investigations.

Meantime, CNN has learned that Quadriga Art, LLC, the giant direct mail fund-raiser in back of DVNF and hundreds of other charities, is now under formal investigation by the attorneys general of both New York and California. Sources inside the company in a position to know, say both state agencies have received documents after formally requesting them from Quadriga.

Until recently, Quadriga Art officials have only communicated with CNN by email. But over the weekend, Quadriga CEO Mark Schulhof spoke to his clients in a video posted on the Internet.

Here’s what he said about his company and about CNN’s reporting:

Charities in debt to fundraising company 

THOREAU, New Mexico—A struggling charity in this tiny town amidst the spectacular red rock country of northwestern New Mexico has found itself owing one of the biggest direct mail companies in the world more than $5 million as a result of a failed fund-raising campaign.

The company is Quadriga Art, which just today received an official letter from the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C., seeking detailed financial information about its finances, especially as they relate to another charity that we’ve investigated, the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.

Quadriga Art ultimately forgave a debt of $5.3 million but only after CNN began its investigation. Quadriga says it tried its best but the campaign was a failure.

And we’ve also examined another Quadriga client called Help the Children, based in Los Angeles. Its mission, it says, is to feed 130,000 families a month. But its CEO, Roger Presgrove, told CNN it too was upside-down to Quadriga Art for about $285,000 at one point.

Presgrove admits he emailed Quadriga and said that unless he was let out of that contract, he would go to CNN with his story. Within an hour of making that threat, a Quadriga executive agreed. “I think it is in everyone’s best interests to end this and move on,” the executive wrote back.

But Presgrove talked in any event, shortly after he was discharged from a hospital. He’d been admitted the day before for a scheduled medical procedure.

After our interview, we received a phone call from a Quadriga Art public relations person. She claimed that Presgrove, in her words, was “dragged” out of his hospital room by CNN and was on “drugs.” Over the phone, she said because of that his statements weren’t to be taken seriously and should not be broadcast because he was “unaware” of what he was saying.

CNN denies that he was forced in any way to take part in an interview. For his part, Presgrove emailed and wrote CNN that he wanted to retract what he said in his interview. In a text message, he added: “I have to get out of this contract and that was the deal. No interview and I’m out. Sorry.”

We’d like you to take a look at an extended portion of that interview, between Roger Presgrove and CNN Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin.


How about we go one step further: Charity scam with animals!!! SPCA International Baghdad Pups…ALL LIES!!!!!! SPCA owes 8.4 million dollars to Quadriga Arts…Did you donate?!? Did your family or friends?!? You MUST watch this!!!

CNN’s Drew Griffin investigates a charity suspected of only giving a small percentage of money raised to help dogs.


Seems that Wayne Pacelle is not alone!!! These scams are filtering all the way to the local, level; corruption and a sophisticated scheme duping people of their hard earned cash…getting YOU to support rescues and to write causes that aren’t real!!!

While I believe in donating for REAL charities and fundraising….Please verify before giving up or allowing anyone you know to part with their money…Do Not Donate to Animal Rights Extremists organizations or organizations associated with any AR group!!! There is more to these money making schemes than meets the eye!!!

** Reminder there is a disclaimer connected to this blog, things said are of my opinion and the opinion of  others

Stay tuned and follow this blog, there will be more…there always is  Best   -B


~ by topcatsroar on September 26, 2012.

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