Minnesota accuses Florida charity of misleading donors
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota’s attorney general has sued a Florida charity, alleging it misled donors who believed they were helping families of fallen police officers.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Attorney General Lori Swanson alleges American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens, Inc., collected $425,000 in donations from thousands of Minnesotans from 2011 to 2017 for a fund to help officers’ families.
Donors were told all of the contributions would go to the fund. But Swanson says only 9 percent did.
Messages left with the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens were not returned to The Associated Press.
The Star Tribune reports the charity raised $4 million nationwide last year and spent most of that on marketing, contracts with for-profit fundraisers and salaries.
The charity was also sued by Minnesota in 1996.