09 Jan: Smith Bill Revising ‘Charitable Registration And Investigation Act’

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would apply greater scrutiny and Statewide registration to charities raising funds in New Jersey was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 38-0, receiving final legislative approval.

“In times of crisis, Americans pull together and seek to help their fellow citizens,” said Senator Smith, D-Middlesex. “We saw it after the September 11th attacks, and we saw it most recently after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. What this bill seeks to do is to assure contributors that their charity dollars are going to the intended cause, and not in the pocket of a con-artist.”

11 Jan: Smith Charitable Registration Bill Approved In Assembly Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Bob Smith which would crack down on unscrupulous and misleading charitable solicitations was unanimously approved by the Assembly Regulated Professions and Independent Authorities Committee yesterday.

“As New Jersey, and the nation, embark on quite possibly the biggest charitable drive in history to provide much-needed tsunami relief in South Asia, the possibility of unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of the good will of New Jerseyans is at an all-time high,” said Senator Smith. “While a vast majority of charitable groups act with the best of intentions, we have to be ever-vigilant that humanitarian causes aren’t open to exploitation by callous profiteers who would use human suffering as an opportunity to cash in.”