St. Petersburg, Florida -- In response to a public forum exposing "America's Worst Charities," a St. Petersburg representative announced he's going to address the growing abuse of charities in Florida.
Senator Jeff Brandes is partnering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner, Adam Putnam, to investigate fraudulent charities that are scamming consumers in Florida.
The announcement comes after Senator Brandes attended a public forum held by the Tampa Bay Times exposing "America's Worst Charities." The investigation concluded that 11 of the 50 worst charities are located in Florida, a number greater than any other state in the country.
"There are groups of charitable organizations today operating in our state that are willfully deceiving Floridians," stated Senator Brandes. "These groups are misrepresenting the amount of charitable aid they provide, and instead finding creative ways to game the system and funnel donations into their executives' pockets. The honest charities that contribute to our communities are being harmed by this abusive practice, and it must end. Florida consumers deserve to have confidence in the groups they donate their hard earned money to."