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Speaker seeks do-not-call law changes

October 04, 2011
WALES — Pearl Cohen visited the Wales Senior Center over the summer to discuss telefundraising strategies with guests, and she was so inspired by her conversations with seniors that she created and filed a petition to amend the current do-not-call list law to regulate certain charitable solicitations.

Now she is asking for the support of residents in signing the petition. Cohen, the director of outreach and communications for New Concepts Fund, has successfully filed the ballot initiative petition, and she must obtain 70,000 signatures to bring it to the 2012 elections as a ballot question.

"The aim of this petition is to help overhaul the telefundraising industry in two ways," Cohen said. "First, Massachusetts residents registered with the state's do-not-call list will no longer receive telephone fundraising calls from non-profit companies raising money on behalf of charities, and secondly, stronger regulations will be in place with regards to mandatory disclosures by telefundraisers."

Cohen worked as a professional telephone fundraiser for 17 years, and she has gotten a first-hand glimpse at the deceptive practices these companies use.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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