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August 23, 2013

Police unions switch to in-house fundraising

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Community Advertising raised $45,090 for the Chenango County Law Enforcement Association, which retained $15,781.50, or 35 percent, the report said.

There were no results for Delaware or Schoharie counties in a search of the report online.

The report said Community Advertising Inc. conducted 20 campaigns in 2011 and raised $1.01 million of which $420,380, or 40 percent, went to the charities.

Oneonta PBA and Chenango County Law Enforcement representatives weren’t available at 4 p.m. Thursday to comment on current fundraising methods.

Dick Levine of Community Advertising Inc. said the Attorney General’s report was one-sided and didn’t take into account the work and costs affiliated with raising money for charities. Generally, Community Advertising produces calendars for the charities with which it works, and also conducts telephone and mailing campaigns, he said Thursday.

According to the Otsego deputies PBA flier, the Benevolent Associations donated more than $14,500 to programs throughout Otsego County in 2012. Contributions were made to local chapters of national charitable organizations, such as Catskill Area Hospice, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, and to local events such as the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump. 

Wilkens said deputies have received some contributions and positive feedback about the switch. He said the PBA has 16 members, including patrol deputies, investigators and two road sergeants.

The flier said contributions aren’t tax deductible as charitable contributions.

A separate effort and mailing from the state Sheriffs’ Association seeks financial support for a summer camp program for children, Otsego Sheriff Richard Devlin said.

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