One area telemarketing firms have moved into big time since the DNC regulations were introduced in 2003 is charitable and political telemarketing.
This recent press release from the CT Attorney General's office breaks out the numbers in stark reality.
Only 32% of each dollar raised over the phone actually goes back to the charity. The rest is kept by the telemarketing firm.
What to do?
Great suggestions from the CT AG:
* Make sure you are clear which organization is asking for money. Many charities have similar names.
* Ask how and where the donation will be used. Don't accept vague answers.
* Ask whether the person calling is being paid and what percentage of the donation goes to the organization.
* Never agree to give over the telephone; ask the solicitor to mail you information.
* Never give cash or agree to have someone pick up a contribution.