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High Court OKs Fraud Charges Against Deceptive Charity Fundraisers

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High Court OKs Fraud Charges Against Deceptive Charity Fundraisers

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High Court OKs Fraud Charges Against Deceptive Charity Fundraisers

High Court OKs Fraud Charges Against Deceptive Charity Fundraisers

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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court rules states can press fraud charges against telemarketers or other fundraisers who intentionally mislead potential donors about how much of a contribution really goes to charity. The First Amendment safeguards the right to engage in charitable solicitation, but it does not shield fraud, the justices rule. Hear NPR's Nina Totenberg.