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May 20, 2003

Shocked, Simply Shocked


Sorry to be behind the times, but did you notice the shocking recent ruling of the Supreme Court on false claims by telemarketers? According to a May 6 Wall Street Journal story:

The high court ruled unanimously yesterday that a telemarketer who raised funds for Vietnam War veterans and falsely assured donors that most of their money would pay for Thanksgiving food baskets, rent and similar items can be sued for fraud. Under a contract with the charity, VietNow National Headquarters, based in Rockford, Ill., Telemarketing Associates Inc., retained 85% of the more than $7 million raised.

My god, where will it all end? Does this mean that citizens will be able to sue politicians for fraud if they promote one policy prior to the election and then, after getting your vote, pursue a different one in office? Or how about when politicians put a bond issue on the ballet with the explanation that the funds will be used for one purpose, and then they end up actually using/wasting them for another purpose altogether? I mean, if we’re not careful here, the damn Supremes could take all the fun out of being a politician.



posted by Friedrich at May 20, 2003


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