In Las Vegas, trolling faux cop charity promised not to call again–but quickly did

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Just before noon on a recent morning, “Andrew Redlow” cold-called the New To Las Vegas world headquarters pleading for a cash contribution to what he said was United Police Officers Coalition PAC. Of course, I started asking simple questions, like where are you located? He answered that one: Washington, D.C. But another query really stumped him: How old is your organization?

“Andrew” responded with irrelevant answers, essentially continuing his pitch about how the money would help elect people to Congress sympathetic to law enforcement types who are being abused. I repeated my question. “I’m sorry,” “Andrew” said finally. “I can’t answer that kind of question. I’ll add you to our do-not-call list.” He abruptly hung up.

Then, not four hours later, in the afternoon, the phone rang. It was “Andrew Redlow” again, making the identical pitch again for the United Police Officers Coalition PAC. Simply shameless!

I use quotes because “Andrew Redlow” (I’m guessing at the spelling; that’s how it sounded) is not a real person, but a voice generated by a computer using what is known as soundboard technology. Which is not surprising because, as I discovered from a little research between the two calls, United Police Officers Coalition PAC isn’t a real organization, either. It’s simply a sympathetic fundraising name used by another outfit, Constitutional Leadership PAC.

Moreover, I learned Constitutional Leadership PAC is barely a PAC, or political action committee, which is supposed to make contributions to political candidates or causes it approves of. According to its own public filings, since its founding in 2019 (the question “Andrew” couldn’t answer), CLPAC has spent next to nothing on political contributions while spending almost everything raised on other stuff. I call PACs with such glib telephone patters and terrible financial efficiencies faux charities.

I also learned neither CLPAC nor United Police Officers Coalition PAC is approved to solicit in Nevada. A new state law requires fundraisers soliciting money in Nevada for, among other purposes, law enforcement causes to register and make publicly available financial filings.

Finally, I learned CLPAC is mentioned in a pending federal-court civil lawsuit in Pennsylvania alleging violations of federal law in connection with telemarketing for faux charities. Except that the lawsuit repeatedly uses the phrase “scam PACs.” And as it turns out, the lead defendant, who owns a number of companies involved in such fundraising, lives in Las Vegas.

Interested? Come join me for the ride.

The data I cite here come from CPAC’s filings with the Federal Election Commission. That’s the largely toothless agency that has done virtually nothing to, ah, police this corner of the industry it is supposed to regulate.

In its short history of existence, from August 12, 2019, to December 31, 2021, CLPAC, raised $2.36 million in contributions, mostly in small amounts from moms and pops, and spent $2.21 million. I see only $88,000 spent in support of political office candidates or causes. That’s less than 4 cents of every dollar raised or spent. And this included the hotly contested political year of 2020.

Rather, a whopping $2.12 million of the $2.36 million raised went right out the door for fundraising, overhead and, presumably, hefty hidden profits for organizers. That’s 90 cents of every dollar raised, and 96 cents of every dollar spent.

These are really terrible numbers. As a would-be donor looking for efficient political advocacy, wouldn’t you want to know these ratios before deciding whether to give?

The new Nevada law that CLPAC is ignoring, Senate Bill 62, dramatically widened prior registration and financial information-filing requirements, which previously had applied only to certain charities that had tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions to PACs are not tax-deductible by the donor. The new Nevada law covers, among a variety of causes, any organization–tax-exempt or not–soliciting in Nevada that “purports to be established for … the benefit of law enforcement.”  The legislative history of the bill makes clear that includes PACs.

Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Senate Bill 62 into law on May 25, 2021. The measure took effect on October 1, 2021.  I just searched the website of the Nevada Secretary of State, which is supposed to receive, process and post this information. There is no mention of a registration by CLPAC or its d/b/a, United Police Officers Coalition PAC.

Meanwhile, CLPAC is among 24 faux charities identified in a civil lawsuit seeking class-action status filed in September in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 for various telemarketing activities on their behalf. CLPAC is not a named party to that case. But the lead defendant is Richard Zeitlin, a veteran telemarketer who lives in Las Vegas. Also named as defendants are several companies he allegedly owns, including at least one that recently received money from CLPAC. The litigation is still in its early stages, but the Zeitlin side has filed motions to dismiss the case on various procedural grounds

Zeitlin is a controversial character who has battled the Federal Trade Commission and whose activities have been the subject of lengthy exposes by the Center for Public Integrity (click here and click here) and Reuters (click here). Despite money going to Zeitlin’s empire, it’s not clear to me the full extent of the involvement Zeitlin or his firms now have with CLPAC, which on filings lists as its treasurer one Robert Price. Price is also mentioned without being a party in that Pennsylvania lawsuit.

Last week, I emailed requests for comment on many of the issues I have raised above to CLPAC, Price and Zeitlin, and will update this post if I hear back. But as it turns out, Zeitlin for several years has maintained a website, There, he robustly defended his telemarketing practices and attacked what called overreaching government regulation and regulators. But on a page headlined “Fundraising,” he also admitted his companies keep as much as 90% of the amount donated. Aha!

The Zeitlin site was active as recently as a few days ago. But it seemingly went dormant after I sent my request for comment through it and at this posting isn’t working. Fortunately, you can still find the pages on the Web site, which used to be called the Wayback Machine. Zeitlin’s site is very entertaining–and very revealing.

As for “Andrew Redlow,” it doesn’t bother me that he called so soon after promising not to. I understand such conduct might bother you. But for me, where do you think I get leads and material for posts like this?

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In Las Vegas, trolling faux cop charity promised not to call again–but quickly did — 7 Comments

  1. I just noticed that Zeitlin was arrested in August along with the owner/treasurer of four of the associated PACs. See:
    So it’s gone beyond the previously filed civil case to a criminal action. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York is a heavy hitter. Disgraced Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani became famous there during his racket busting days.
    Co-defendant Robert Piaro lives in Fredonia, WI. No surprise given Zeitlin’s connections there.

  2. Anonymous, I wonder what Zeitlin does with the demands for payment.

  3. Thanks for your good work with this blog. I’ve also been getting calls from Zeitlin’s companies. It’s not clear what the exact relationship is between him and the various “charities”, i.e. are they truly independent or are they collectively a corrupt organization. The calls always use a spoofed phone number but the complaint against Zeitlin doesn’t mention this even though that’s illegal (or so I think). Also the address of these Washington based “charities” that’s listed in their FEC filings is just a virtual office, typically rented from Regus, and they hide where they’re really based. You can sometimes figure out where they really are from the name of the treasurer and fees paid to him, a lawyer, or a bank. Wisconsin, where Zeitlin came from, is very common. I observe that none of Zeitlin’s companies in the complaint were listed in the Constitutional Leadership PAC’s filed disbursements for year end 2022. Not sure what to make of that. In a recent call I asked what was the name of the organization that they were calling for and was promptly disconnected. Apparently it wasn’t on the soundboard’s list of responses. I’ve gotten fed up with the calls and after a brief search found Zeitlin’s home address and phone number. Now when they call I agree to make a significant donation but insist on doing so through the mail. I’m then transferred to someone to take down my information and I give them Zeitlin’s.

  4. I have been called by Andrew at least 4 times a week for the past year, always different numbers, and I can tell what’s coming from the initial pause… If you immediately interrupt him, the call changes and the “I will put you on our do not call list” comes. I will happily join a class action lawsuit against these idiots. I have yelled, cursed, followed along, and threatened, to no avail.

  5. I just got two calls from the Robotic Andrew Redlow….
    The computer generated sentence fragments goes back to ” can we count on your donation- on your support……donation etc if we send you a form…”

    Sadly police officers have a difficult job just like firemen and other public servants….how do we get rid of these fake
    callers …..scams !! And support the real people ?

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