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April 7, 2006
Is there any evidence to substantiate this investigation? If there is, it is not reported:
A lawyer involved in the Terri Schiavo saga has asked the state to investigate whether two foundations set up by Schiavo's parents and siblings unlawfully used charitable contributions for lobbying activity.
California lawyer Jon Eisenberg filed a complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services last week and sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service.
"A charity can set up a lobbying arm, but it must keep the two organizations strictly separated financially," said Eisenberg, who helped represent Michael Schiavo in his efforts to have Terri's feeding tube removed. "In this case, I don't think they are doing that."
The Schindler's attorney responds:
Samantha Chechele, an attorney for the two foundations, said Wednesday that Eisenberg's allegations are without merit. The money collected by the nonprofit foundation has remained in its bank account or has been used for legitimate purposes.
Chechele also emphasized that anyone who gave money to the lobbying organization was told clearly that the contributions were not tax-exempt. She denied any funds have been commingled.
"I've been over the books myself with a fine-tooth comb, and I know the funds are being kept separate," Chechele said.
Note that Eisenberg is a California civil appellate attorney who authored the book "Using Terri" . He promotes himself as "one of the lead attorneys on Michael Schiavo's side" and asserts that the religious Right used Terri Schiavo as part of a grand conspiracy to "take away our rights." Diana Lynee writes
"Eisenberg's book is a misleading, disingenuous case of the pot calling the kettle "black."
For those who want to do something to support the Schindlers, visit their website
, give online and buy their book, A Life that Matters
HT: Caroline, Update: North Country Gazette has the details
Posted by tim at April 7, 2006 12:30 AM
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