“Oh, I’m glad you picked up. I was getting my answering machine voice ready, haha. Good morning this is Steve Savage calling for the Committee for Police Officers Defense. This Call is recorded for quality assurance Ok…Hello…..Hello”
So who is the Committee for Police Officers Defense? It sounds like it is an advocacy group for police officers. A look at their website shows that they are based in Fairfax, Virginia, and are a Political Action Committee (PAC). Quoting from its website, the “Committee for Police Officers’ Defense is a 527 Committee designed to seek out radical prosecutors, judges and district attorneys.” Another organization is named on the website as well — The Police Officers’ Defense Coalition.
The Committee for Police Officers Defense is run by James J. Fotis, who is a retired New York Police officer, who ran unsuccessfully in 2007 for Sheriff of Manassas City / Manassas Park City / Prince William County. Now I’m not knocking on Mr. Fotis, I’m just reporting on what I have found and I thank him for his service in the Army and as a Police Officer. I’m using this organization for my post, as I have personally received this robocall a good dozen or more times in the past few years.
Little can be found online about the ‘Committee for Police Officers Defense‘, Charity Navigator doesn’t show them as a Charity. Nothing on OpenSecrets.org either. and nada on Ballotpedia either. A Googlesearch comes up with links to police forces and law enforcement websites. Except for several very interesting news stories.
Charity Navigator is a charity assessment organization that evaluates hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations based in the United States, operating as a free 501 organization.
OpenSecrets, a database that tracks spending in U.S. politics run by the Center for Responsive Politics.
There are other PACs that are raising funds for police officers such as the Police Officers Defense Alliance, Police Officers Defense Coalition, Inc., or The American Police Officers Alliance, and OpenSecrets is showing these organizations as raising millions of dollars last year.
The problem is with Mr. Fotis or the associations he operates, the problem exists that there are so many names for the same purpose. The problem exists that they are PAC and not what they claim to be. The problem exists that they do not honor the Do Not Call Registry (if the police don’t honor it, then who does?). The problem exists that they are using high-pressure call tactics to seek donations. And the problem exists that there are dozens of similarly named groups, claiming that they are raising money for police when they aren’t. So this all begs the question of who they are really.
*** For the record I support the police any way I can, but I would prefer to donate in a more direct manner than any of these groups ***
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