Thursday, December 16, 2004 / News / Local / Charities defend telemarket strategy / News / Local / Charities defend telemarket strategy: "Charities west of Boston are defending their use of telemarketing companies to raise funds, saying the firms that dial for dollars are a big help -- even though they often take a sizeable chunk of the money they raise.

An annual report from the state attorney general last week showed that professional telemarketers raised about $202 million for charities statewide last year, and less than half of that money went to the causes"

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