Carnival Producer is ‘Professional Solicitor’ Under Charitable Solicitation Registration Law
Court says advertising events in connection with charities constitutes solicitation and requires registration
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has upheld the determination by the Department of State that a for-profit company that operates a portable amusement park providing rides, games and food for carnivals and pays a percentage of the ride fees to charities and other nonprofits is a “professional solicitor” that must register under the state’s charitable solicitation registration act. It has upheld a cease and desist order prohibiting the company from running its carnivals within the state without registering as a solicitor. Houghton Enterprises is a family-owned business that provides the carnivals for nonprofits and pays 30% of the ride ticket fees to the nonprofit, while keeping 70% of the...
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