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Fundraising Calls Trigger State Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has barred a Michigan fundraising company from calling Iowans for donations until the company cooperates with Attorney General Tom Miller's investigation into company practices.
   Miller wants Associated Community Services Inc. to answer questions under oath about its fundraising calls to Iowans after his office received complaints. The company, based in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich., raises money for several organizations including Vietnam Veterans of Iowa Inc. and Cancer Fund of America Inc.
   It was ordered in 2010 to pay a fine and change it marketing methods after Miller filed a complaint alleging its telemarketers tried to mislead Iowans.
   The judge's order filed Tuesday prohibits the company from Iowa fundraising until it answers Miller's questions.
   The company's attorney, Gordon Fischer, declined to comment.

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