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The AG of Minnesota has opened an inquiry with the IRS after misleading ads run by MN-based Car Donation Foundation led donors to believe they were significantly helping Make-A-Wish.

"The 'Wheels for Wishes' advertisements seemed clear about who would get the money raised from donated vehicles, stating “Donate Your Car. Benefiting Make-A-Wish Minnesota.’’

"But the wishes of kids with cancer weren’t driving the arrangement, says Minnesota’s attorney general.

"Instead, Make-A-Wish charities here and nationally received about 20 percent of the revenue from donated cars, said Lori Swanson at a news conference Wednesday. The bulk was kept by the nonprofit overseeing the donations, the Minnesota-based Car Donation Foundation, and two for-profit companies owned by the group’s founders, said Swanson."--Jean Hopfensperger, the Star Tribune

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