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SPITZER TO SPEAK ON ISSUES RELATING TO NONPROFITS

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer will tour the Buffalo area and discuss issues involving fund-raising, nonprofit governance, financial standards and accountability during a pair of speeches Nov. 29.

Spitzer's investigations and lawsuits into the brokerage, mutual fund and now insurance industries have become nearly legendary nationwide, sparking reform in those industries, forcing resignations, firings and billions of dollars in settlements, and both intimidating and irritating Wall Street.

His office is also responsible for supervising charitable organizations to ensure that donors and beneficiaries are protected from mismanagement of charitable assets. In that role, he sued former New York Stock Exchange chairman and chief executive Richard Grasso seeking the return of more than $100 million in salary paid to Grasso.

Spitzer will address the Western New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Western New York Planned Giving Consortium during a sold-out luncheon at Daemen College's Wick Center in Amherst from noon to 1:30 p.m. A waiting list has been created. Tickets are $20 for members of one of the two groups or $30 for nonmembers. Call 879-0941.

At 7:30 p.m., he will also address the 101st annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo at the Jewish Community Center on North Forest Road in Amherst. The event is free, but seating is limited. Call 886-7750 for tickets.

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