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Post by uppatoffee on 11.07.12 13:31

Thanks Tigger. Feel free to copy it to whichever thread. There are lots on very similar themes and wasn't sure where was best.


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Post by Cristobell on 11.07.12 17:47

@tigger wrote:From the Sun: Article by A.Lazzeri 10/7/12:

If you recognise a missing person from one of the ads, make sure you call 116 000.
If you spot a missingperson ring 116 000
YOU can also help Kate McCann’s campaign by donating to the charity Missing People.


A donation of £3 pays for a poster appeal for a missing child. And a gift of £10 pays for a volunteer to follow up a sighting.

Give £3 by texting SEARCH to 70990. Or give £10 by calling freephone 0800 MISSING (647 7464).


If you have information about Madeleine McCann ring the Find Madeleine team on 0845 838 4699, or contact the Met’s Operation Grange on 0207 321 9251. Unquote

Imo this will muddy the waters considerably to the extend that people will not be clear which cause they are donating their money to.
If people choose to donate money for a poster and a volunteer to follow up a sighting - which child do they choose? Or who does choose which child will be featured?
It is very likely that - thanks to advertising Madeleine separately here with a telephone number - most people will think they are donating to find Maddie.

Why should a volunteer need to be paid? Ten pounds isn't going to cover any worthwhile effort, it's a tip and an amount that most kind people will donate, thinking they are doing a good deed.

Madeleine McCann should not be separately mentioned in any publicity this REAL charity organisation undertakes.

I will be interested to see how the accounts of this charity compare with the Company of the McCanns. If for instance posters of Maddie will be provided by the Company and paid for by the Charity for Missing Children?

Is Mrs. McCann going to be charging for her services in the same way that Cherie Booth and Lady Meyer did with the PACT charity - to such an extend that their 'expenses' were nearly equal to the incoming funds?







Do the mccans still have a team? I thought Dave Edgar had resigned.


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Post by tigger on 11.08.12 9:02

The following link is from the blog 'Women in crime'. This part is particularly relevant as Pat Brown explains exactly how her own 'Fund' for finding Madeleine McCann is managed. Transparently so.

http://womenincrimeink.blogspot.nl/2011/11/freedom-of-speech-mccanns-and-searching.html

Here are the first three points:

1. I am not giving or receiving any monies from the McCanns' search fund.

2. At present, 50% of monies received from the sale of the Profile of the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will go to the Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund. The other 50% earned from the book is income, not donations. I am selling a product and do not have to donate all earnings (or any) to charitable causes (however, I do pro bono work on other cases as there are OTHER missing and murdered children and adults than Madeleine in this world, so part of my earnings through any means funds this). I have chosen to donate 50% of the book's earnings to my Maddie search fund since she is the focus of this book.

3. The Pat Brown Maddie Search Fund monies will be not be spent on a personal salary (any time spent will be pro bono). Monies will be used for expenses related to doing a search: travel, equipment, hiring of local PIs, or bringing in experts.
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Post by tigger on 28.08.12 19:29

it will be interesting to see whether in four months' time when the accounts of the Fund have to be submitted, the advance for the book will at last show up. Daily Express
By Padraic Flanagan
Friday March 11,2011
[...]

After signing the multi-million-pound publishing deal, Kate said: "My reason for writing is simple – to give an account of the truth.

[....]

"Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine. Nothing is more important to us than finding our little girl."


Publisher Transworld won the rights to the couple's account of Madeleine's baffling disappearance from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007.

Details of the deal have not been released but it reportedly includes a "substantial" advance and "enhanced royalties", giving the fund a bigger share of profits from sales of the expected best-seller. Bill Scott-Kerr, publisher at Transworld, said: "It is an enormous privilege to be publishing this book.

The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance formally ceased in July 2008 but private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search for the missing child.

Within weeks of Madeleine being snatched, just days before her fourth birthday as her parents dined with friends nearby, money from the public poured in to help fund the massive search for her.

But it emerged recently that the fund had dropped from its £2million peak to less than £300,000. The McCanns have also sent letters to public figures asking for money to help continue the hunt for their daughter.
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Post by pauline on 28.08.12 19:50

Tigger, I suspect the next accounts will be a mystery; mysteriously lacking in detail.

Maybe the book money was spent before there was time to put it into the Fund.

Maybe a new lead came in from one of their hot shot detectives just as Kate was thinking about thinking about putting on her coat to go to the bank - and she had to get the money to her team immediately because as you know time is of the essence in missing children cases.

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Post by tigger on 28.08.12 19:54

From:
http://themurdochempireanditsnestofvipers.blogspot.com.es/2012/04/leveson-newsinternational-is-clarence.html
Re: Clarence Mitchell:
5. Failing to explain that the ‘Helping to Find Madeleine Fund’ was not a charity
Interviewed by James Whale, Mitchell repeatedly refused to correct Whale when he referred to the McCanns’ fund as a ‘charity’. In fact, the Helping to Find Madeleine Fund is registered as a ‘private trust’; its aims are not charitable and include making payments to the McCanns.

6. Asking people to send money in envelopes to ‘Gerry and Kate, Rothley’
Asked on the same James Whale show how people could contribute to the fund, Mitchell said: “Just put money into an envelope and send to Kate and Gerry McCann, Rothley, it’ll get there”. That was unprofessional – monies should have been directed to the registered office for the Fund, namely London Solicitors Bates, Wells & Braithwaite. For example, monies sent in the post could be stolen en route or would not be properly accounted for.

7. Claiming that the Fund was ‘independently controlled’
Pressed about control of the ‘Helping to Find Madeleine Fund’, Clarence Mitchell claimed that the Fund was ‘independently controlled’. This is untrue. The Trust’s Directors consist mainly of members of the McCann family and their friends or acquaintances.
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Unfortunately I can't find the transcript of the James Whale show as the website which had it no longer responds.

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Post by tigger on 28.08.12 20:00

@pauline wrote:Tigger, I suspect the next accounts will be a mystery; mysteriously lacking in detail.

Maybe the book money was spent before there was time to put it into the Fund.

Maybe a new lead came in from one of their hot shot detectives just as Kate was thinking about thinking about putting on her coat to go to the bank - and she had to get the money to her team immediately because as you know time is of the essence in missing children cases.

That must be it! Probably someone even better than Oakley International - or Metodo3 - basically finding a 'detective' who wasn't likely to end up in prison after being engaged to find a lost child would have been a novelty.

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Post by tigger on 30.09.12 19:20

Just 'harvesting' McCannfiles for another purpose, this is too good to leave: We're talking 2008 here!

Madeleine's Fund down to £500,000 Leicester Mercury

By TOM PEGDEN
10:30 - 09 July 2008

The Madeleine McCann fighting fund is down to £500,000, the family's spokesman said today.

At one time, the fund, partly launched to pay for the investigation into the disappearance, stood at £1.1 million.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said that over the past year Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, had spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on private investigators searching for their missing daughter.

He spoke as Leicestershire police agreed to pass on to the family 81 pieces of information collected by them in the first days after the disappearance.

Mr Mitchell said: "The fund is approximately half spent, at about £500,000. Most of it is going on investigators.

"Money is still coming in, and every time Kate and Gerry do interviews a bit more comes in."

The fund - which is not a registered charity - was set up to pay for private detectives to investigate Madeleine's disappearance, to fund a website and to provide support, including financial assistance, for her family.

It was bolstered in March by a £550,000 libel settlement from the national Express group of newspapers, boosting the fund to £1.1million. Small amounts are still trickling in from the public. Last year, the Leicester Mercury's Bands of Hope wristband campaign, supported by thousands of readers, contributed a further £57,000.

Mr and Mrs McCann also have the support of several benefactors, including Richard Branson and Cheshire businessman Brian Kennedy, who have helped by funding libel actions and paying Mr Mitchell's salary. Mr Mitchell said: "The backers have not got open chequebooks, but they are supportive of the family. It is right that the legal bills should come from the backers."
[....]

The family also hope Portuguese authorities will agree to lift their official suspect - or arguido - status next month.

Anyone wishing to support the family can send cheques, payable to Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned, to Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Limited, PO Box 53133, London, E18 2YR.


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Post by tigger on 11.10.12 16:23

This is from the Amazon site on the book 'Madeleine', comments from the readers:

Cyr Jimenez Says:
February 8th, 2012 at 10:50 am

I can’t believe that nobody seems to have noticed Gerry’s blundering answer when, shortly after Madeleine’s ‘disappearance’, a reporter asked him. This is on record.
Q: ‘What is the purpose of the fund?’
R: It is to continue looking for Madeleine after the official search ends.
He was sure that none of the efforts of the Portuguese Authorities, Polícia Judiciária, Polícia de Segurança Pública, Polícia Marítima, etc. did stand a cat in hell chance of finding the unfortunate child.
The McCanns are the only people that NEVER looked for Madeleine/
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Post by Guest on 11.10.12 21:06

Don't know where to put this so here will do, is this a new initiative to text a £1 by phone, just seen this tweet ...............

[email=T***********@TR]T***********@TR[/email] ********

Compose newMadeleine's Fund launched By phone: Text "MADDIE" to 60999 and £1 will be taken from your phone for the Madeleine Fund. #mccann

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Post by sami on 11.10.12 22:16

candyfloss wrote:Don't know where to put this so here will do, is this a new initiative to text a £1 by phone, just seen this tweet ...............

[email=T***********@TR]T***********@TR[/email] ********

Compose newMadeleine's Fund launched By phone: Text "MADDIE" to 60999 and £1 will be taken from your phone for the Madeleine Fund. #mccann



Forgive me for being stupid, but what do the McCanns and their Limited Company require money for at this point in time ? Millions of pounds are being spent by Scotland Yard with their review and as far as I am aware the McCanns have no "detectives" working at present. Did Gerry not say when the review was announced he welcomed it so that it would take pressure off the fund ?

Perhaps if they lobbied the Portugese authorities in the correct manner, and simply asked for the investigation to be re-opened - it might actually happen and all for free.

Is there a law against a Limited Company asking people to just donate money to them by text ? A charity is a different matter, I am sure, but we are not dealing with a charity here. Now they are not even offering good quality wrist bands - you just give them money for the fun of it.

How far will they be allowed to go.

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Post by PeterMac on 11.10.12 22:41

If this is the same Cyr Jimenez who reported on his conversation, in Spanish with M3, reported on the site Faked Abduction . .. .
We have both tried to contact him, but has never replied.

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Post by Angelique on 11.10.12 23:05

Isn't this a form of begging ?

Does anyone know whether you can do this - certainly it does seem they are getting desperate. If it is legal anyone could do it!

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Post by Guest on 11.10.12 23:11

@Angelique wrote:Isn't this a form of begging ?

Does anyone know whether you can do this - certainly it does seem they are getting desperate. If it is legal anyone could do it!

It looks like this is from way back in 2007 according to the link on Joana Morais blog. It was just tweeted tonight though on the mccann hashtag.


http://joana-morais.blogspot.com/2011/12/chronological-record-of-madeleines-fund.html

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Post by tigger on 12.10.12 6:13

@Angelique wrote:Isn't this a form of begging ?

Does anyone know whether you can do this - certainly it does seem they are getting desperate. If it is legal anyone could do it!

Why should they be desperate? Kate has an ambassadorial job. Gerry is working full time.

There can't be a problem if the money from the advance from Transworld - definitely a six figure number the press reported and that makes sense - is in the Fund.
However, it still doesn't seem to have been added to the Fund if they are asking the public to not only contribute by buying the book but now this 'phone us a pound' campaign.

Yet: From the Sunday Express 10/4/2011:

Kate has said: "[...] Every penny we raise through its sales will be spent on our search for Madeleine."

So how come it hasn't appeared in the Fund and how come only 13% of the outgoings is spent on the search?

Phoning money to charities during particular campaigns of such charities is common.

For a ltd. Company whose accounts are nowhere near as transparent as was promised to the generous people and children who donated - in addition to having 40 + officers of Scotland Yard working on the case at a cost to the taxpayers - which is already sure to exceed 3 million pounds - imo that is unethical.
The good people of Britain have paid enough.

Another point: the only sightings of Madeleine McCann have come from the public - not from 'detectives' - the whole world is looking for free. As has been the case from the start.


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Post by aiyoyo on 12.10.12 7:53

It is my belief every Pound counts and matters for the mccanns because they have mounting legal fees.

The question is: how to make the public aware that the Fund is a Private Limited Company (not a Charity) meant strictly for the mccanns to spend as they like and very little of that goes to the Search. Refer people to look up their published audited accounts to verify for themselves.

Maybe complaints should be made to the Phone Provider that allows that kind of transaction, inform the Phone Co. that the Mccanns Fund is not a Charity thus legitimacy of the *phone-in* questionable unless they can confirm it does not breach any law. If I am not wrong, a percentage of the total *phone-in* amounts goes to the telecommunication company.
In fact if the Phone Co. allows a Pte Ltd to solicit money from the public by the *phone-in* compulsory deduction per call without first determining its legitimacy it can be deemed to be negligent. No excuse for being ignorant as businesses are not run by being ignorant of the laws.

Maybe a check with the Registry of Companies will also yield answer as to whether soliciting money by *phone-in* by pte ltd company breaches the ROC's Rules and Regulations.






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Post by tigger on 12.10.12 8:30

Aiyoyo wrote: It is my belief every Pound counts and matters for the mccanns because they have mounting legal fees.

Well, Messrs Carter Ruck have volunteered the information (some time ago) that the McCanns are paying them a monthly retainer.
Over the years that must have mounted up as we already know.

The pensioner they are taking to court is known not to have anywhere near the capital available to pay these costs, leave alone the fees of barristers etc. when the case finally comes before the judge. Even if all his property (house, car and so on) were to be impounded and sold, it will not meet the costs incurred.

It seems a terrible waste of money from the Fund. It may be that others are still paying legal costs - it is strange that the notion of paying legal costs arose so early - Kate's great-uncle Brian Kennedy stated on video that the Fund would be used for legal expenses. 16/5/07.
So why legal expenses so early - the internet and press had spread her image around the world, the police of two countries were working on the case and police in all other countries were aware of the case. Why did lawyers' fees figure in the case at all?
http://mccannfundfraud.info/2011/05/brian-kennedy-admits-madeleine-fund-was-for-legal-expenditure/

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Post by Guest on 12.10.12 10:49

I was inspired to go back and read Enid O'Dowds analysis of the fund's accounts again. It's a long read, but worthwhile to refresh memory ...

A review of the background to setting up the limited company Madeleine's Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned and a forensic examination of the company accounts
by Enid O'Dowd FCA

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id405.html

They have till December 31 to file last year's.

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Post by tigger on 26.10.12 18:23

McCanns' fury at TV freeze Sunday Mirror (No direct online link - FindArticles.com)

By STEPHEN MAGUIRE
Dec 2, 2007

MADELEINE McCann's family are furious with TV3 bosses who froze a bank account which was meant to be used to help find the missing girl.

Almost EUR25,000 was raised by viewers of the TV station, based in Dublin, when it launched the Missing Maddie Fund in June. But station bosses decided not to hand over the cash because the main Maddie Fund was not a registered charity.

Last night Kate and Gerry McCann's family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said he was very disappointed at the station's move.

He said: "We would appeal to them to think again and forward the cash on so it can be used for the purpose it was intended".

"In relation to the charitable status of the fund we took legal advice on this issue and were advised not to do this".

"But we want to assure people, including TV3, that every penny of the fund can be accounted for." The TV3 Maddie appeal was launched in a blaze of publicity on June 1 after huge viewer interest in the plight of the missing four-year-old.

Donations of EUR24,345 soon flooded in, and the cash remains in an account at the Allied Irish Bank headquarters in Ballsbridge, Co Dublin, gathering interest.

A spokesman for the station said earlier that if a registered charity is not set up for Maddie the money will be donated to a registered child protection cause.
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I'd like to know what happened to that money - in view of the lack of detail in the accounts of the Fund so far. Perhaps someone could contact TV3. Particularly in view of the marvellous work of Ms. O'Dowd on the analysis of the accounts.
We're waiting with bated breath to find the advance on royalties, said to be a six figure sum, in the next published accounts. Not long now. winkwink

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Post by Guest on 26.10.12 21:51

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Post by tigger on 27.10.12 7:12

[...] that every penny of the fund can be accounted for." [......] (from the above article)
I love the semantics (can isn't will)

Can be - but isn't as far as we an see from previously entered accounts and we're in year five now.

We could also worry about the very expensive detectives who to date haven't come up with anything other than a wide variety of possible suspects.
Millions have been spent, one is in jail now for fraud - and absolutely nothing has been done.
None of these detectives or detective agencies had any track record of finding lost children.

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Post by aiyoyo on 27.10.12 7:27

@tigger wrote:McCanns' fury at TV freeze Sunday Mirror (No direct online link - FindArticles.com)

By STEPHEN MAGUIRE
Dec 2, 2007

MADELEINE McCann's family are furious with TV3 bosses who froze a bank account which was meant to be used to help find the missing girl.

Almost EUR25,000 was raised by viewers of the TV station, based in Dublin, when it launched the Missing Maddie Fund in June. But station bosses decided not to hand over the cash because the main Maddie Fund was not a registered charity.

Last night Kate and Gerry McCann's family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said he was very disappointed at the station's move.

He said: "We would appeal to them to think again and forward the cash on so it can be used for the purpose it was intended".

"In relation to the charitable status of the fund we took legal advice on this issue and were advised not to do this".

"But we want to assure people, including TV3, that every penny of the fund can be accounted for." The TV3 Maddie appeal was launched in a blaze of publicity on June 1 after huge viewer interest in the plight of the missing four-year-old.

Donations of EUR24,345 soon flooded in, and the cash remains in an account at the Allied Irish Bank headquarters in Ballsbridge, Co Dublin, gathering interest.

A spokesman for the station said earlier that if a registered charity is not set up for Maddie the money will be donated to a registered child protection cause.
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I'd like to know what happened to that money - in view of the lack of detail in the accounts of the Fund so far. Perhaps someone could contact TV3. Particularly in view of the marvellous work of Ms. O'Dowd on the analysis of the accounts.
We're waiting with bated breath to find the advance on royalties, said to be a six figure sum, in the next published accounts. Not long now.

Yes it would interesting to know whether the tv station stuck to its gun or was persuaded/pressured (whichever) into handing the money over to the mccanns. I don't suppose the TV would divulge that info now.

However, Mccanns reported anger at the thought that the money would not be handed to them speaks volume. They take a lot for granted.
Very unbecoming behavior for a pair of doctors.

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Post by tigger on 27.10.12 7:56

Mmm, yes. 'McCanns' fury' - a favourite word of Ms Healy in her book, someone should count the number of times it is used in connection with herself or in connection with circumstances they didn't like.

'Sad - because the money given by the good people of Ireland couldn't be used to search for Maddie - would be more appropriate.

Fury - verbal stamping of feet - doesn't do it for me. Besides, Mitchell said every penny can(note: not will ) be accounted for. To the best of my knowledge, the accounts to date don't show that. Quite the opposite.

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Post by aiyoyo on 27.10.12 8:05

Promising the Fund can be (or will be) made transparency is good marketing and PR.
The right thing to say to ensure incoming donation.
It's a mind game, people will give on promising words like that.

What happens after does not really matter because what are the chances donors will ask for accounts.
Who is going to hold CM to account because his clients did not deliver on their promise?

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