Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Oil spill scammers

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Oil continues to spew from the massive spill in the Gulf. Patches of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill are seen from an underwater vantage in the Gulf of Mexico south of Venice, Louisiana.

AP photo.

Every day, the news media conveys pictures showing the effects of the disaster. At the Fort Jackson Bird Rehabilitation Center in Buras, Louisiana, pelicans huddle together as they wait their turns for a bath to remove oil contamination.

LA Times photo

Naturally, good-hearted Americans want to help. Unscrupulous scammers are highly aware and are trying to take advantage.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is warning consumers to use caution before making any charitable donations. DATCP writes, “Scammers will use e-mails, websites, and telephone calls to make contact and solicit money - claiming they're raising money for environmental causes or other fraudulent services relating to the oil spill.”

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