NY AG Questions Charities on Sandy Relief

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York’s Attorney General plans to ask at least 50 charities to clarify what they’re doing with hundreds of millions of dollars raised to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman questioned whether aid money has been spent urgently enough in the nearly nine months since the storm. Some 40 percent of $575 million in donations were unspent as of early April. He is also interested in finding out how much money raised for Sandy relief actually went to organizational overhead or “non-Sandy” purposes.

“We understand that not every dollar can be spent right away, and some causes are best addressed over the long term,” Schneiderman said.

The report said that of the 89 groups it identified as raising funds for Sandy victims or the rebuilding effort, 17 acknowledged that at least some of the money they raised would be used on charitable endeavors not directly linked to Sandy.