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August 05, 2014

Audit Slams Spending by Calif. Arm of Federal Charity Drive

About half of $4-million in expenses claimed over seven years by the organization that ran the U.S. government's workplace charity campaign in California was misspent or unaccounted for, The Washington Examiner writes, citing a federal inspector general's report

The nearly $2-million in questionable costs from 2005 to 2012 included a $112,000 down payment on a house, which Sacramento-based Metropolitan Arts Partnership sold at a profit shortly after it ceased working as a contractor for the Combined Federal Campaign. The organization, known as MAP, also spent tens of thousands of dollars in a given year on conferences, "donor recognition awards," and "special events," according to the audit by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's inspector general.

MAP's expense-to-donation ratio of 15.8 percent ranked 64th out of 66 groups that act as fiscal agents for the federal charity appeal and raised at least $1-million, Many of the organization's claimed expenses "were expressly unallowable," eating into funds due to participating charities, auditors wrote. The partnership's longtime executive director, Michelle Walker, died last year. Its board president, Gerry Kamilos, did not return requests for comment.