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November 12, 2012

Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Unhappy With Charity Fund

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has agreed to an outside audit of its fund for the families of people killed or injured in the 1995 bombing in the city amid complaints over how the money is being spent, reports The Wall Street Journal. A committee of victims' relatives had written to Gov. Mary Fallin questioning the use of donations to the fund for purposes other than direct aid to the families.

The fund collected $14.6-million from donors in the aftermath of the 1995 attack on a federal office building, which killed 168 people, about three-quarters of which has gone to victims for medical bills, education, and other costs. The fund has also supported relief efforts in other states and the endowment for a museum on the attack site, and currently has about $10-million on hand due to interest and investments.

Family members said were not satisfied with an audit and called for the fund to be shut down and its assets distributed to victims.