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August 18, 2014

Red Cross Details Post-Sandy Efforts

New details have emerged on how the American Red Cross spent the more than $300 million it raised following Superstorm Sandy, ProPublica reports.

So far, the organization has used roughly three-quarters of the $312-million raised, with just under $130-million going to "financial assistance" and $46-million dedicated to the deployment of staff and volunteers. The revelations are part of a 108-page document the Red Cross sent ProPublica, which for months has been pushing the group to further explain how it distributed funds earmakred for Sandy relief.

The Red Cross initially blanched, telling ProPublica that a letter it sent to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in 2013 contained trade secrets. The organization has now released that letter along with other details because, according to a company spokeswoman, "it simply isn't worth our time and resources to continue these efforts over a year-old letter."