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July 10, 2015

Sen. Grassley Seeks Details From Red Cross on Haiti Spending

Writing this week to the head of the American Red Cross, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley demanded greater disclosure of the charity's spending in post-earthquake Haiti, ProPublica writes.

The July 8 letter was prompted by a June ProPublica/NPR report — the latest in a series by the news outlets about the Red Cross — that alleged widespread waste and mismanagement in the aid group's handling of hundreds of millions of dollars it raised for Haiti relief.

In the letter to Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern, Mr. Grassley set a July 22 deadline for the charity to respond to 17 detailed questions about its Haiti operations. The Iowa Republican, a leading congressional watchdog of nonprofits, had previously questioned Red Cross leaders over prior investigative reports about the charity's finances and transparency.

The Red Cross, which has defended its work in Haiti, "welcome[s] the opportunity to respond to Senator Grassley's questions and set the record straight," spokeswoman Suzy DeFrancis said in a statement.