APNewsBreak: Senators want Newtown donations audit

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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 1:03 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's U.S. senators are calling for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money.

The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation released a plan this week to give $7.7 million to the families and survivors and to have committees decide on uses for the rest of the money.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy wrote a letter Friday calling for an audit to determine how to divide the money based on donor intent. The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, cites concerns that the determination that 70 percent of the money was meant to benefit victims' families was not reached through a verifiable, comprehensive analysis of contributions.

A foundation spokesman says decisions were based on donor intent.

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