American Red Cross Won’t Divulge How It Spent Millions in Sandy Aid

NJ Spotlight | June 27, 2014 | Sandy
Says how it raised and distributed funds is ‘confidential information’ protected by ‘trade secret’ provisions

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What became of the money you donated to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Sandy?

Sorry, can’t tell you. It’s a trade secret.

At least that’s what lawyers for the famed charitable organization claimed in response to a request by ProPublica for public records related to how it raised and spent more than $300 million in Sandy relief funds.

The documents include “internal and proprietary methodology and procedures for fundraising, confidential information about its internal operations, and confidential financial information,” wrote Gabrielle Levin of the law firm Gibson Dunn in a letter to the New York attorney general’s office.

Read the full report by Justin Elliott of ProPublica.