Sandy Fundraising by Charities to Be Tracked by New York

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is requesting information from charities on fundraising related to Hurricane Sandy to ensure that money is spent on storm relief.

The attorney general’s office sent letters to 75 nonprofit groups requesting information on their fundraising and relief activities, Schneiderman said today in a statement. The office’s charities bureau will compile the information and report it online.

“In light of the importance of the recovery efforts, and the enormous amount of money raised in such a short period of time, it is critical that donors know where their money is going, and that funds are spent responsibly,” Schneiderman said.

The charities include the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, City Harvest, Habitat for Humanity International, the Jewish Federations of North America Inc., Robin Hood Foundation and United Way of New York City.

The attorney general’s office on Nov. 15 said it notified 13 gas-station operators of plans to bring enforcement actions against them for alleged price-gouging after Sandy. Schneiderman is also investigating utility providers Long Island Power Authority and Consolidated Edison Inc. (ED) over their preparedness and response to the storm.

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