NEPTUNE, N.J. (AP) — A newspaper investigation has raised questions about the operations of a charity formed to help people affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/UTrZCg) reports the Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation has raised $1 million, but has distributed few funds so far. The report also notes the charity presents itself as a tax-exempt organization, which it is not, and also is not registered in New Jersey to operate as a charity.
The charity, run by a Sparta couple, solicits funds on its website (www.sandyrelief.org) using the name of a legally registered charity headed by New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. State law prohibits such practices.
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