43 Newtown charities report raising $20.4 million

4/16/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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A child sits on a Newtown bus leaving the new Sandy Hook Elementary School on the first day of classes in Monroe, Conn., Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Classes resumed Thursday for the students of the school where a gunman last month burst in and killed 20 children and six adults before killing himself. It was the second largest school shooting in the U.S. history. With their school still being treated as a crime scene, the more than 400 students of Sandy Hook Elementary School attended classes at the neighboring town's Chalk School. AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut officials say 43 charities that collected funds after the Newtown school shooting report raising nearly $20.4 million and distributing nearly $2.9 million of that money.

State Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Protection Department Commissioner William Rubenstein said today that they identified 69 charities involved with raising money after the Dec. 14 massacre. Each were contacted by letter and asked to respond to a short survey.

Jepsen’s office plans to follow up with charities that didn’t respond.

The foundation handling the largest charitable fund, worth $11 million, voted this month to release $4 million to a distribution committee that has not yet been named.

That $4 million is expected to be dispersed directly to families of the victims, 12 children who escaped and two people who were injured.