43 Newtown charities report raising $20.4 million


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.