Red Cross Says Hurricane Sandy Fundraising is ‘Trade Secret’

The Red Cross is fighting a public records request filed by ProPublica to disclose how it raised and spent $300-million in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the investigative news organization reports.

The Red Cross gave some information about its Sandy-related activities to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, but has resisted publicly releasing details, arguing that they are a “trade secret.”

Donors gave some $312-million following the storm, which ravaged coastal areas in New Jersey and New York in October 2012.

ProPublica filed a public records request for the information shared with the attorney general. A law firm representing the Red Cross is seeking to have portions of the documents redacted.

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