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AG questions charities on superstorm relief

NEW YORK — New York’s attorney general says he’ll ask at least 50 charities to be more transparent about what they’re doing with hundreds of millions of dollars raised to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

In a report released Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman questioned whether aid money was spent urgently enough in the months after the storm.

He said his office is interested in finding out how much of the money raised for Sandy relief actually went to organizational overhead or “non-Sandy” purposes.

The AG’s office sent a survey to charities. Those responding said that of the roughly $575 million they raised for storm relief through the spring, about $238 million remained unspent as of early April.

More current statistics on aid spending were not immediately available Wednesday.