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Hotline established for people with Oklahoma City bombing fund concerns

The auditing firm hired to investigate management of an Oklahoma City bombing relief fund has established a toll-free information line people can call if they have concerns about how the money has been administered.
by Randy Ellis Published: January 12, 2013

Snyder said the telephone line will be active for at least 30 days, and perhaps much longer, depending on the course of the investigation. Messages will be monitored daily, he said.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation oversees the Disaster Relief Fund, one of many charitable funds established in response to the bombing, which left 168 dead and hundreds injured.

More than $40 million in donations flooded into various Oklahoma organizations after the disaster. Much of the money was quickly spent, but about $14.6 million eventually was consolidated into the foundation to provide for the long-term needs of bombing survivors.

The foundation since has distributed about $11.1 million for the benefit of more than 900 individuals, but still has about $10 million because of interest on investments.

Some bombing survivors have been pushing to have remaining funds divided among survivors.

by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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