HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Department of Consumer Protection commissioner says despite the chaotic and splintered nature of the charitable giving following the Newtown school shooting, there was minimal outright fraud.
Appearing before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Friday, William Rubenstein (ROO'-bin-steen) said more than $20 million was raised by numerous groups following the December 2012 massacre, which donations from around the country and the world.
Rubenstein said the shooting was unlike other events that spark charitable giving, such as natural disasters. He said there were few known charities involved with raising money. Rather, new entities popped up to collect money for memorials, scholarships, the victims' families and other causes.
Rubenstein said that prompted his office and the state Attorney General to issue public advisories, warning people to give responsibly.
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