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Unresolved problem segment tonight whenever there's a big disaster billions of dollars flow into helping the victims in the hurricane sandy situation is no exception.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo plans to spend thirty billion.
Taxpayer dollars on recovery and in the private sector 400 million dollars has already been donated primarily to help folks in New Jersey New York.
Some of that money came from a huge benefit concert a few weeks ago.
Put on by a bunch of famous rock stars at Madison square garden and whenever you have this kind of exposition.
Lot of fingers in the financial pie.
Joining us now from Washington -- smile it's the executive director of the disaster accountability project so let's start with the rock concert the money raised there.
Going to the Robin Hood Foundation -- myself give it.
That foundation nice donation.
Are -- doing the right thing.
-- -- made out 200 grant so far spent about 2030%.
Of of what they raise so that's that's not bad for an organization that sort of operating like community foundation where they're really funding on a wide range of organizations across the area.
But when the folks including me here only twenty to 30% has been donated and remember that storm.
All right hit.
How -- I mean it was right before Halloween.
So we say wait a minute you know we're approaching February only twenty to 30% even if you are cover agency.
That's giving out grants and of course you have to check out -- -- giving money to.
It doesn't seem.
-- -- -- Well if if it of the -- that quick doesn't speak so well for a lot of other actors.
You -- it the group that raise the most money 250 million dollars the American Red Cross.
Only spending about 40% and their job is really more mass care which is the urgent.
Disaster relief services that let me on us sheltering food and immediate health services does -- think that -- spent on their money a lot faster based on their responsibility.
So the word cross has been a little ponder is we don't know about the Robin Hood Foundation.
The Robin Hood Foundation in the Red Cross had they been transparent.
Because your organization is there as a watchdog group to see that the money gets where they've been transparent with you.
With us no unfortunately not and -- -- organization has been transparent with you.
Not this time there of the Red Cross respondents are he's survey but not not -- so far so that's that's not good.
We want to Robin Hood Foundation in -- Red Cross to cooperate and say this is what we're doing.
And this is why we're doing we ran the same problem with the united way after 9/11 you may remember that investigation that we did.
Now the other thing is that it's very very cold here in the northeast now and we got people out in Staten Island other places still don't have heat.
It seems to me with all of this money that you'd be able to buy these people big portable heater.
And just give it to one -- having their house you know this is what I'm talking about here.
Right and they have good strong enough in -- and they have enough technology for for weather forecasting that they could have predicted.
This coming along and in organizations could have deployed services in the end really should be acting -- the same urgency as their fundraising efforts and we all remember all the fundraising efforts after San.
Everybody gave money and then -- rock stars gave their time in the event can be the other quickly.
You know this is -- -- to me on and I asked you now to give me a grade based upon what's happening in the private sector.
All right -- being the best performance -- being the worst performance.
Of all the private -- Three or more times what they've raised and then with organizations that don't respond to surveys -- have raised 250 million dollars and it's.
You really can't figure out what they're doing from day today and it's.
Are so it -- you know we'll end on a positive note give me somebody and it's really doing well also when the folks wanna donate they -- -- to go.
Well I would say if it's not as if not it's clear cut as that as hard -- -- endorse but if you liked it sorrow with a Smart response dot org food bank of New York City.
Has since 74% and eight million they've raised city means meals on wheels has been three times the 615.
Thousand dollars -- -- -- Ends.
-- usually local organizations that.
-- have worked in that in their region affected for a long time.
Know the community really well and are -- -- -- do better rather than the big giant.
Once -- makes sense but in instead of -- knee jerk reaction it's good do some homework.
Look look to see which organizations actually have the capacity to respond and and then fund them OK generous this must think very much we appreciate -- play.
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