January 17, 2013

Lieberman to advise Newtown on use of donations

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman has agreed to help Newtown set up a structure to deal with the millions of dollars in donations it has received since last month's shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, The Associated Press reports.

The town has appointed a five-member transition team as it works to establish a foundation to administer the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which has received more than $8.4 million in donations.

Lieberman, who served in the Senate for 24 years before retiring this month, plans to meet with the team on Friday.

The money has not been designated for any specific purpose, such as scholarships or a memorial.

Selectman Will Rodgers, who is heading the team, has said officials don't expect to make any disbursement decisions for several months.

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