The Red Cross did great work in Galveston County after Hurricane Ike. No doubt it has done great work in the Northeast after Superstorm Sandy.

But the charitable agency must be forthcoming in how it spends money people donate to benefit storm victims.

After Sandy struck the East Coast — New York and New Jersey were particularly hard hit — donors contributed more than $300 million to the Red Cross.

ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization, has been trying to get an accounting of how the money was used. ProPublica complained that the Red Cross had hired a law firm to fight a request for information filed in New York.

Any argument for secrecy is a bad argument. One of the reasons so many people are willing to donate to large, reputable nonprofit groups is that they trust that their contributions are being used wisely.

That trust is possible only when the books are open.

 • Heber Taylor

(2) comments

Mike Leahy

Although self-serving, nonetheless your opinion is absolutely correct in this case, Heber. That is 3 times so far this year that I agree with one of your editorials!

If we can occasionally close the gap, why can't Congress???

PD Hyatt

Mr. Taylor I do believe if you would look back on the track record of Red Cross this secrecy of theirs has been a problem for many years. This is not the first time people have asked these questions to them about where this money goes, and I am sure it will not be the last as they do not like for people to be in their business. That is why I will not give them one penny....

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