IRS asked to probe Newtown-related charity

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – The federal government is being asked to look into a charity accused of misappropriating funds meant for those affected by the 2012 mass shooting at a Connecticut school.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, sent a letter Tuesday to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (KAHS’-kihn-ihn) calling for an investigation of the 26.4.26 Foundation.

The organization is based in Nashville, Tenn. Connecticut’s attorney general confirms that local investigations are underway in both states based on a complaint filed against Robbie Bruce, a co-founder of the foundation.

His former partner, Ryan Graney, filed that complaint. She has told The Associated Press that only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the charity went to the intended recipients. She says Bruce has not accounted for the rest of the money and cut off contact.