The Red Cross is so reluctant to disclose how it spent the more than $300 million it raised for Hurricane Sandy that it hired a law firm to block a Freedom of Information Act request and declared its Sandy information is a "trade secret," according to ProPublica.
ProPublica has been investigating the way the Red Cross spends donor money for several months now and the organization hasn't been exactly forthcoming with details. Recently, ProPublica asked the Red Cross to disclose documents being provided to New York's attorney general's office (which is also investigating the charity). The Red Cross declined, which led to the ProPublica FOIA request, which led to the hot shot law firm petitioning the attorney general on the basis that the information is a "trade secret."
Specifically, disclosing the documents could cause the Red Cross "competitive harm because its competitors would be able to mimic the American Red Cross's business model for an increased competitive advantage," according to a letter sent to the attorney general by the Red Cross's lawyers. Because apparently other charities want to know how an organization being investigated by the press and the government does business. The attorney general agreed to redact parts of the documents.