Lieberman Will Advise Sandy Hook School Fund on Donations

The former U.S. Senator will advise the team that will decide how more than $8 million in donations are distributed.


One of the largest and most well-publicized funds for Sandy Hook Elementary School has gained a high-profile new partner.

Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman announced Thursday he will serve as an adviser to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund transition team, providing "critical council," according to the fund, in the decision on how to spend more than $8 million raised since December 14.

"I am honored to be asked to provide counsel to the team as they search for a sensible roadmap forward that ensures local input and oversight of the fund as well as responsible stewardship of the donations," said Lieberman in a statement. "I hope that all those involved are able to continue working together to support and strengthen the survivors and heal the community."

The Sandy Hook School Support Fund was established by the United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank days after the elementary school shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults on December 14. The transition team will have a say in how money is allocated, including management structure and priorities for disbursement, according to the release. Newtown residents, school board representatives and representatives of the bank and United Way serve on the team.

Transition team chairman and Newtown Selectman Will Rodgers said he was "honored" Lieberman accepted the request to serve as adviser.

"He knows the community well, and we hope that his contributions will reassure the community and the nation that the funds will be used thoughtfully," said Rodgers.

Representatives said donations for the fund has exceed $8 million. As reported on Newtown Patch, the fund raised nearly $3 million in the first week following the tragedy.

Carol Henner January 17, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman, the man who beat a hole in the war drum that led us into the Iraq War. How many thousands of people died so that we could find weapons of mass destruction that never existed? Lieberman is an author of mass tragedy and he’s the guy that’s going to help us with our grief. PLEASE FIND SOMEONE ELSE!
Len Destin January 18, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Wow - what tape is stuck in your 8 track player?
Jeff Wallace January 18, 2013 at 04:08 AM
Let me get this straight. You are asking a professional Congressman how to handle money?!
Truthteller January 18, 2013 at 05:18 AM
What, you'd rather have Rowland?
Bob Attanasio January 18, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Senator Lieberman is an excellent choice. He is one of the most respected people, formerly in Washington and certainly a well respected native son. When you talk about professional politicians being the wrong people to handle money - I agree - when they are on the political rise and have another election cycle. This is of-course not the case here.
take that January 18, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Why not have someone local run it. A professional who knows how to get their way with the politicians .........I know ......Mary Clark from the NRA ........she lives in town.
Bodie January 18, 2013 at 07:12 PM
not necessary
George S January 19, 2013 at 06:22 AM
The Iraq war is not merely some political issue that pundits argued about on TV news several years ago. Rather, the Iraq war is something hundreds of thousands still live with - and will always live with - because they will always miss the absent ones who were killed in that bloodbath. When you look at it from the perspectives of the victims - a high percentage of whom were civilians - and those who loved them, Lieberman's high-profile role in instigating and perpetuating the war makes him a rather jarring choice for this position.
Paul Higgins January 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM
Senator Lieberman was conned and coerced into supporting the invasion of Iraq just like the majority of Congress and the US population in general by the Bush administration. Everybody that questioned or challenged the invasion was being branded as anti-American, weak on terrorism, a traitor, etc. It turns out that Bush was either incredibly naive, grossly misinformed, or intentionally deceptive to finish the work his father left undone from 10 years prior. I think Lieberman is a good choice. He is a good man.
Bodie January 19, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I'm sorry I think former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman was part of the con job
Janice Rossi January 19, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I guess we shouldn't be suprised when this fund starts running a deficit
griffmike28 January 23, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Towns and schools decide each and every year how to spend money allocated for their educational and facility budgets. Why all of a sudden do they need outside assistance on the matter?
Lois Imbriano Barber February 24, 2013 at 01:53 PM
No way! This guy was the deciding vote for NOT getting a great affordable health care act. There are now thousands of Adam Lanzas who cannot afford the $80 - $120 per hour medical professionals charge for mental health care. Lieberman was known as the Senator from Aetna. He took campaign contributions form the Heath Care industry who wanted to kill the Affordable Heath Care Act. Lieberman is blaming violent video games and movies, and not mental health which is the true cause of this tragedy.


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