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Aurora theater shooting victims to get funding by Thanksgiving

10:36 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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"I received a call from the governor and he asked me to come to Colorado," Feinberg said.

He got the call because of his track record. Feinberg handled the 9/11 compensation fund, the BP oil spill funds and the disbursement of money to victims of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Naturally, the governor thought Feinberg would be the best person to manage the funds donated to victims of the Aurora theater shootings.

For the past few months, victims and their families have been upset over the way the donated funds have been handled. The complaint is that the money was not given out fast enough.

That's where Feinberg comes in. On Thursday evening, he held one of two meetings with victims and their families to explain his ideas on how to disburse funds.

"You have to determine whose eligible and certainly the family of those who were killed those who were terribly physically injured. Priority must be given to families who confront financial uncertainty," Feinberg said. "Do we have enough money to also compensate those suffering mental trauma, because they were in the theaters? There's just not enough money for everyone."

He also answered questions from family members, many of whom were concerned about the funds and if they were handled correctly.

Just this week, several victims and their families asked the Colorado Attorney General and the Secretary of State to investigate Giving First and Community First Foundation, two groups that had collected donations.

Feingberg said he was in total agreement and said there will be a full, complete, and open audit of all funds.

Feingberg also told the crowd that his goal is to have the money disbursed before Thanksgiving. He asked everyone to submit their claim forms to him by Nov. 1, and once those are all in, he will begin the process of handing out money.

Feingberg is offering his services free of charge.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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