U.S. Sen. Max Baucus of Montana says the legislative finance committee that he chairs is launching an investigation into a charity it suspects may be exploiting veterans.
The Democrat says the Disabled Veterans National Foundation has raised millions of dollars but very little went to disabled veterans. Large sums instead went to a marketing firm.
The Baucus-led Senate Finance Committee sent the foundation a letter on Wednesday notifying the group that its tax-exempt status would be investigated.
Baucus wrote that "an organization which purports to help disabled veterans and operates as a tax-exempt organization deserves special scrutiny."
Foundation officials say it helps veterans, such as by providing gift cards to hospitalized vets.
The Washington, D.C.,-based organization's website says seemingly high fundraising and marketing costs are needed get the organization started.