Brentwood gave Thousands to Charities
BRENTWOOD, Mo. (AP) -- A suburban St. Louis town is facing some criticism for giving out tens of thousands of dollars to charitable causes handpicked by the mayor.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the city of Brentwood gave out more than $45,000 in public money to several charities over the past five years. And while that may not be illegal, some say it raise questions about whether taxpayer money should be supporting benevolent causes and whether giving to religious organizations violates the principle of separation of church and state.
Resident Maureen Saunders, who petitioned the state to audit Brentwood, says individuals should decide on their own charitable giving.