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CLINTON FOUNDATION AND HAITI



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CLINTON FOUNDATION AND HAITI



THE CLINTONS BECAME EXTENSIVELY INVOLVED IN HAITI REBUILDING AFTER THE 2010 EARTHQUAKE THROUGH THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THE UNITED NATIONS, THE FOUNDATION, AND SEPARATE AID FUNDS
Washington Post: After Haiti’s 2010 Earthquake, The Clintons “Helped Mobilize An Effort In Which International Donors Pledged $10.4 Billion, Including $3.9 Billion From The United States.” “With former president Clinton assigned by the United Nations to head up the emergency recovery effort and Hillary Clinton guiding official U.S. assistance as secretary of state, the couple helped a relief effort that has included some of the world’s richest people, biggest celebrities and most successful businesses. The Clintons also helped mobilize an effort in which international donors pledged $10.4 billion, including $3.9 billion from the United States.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: Clinton Foundation Haiti Programs Include Helping “2,000 Small Farmers, An Artisan-Goods Company That Employs More Than 300 People, A Fish-Farming Operation, A Cholera Treatment Center And Improvements To Schools In Some Of Haiti’s Poorest Slums.” “Greg Milne, director of the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti Program, said projects include efforts that have helped more than 2,000 small farmers, an artisan-goods company that employs more than 300 people, a fish-farming operation, a cholera treatment center and improvements to schools in some of Haiti’s poorest slums.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: Clinton Successes “Have Come Amid Haiti’s Chaotic Political Situation… Which Is Marked By Endemic Corruption, Weak Institutions…That Have Historically Made It Extremely Difficult For Development Efforts To Succeed.” “Clinton supporters also point out that their successes have come amid Haiti’s chaotic political situation — parliament is not functioning and President Michel Martelly, dogged by scandal, is ruling with virtually no checks on his power — which is marked by endemic corruption, weak institutions, poverty, poor public education, terrible roads and other factors that have historically made it extremely difficult for development efforts to succeed.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: “The Clinton Foundation Has Spent More Than $30 Million In Haiti And Led Efforts Through The Clinton Global Initiative To Persuade Private Companies To Spend Vastly More.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
AND SOME HAVE CRITICIZED THEM FOR PERCEIVED SLOW PROGRESS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES…
Washington Post: “The Clintons Are Facing A Growing Backlash That Too Little Has Been Accomplished In The Past Five Years.” “Nevertheless, the Clintons are facing a growing backlash that too little has been accomplished in the past five years and that some of the most high-profile projects they have backed — including a just-opened Marriott, another luxury hotel and the industrial park — have helped foreign investors and Haiti’s wealthy elites more than its poor.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: “A 2011 Housing Expo That Cost More Than $2 Million, Including $500,000 From The Clinton Foundation…Has Resulted In Little More Than A Few Dozen Abandoned Model Homes Occupied By Squatters.” “Other Clinton-backed projects have not delivered on lofty promises: A 2011 housing expo that cost more than $2 million, including $500,000 from the Clinton Foundation, was supposed to be a model for thousands of new units but instead has resulted in little more than a few dozen abandoned model homes occupied by squatters.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
INCLUDING THE MUCH-HYPED CARACOL INDUSTRIAL PARK THAT SECRETARY CLINTON PERSONALLY PUSHED
Washington Post: “The Clintons…Were Enthusiastic Backers Of The Caracol Industrial Park,” Built By South Korean Garment Company Sae-A In Haiti, And Secretary Clinton Even Helped Secure Funding When She “Lobbied For The Project With South Korean Officials And Hosted Sae-A Executives In Washington.” “The Clintons also were enthusiastic backers of the Caracol Industrial Park, which was built on 600 acres of farmland just east of ­the port city Cap-Haitien… The Clintons helped Haitian officials identify Sae-A Trading Co., which operates factories across the developing world and sews garments for giants such as Target, Gap and Wal-Mart, as a potential major investor. As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, along with top aide Cheryl Mills, lobbied for the project with South Korean officials and hosted Sae-A executives in Washington to press the plan.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: The Clinton-Backed Caracol Industrial Park “Was Expected To Create More Than 60,000 Jobs.” “Landry Colas hugs former president Bill Clinton in 2012 to express his gratitude for the Caracol Industrial Park, one of the largest regional investment projects in Haiti, which was expected to create more than 60,000 jobs.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: The Main Occupant Of The Clinton-Backed Caracol Industrial Park “Employs About 4,500 People,” And Few Locals “Think The Plant Will Ever Create The Number Of Jobs Originally Promised.” “Today, Sae-A employs about 4,500 people. Company spokesman Lon Garwood said the operation has been steadily growing and will open a new facility next month. Henri-Claude Müller-Poitevien, a Haitian government official who works in the apparel industry, said the Caracol project is on schedule and continues to expand…Residents of the plant’s housing project say their land floods when it rains, and few said they think the plant will ever create the number of jobs originally promised…Each morning, crowds line up outside the park’s big front gate, which is guarded by four men in crisp khaki uniforms carrying shotguns. They wait in a sliver of shade next to a cinder-block wall, many holding résumés in envelopes. Most said they have been coming every day for months, waiting for jobs that pay about $5 a day.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
SOME OF CRITICIZED CLINTON HAITI INITIATIVES FOR A LACK OF FOCUS ON HAITI’S WORST-OFF CITIZENS…
Washington Post: Some Of The Most High-Profile Clinton Projects, “Including A Just-Opened Marriott, Another Luxury Hotel And The Industrial Park…Have Helped Foreign Investors And Haiti’s Wealthy Elites More Than Its Poor.” “Nevertheless, the Clintons are facing a growing backlash that too little has been accomplished in the past five years and that some of the most high-profile projects they have backed — including a just-opened Marriott, another luxury hotel and the industrial park — have helped foreign investors and Haiti’s wealthy elites more than its poor.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: “In January, Haitian Expatriates Picketed The Clinton Foundation’s New York Headquarters, Demanding To Know Why More Progress Has Not Been Made With The Billions In International Aid Pledged After The Quake.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: “Haitians Increasingly Complain That The Clintons’ Most Ambitious Plans Are Disconnected From The Realities Of Most People In The Poorest Country In The Western Hemisphere.” “But as the initial emergency response has evolved into efforts to ensure Haiti’s long-term development, Haitians increasingly complain that the Clintons’ most ambitious plans are disconnected from the realities of most people in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]


  • Washington Post: The Separate But Foundation-Supported “Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Invested More Than $2 Million In The Royal Oasis Hotel, Where A Sleek Suite With Hardwood Floors Costs More Than $200 A Night And The Shops Sell $150 Designer Purses.” “For instance, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund invested more than $2 million in the Royal Oasis hotel, where a sleek suite with hardwood floors costs more than $200 a night and the shops sell $150 designer purses and $120 men’s dress shirts. One recent afternoon, the hotel appeared largely empty, and with tourism hardly booming five years after the quake, locals fear it may be failing.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]


WHILE OTHERS HAVE POINTED TO REAL PROGRESS IN CLINTON-BACKED PROGRAMS TO CREATE JOBS, BUILD SCHOOLS, AND START HAITIAN BUSINESS

Washington Post: “Bill Clinton…Introduced Marriott Officials To Denis O’Brien, An Irish Telecom Billionaire Who Has Contributed Millions To The Clinton Foundation,” Though “No Clinton Money Was Invested” In The Resultant $45 Million Port-Au-Prince Hotel. “Bill Clinton also introduced Marriott officials to Denis O’Brien, an Irish telecom billionaire who has contributed millions to the Clinton Foundation. The result is a $45 million Marriott hotel that opened this month in central Port-au-Prince. O’Brien said no Clinton money was invested in the project. The ultra-modern hotel is adjacent to the headquarters of Digicel, a communications giant owned by O’Brien. When The Post visited recently, many, if not most, guests seemed to be foreign businessmen connected to Digicel.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]

Washington Post: “Clinton Defenders Argue That Hotels That Cater To Well-Heeled Foreign Guests Can Still Buy Local Products And Provide Local Jobs, And Those Guests Are Often Involved In Business Investments Or Aid Projects That Benefit The Neediest Haitians.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]

Washington Post: Clinton Foundation Donor “O’Brien Said His Hotel Employs 200 Haitians, Is Filled With Locally Purchased Art And Serves Food From Haiti.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]

Washington Post: Clinton Foundation Donor “O’Brien Leads The Haiti Action Network, A Collection Of Private Businesses That Have Committed Through The Clinton Global Initiative To Spend $500 Million On Projects In Haiti…He And His Company Just Built 150 Schools And Rebuilt Port-Au-Prince’s Historic Iron Market.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: A Doctor Leading A Haiti Rural Medical Care Program “Has Received More Than $1.8 Million From The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund…[And] Forged Partnerships At CGI Meetings…For A Variety Of Projects He Said Would Not Have Taken Place Without The Clinton Connection.” “Paul Farmer, a doctor whose Partners in Health has helped provide medical care in rural Haiti since the 1980s and whose health network has received more than $1.8 million from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund for a medical residency program, also praised the Clintons’ work. He said he forged partnerships at CGI meetings with private businesses and other charities for a variety of projects he said would not have taken place without the Clinton connection. He said that by any objective measure, Haiti has been improving, in part because of the Clintons’ efforts.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: A $914,000 Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Program “Has Helped Hundreds Of Haitians Turn Their Informal Street Businesses Into Formal Entities That Keep Records, Pay Taxes And Have Potential For Growth.” “‘I read that Bill Clinton is the most popular politician in America, but he couldn’t get elected mayor in Haiti today,’ said Jacky Lumarque, rector of Quisqueya University, a private school that was damaged in the earthquake and received $914,000 from the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to create an entrepreneurship center. Lumarque said the program has helped hundreds of Haitians turn their informal street businesses into formal entities that keep records, pay taxes and have potential for growth. He said it has been a huge success — but stands apart from the usual strategy of foreign groups, including the Clintons, who tend to favor projects imposed by well-meaning foreigners that are more ‘about Haiti’ than ‘for Haiti.’” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
THE FOUNDATION-BACKED CLINTON GIUSTRA ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP ACHIEVED SUCCESS IN PEANUT FARMING PROJECTS IN HAITI
Washington Post: “The Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp…Started With A $1.25 Million Grant From” A Partnernship Between Bill Clinton, Frank Giustra, And Carlos Slim, “Is Revolutionizing The Peanut-Farming Industry” In Haiti. “When Bill Clinton came here late last month to help inaugurate the new Marriott, he made a side trip by helicopter to Haiti’s central plateau to have a look at a Clinton-backed program that is revolutionizing the peanut-farming industry. The Acceso Peanut Enterprise Corp. was started with a $1.25 million grant from the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which is headed by Bill Clinton and Canadian mining executive and philanthropist Frank Giustra, as well as the charitable foundation of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. Acceso buys feed, fertilizer and fungicide at bulk rates, then sells them to farmers for far less than normal prices. Acceso also hires tractors for farmers who otherwise would be using an ox and plow.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
Washington Post: Through Acceso, Peanut Farming “Improvements Are Vastly Increasing Yields, Quality And Farmers’ Profits… [And Half Of Sales] Have Gone To Two Large Haitian Factories That Produce A Peanut-Based Paste That Is Given To Malnourished Children. “Robert Johnson, an American who runs the program, said the improvements are vastly increasing yields, quality and farmers’ profits. He said Acceso worked with about 1,000 farmers last year and bought about 120 metric tons of peanuts. This year, it expects to triple the number of farmers and buy almost five times as much peanut tonnage. At least half of Acceso’s sales have gone to two large Haitian factories that produce a peanut-based paste that is given to malnourished children. Most of the rest goes to local peanut-butter producers, he said. The program’s success, Johnson said, comes from its market-driven approach: It’s not a charity, it’s a business with a charitable purpose.” [Washington Post, 3/20/15]
WALL STREET JOURNAL COLUMNIST MARY O’GRADY CITED A CONTRACT BETWEEN TWO CLINTON DONORS FOR HAITI AID AS EVIDENCE OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST FOR THE CLINTONS
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: Both The InterAmerican Development Bank And “The Brazilian Construction Firm OAS” Have Given the Clinton Foundation Between $1 Million And $5 Million. “The Clinton Foundation lists the Brazilian construction firm OAS and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) as donors that have given it between $1 million and $5 million. Those relationships are worth learning more about.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: “The 2013 OAS Donation To The Clinton Foundation Deserves Attention Because Of The Power That Bill Clinton Has In Haiti, Where OAS Has Been Awarded IDB Contracts.” “OAS has been in the news because it is caught up in a corruption scandal centered on Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras. In November Brazilian police arrested three top OAS executives for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme involving inflated contracts and kickbacks. OAS denies the allegations. Closer to home the 2013 OAS donation to the Clinton Foundation deserves attention because of the power that Bill Clinton has in Haiti, where OAS has been awarded IDB contracts.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: “Development Banks Are The Butt Of Jokes Among Economists Because While They Claim To Fight Poverty They Are Mostly Good At Empire Building…The Same Might Be Said Of The Clintons In Haiti.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: Secretary Clinton’s Tenure At The State Department As Well As Bill Clinton’s Appointment As U.N. Special Envoy To Haiti “Gave The Clintons A Lot Of Power Of U.S. Foreign-Aid Decisions” There. “A few months after Hillary Clinton became secretary of state in 2009, Bill Clinton was named the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. That gave the Clintons a lot of power over U.S. foreign-aid decisions in the small country.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: After Bill Clinton “Was Named Co-Chair Of The Interim Haiti Recovery Commission” Following The 2010 Earthquake, “The State Department Began Directing Parties Interested In Competing For Haiti Contracts To The Clinton Foundation.” “They accumulated more influence after the 2010 earthquake, when Bill was named co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission. The State Department began directing parties interested in competing for Haiti contracts to the Clinton Foundation. Being on the right side of Bill matters if you want to benefit from U.S. foreign aid destined for Haiti.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: IDB Finance Specialist Mariela Antiga Was Fired From Her Work In Haiti After She “Had Objected To An April 2009 OAS Road Contract.” “Mariela Antiga arrived in Haiti a few months before Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state. She had signed a three-year contract with the IDB as an in-country finance specialist whose job it was to ensure the integrity of the bidding process and the validity of the contracts. But in March 2010 the IDB told her to pack her bags and leave Haiti… Ms. Antiga had objected to an April 2009 OAS road contract. Her concerns were echoed, according to the tribunal report, by two other employees.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: “The IDB’s Gifts Are Perhaps Easier To Understand Since The State Department Plays A Key Role In Approving The Bank’s U.S. Funding.” [Mary O’Grady, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: The IDB Donated A Total Of $1,075,000 Over 5 Years For One Meeting And Seven Policy Forums. “The IDB told me in an email it made a 2014 donation to the Clinton Foundation of $150,000 for ‘The Future of the Americas Meeting.’ Between 2009 and 2013 it donated another $925,000 to ‘finance expenses and activities’ for the planning and design of ‘7 public policy forums . . . in which leaders on key topics relevant to the work of the Bank were able to exchange ideas, enhance their understanding and forge new and stronger partnerships.’” [Mary O’Grady column, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
Wall Street Journal’s Mary O’Grady: “Haiti Is Unlikely To Triumph Over Its Long Struggle Against Corruption When The U.S. Government Grants A Former U.S. President Wide Power, With Little Oversight, To Dispense Hundreds Of Millions In The Midst Of Such Destitution.” “The problem with the Clintons in Haiti is that everywhere you go, they are there with the appearance of a conflict of interest. Haiti is unlikely to triumph over its long struggle against corruption when the U.S. government grants a former U.S. president wide power, with little oversight, to dispense hundreds of millions in the midst of such destitution.” [Mary O’Grady column, Wall Street Journal, 3/8/15]
AND THESE CLAIMS WERE REFUTED BY CLINTON FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN BRUCE LINDSEY



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