Ethics Watchdog Calls for Internal Probe of State Department Favoritism Toward Kerry’s Daughter
FACT Wants Over $9 Million Directed to Vanessa Kerry’s Non-Profit Investigated
(Washington, D.C.) – October 11, 2016- The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a non-partisan ethics watchdog group directed by former U.S. Attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, today, has asked the State Department Inspector General, Steve A. Linick, for a comprehensive investigation into reports that millions of taxpayer dollars were steered to a non-profit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter.
Last month, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported that “more than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter.” According to reports, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, with the help of the State Department, created a Peace Corp program called Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), which according to its website “helps address critical shortages of health care professionals globally by sending physicians and nurses to work alongside local medical and nursing faculty” in developing countries. Government officials then “colluded” with Dr. Kerry to make sure her foundation, Seed Global Health, would get the no-bid contract to run the GHSP Program she created.
“It appears in this case the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to how the State Department is being run, then by Hillary Clinton and now John Kerry, as a bank to reward family and friends” said Matthew Whitaker, Executive Director, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT). “What’s particularly disturbing about this case is that the State Department clearly lied when they said Kerry had no role in his daughter’s program, as evidence shows Kerry not only publicly praised its work, but announced continued funding for its operation,” added Whitaker.
According to FACT, this act of using government resources to provide a special and significant financial benefit to a family member’s philanthropic interest, especially without competition, is a blatant violation of ethics rules. The complaint cites the following:
“Ethics rules require that a government employee ‘shall act impartially and shall not give preferential treatment to any private individual or organization’ when performing government duties. 5 CFR § 2365.101(b)(8). Specifically, a government employees is prohibited from using his position for the private gain of relatives, whether directly or through an affiliation with a nonprofit organization. 5 C.F.R. § 2635.702. Essentially, a government employee is prohibited from acting to benefit an individual based upon a personal relationship, including any actions that create even an appearance of an ethical violation. 5 C.F.R. § 2365.101(b)(14).”
A full copy of the complaint can be read here.
FACT (http://www.factdc.org/) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting accountability, ethics, and transparency in government and civic arenas. It’s Executive Director, Matthew Whitaker, previously served as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa from 2004-2009.