(Freedom.news) Another day, another scandal involving the Obama administration. Honestly, it’s getting to the point where they are hard to keep up with.
This week’s winner is for U.S. senator, failed presidential candidate and current Secretary of State John Kerry. As reported by AMI Newswire, there is evidence of an “insider deal” in which Kerry’s daughter was able to create and secure government funding for her nonprofit group in less than three months:
During an 88-day period in 2011, Dr. Vanessa Kerry secured high-level meetings with State Department and Peace Corps officials, convinced them to create the new federal program and secured a pledge of State Department funding.
The funding was granted nearly a year later in the form of a no-bid contract.
In the years since, that non-profit group, now called Seed Global Health, has received $9 million in government funding. Touted as a “Peace Corps for doctors and nurses,” it helps place medical professionals in poor nations, including Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.
The federal records regarding Dr. Kerry’s contracts were uncovered and first reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
It raises new questions about insider deals and favoritism at the State Department.
Dr. Kerry’s father was a U.S. senator in 2011. The secretary of state was Hillary Clinton, who has been plagued by allegations that she played favorites and cut insider deals while in office, providing access and performing favors for donors to her family’s foundation.
Although the wheels of government are notoriously slow, the timeline assembled by AMI from official records reveals that Dr. Kerry’s nonprofit was created and approved with rare speed.
Dr. Kerry incorporated the nonprofit on Aug. 22, 2011.
Three weeks later, on Sept. 16, 2011, she met with Eric Goosby, the State Department’s global AIDS coordinator, Buck Buckingham, the Peace Corps’ director of global health and HIV, and Sarah Morgenthau, director of Peace Corps response.
At the time, her father chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees the State Department and the Peace Corps.
Dr. Kerry pitched a program to be called the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP). It would assist the Peace Corps in training medical personnel in countries with critical shortages of health-care providers, as a 2015 contract renewal stated.
Just two months later, on Nov. 18, 2011, Dr. Kerry learned that the public funding to start the GHSP had been secured in a meeting with Buckingham, Morgenthau and other top officials.
At no point was a contract put out to bid.
The funding came on Sept 10, 2012, when the Peace Corps gave Global Health Services Corps a $2-million, no-bid contract funded from the State Department.
Three years later, on Sept. 10, 2015 — after her father had become secretary of state — the Peace Corps granted Dr. Kerry’s non-profit, then renamed Seed Global Health, a four-year, no-bid contract extension that included $6.4 million in State Department funding, the contracts show.
At some point, the Peace Corps also added $859,808 to the previous contract to cover unanticipated costs.
To justify the no-bid contract extension in 2015, Marie McLeod, who had replaced Buckingham, wrote that the Peace Corps conducted market research and was “unable to identify any potential partners which satisfy the needs of the GHSP program.”
Sure. And of all the organizations out there, only Dr. Kerry’s fit the solution.
It’s hard to figure out what is more angering about this – the fact that Kerry, like his predecessor Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee, is running State as a “pay for play” operation, or that these people think the rest of us are stupid enough to believe their lies.
Let’s face, Barack Obama has run his administration like a mob boss, breaking rules and laws and 240 years’ worth of constitutional precedence with impunity, then getting up in front of the cameras and smiling at us while telling us that’s just the way it is, and if we don’t like it, well, tough.
It’s difficult to say if Donald Trump is the one who can “fix” the corruption that is now present at every level of our government, but one thing is for sure: If Clinton wins in November, expect more of the same.
Andrew Cline of AMI Newswire contributed to this report.
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