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Iowa Senator Grassley Demands Answers on Haiti Spending by Red Cross

In June, after an investigation into their work, the Red Cross came under fire for mismanagement of about $500 million donated to the organization for Haiti earthquake relief and reconstruction. Now, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley is asking for better answers, in an open letter to the organization. Among those demands are a breakdown of spending for all their projects in Haiti and an explanation of previously-noted internal delays.


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Sen. Grassley Demands Red Cross Disclose Haiti Spending — And Gives Them a Deadline

The “disappointed” Judiciary Committee chairman wants a detailed breakdown of spending on projects, overhead and other issues.

Justin Elliott, ProPublica

July 9, 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley is demanding the American Red Cross explain how it spent nearly half a billion dollars raised after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In a letter yesterday to Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern, the Iowa Republican gave the venerated charity until July 22 to answer 17 detailed questions, many of which it has never addressed publicly.

Grassley’s letter was prompted by a ProPublica and NPR report last month on how the charity broke multiple promises in its effort to help the impoverished country, including by building just six permanent homes.

“A few months ago I met with you and your team to discuss performance, improvements and whistleblower issues,” Grassley wrote. “I was assured that the Red Cross had made substantial steps forward in improving efficiencies and reducing waste, fraud and abuse within the organization. However, the recent news articles cast doubt on some representations made by the Red Cross.”

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