Role of Hillary Clinton’s brother in Haiti gold mine raises eyebrows
"It also has become a potentially problematic issue for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she considers a second presidential run, after it was revealed this month that in 2013, one of her brothers was added to the advisory board of the company that owns the mine.
Tony Rodhams involvement with the mine, which has become a source of controversy in Haiti because of concern about potential environmental damage and the belief that the project will primarily benefit foreign investors, was first revealed in publicity about an upcoming book on the Clintons by author Peter Schweizer.
In interviews with The Washington Post, both Rodham and the chief executive of Delaware-based VCS Mining said they were introduced at a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation that critics have long alleged invites a blurring of its charitable mission with the business interests of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their corporate donors.[/b
Rodham said he has not been involved in any other deals through connections made at CGI. He said that he has never spoken to his sister or her husband about the Haiti project and that he does not think VCS chief executive and president Angelo Viard, a Democratic donor, approached him because of his family ties. Rodham declined to say who introduced him to Viard; Viard said he could not remember.
Viard said that he paid to become a member of CGI so he could attend two of the organizations meetings, and that he met Rodham at a gathering in 2012. (Foundation officials said Viard paid a $20,000 membership fee in 2013.)
You try to be a member so you can meet people in the same industry, Viard said. He said he attended CGI as a pure marketing operation.
The Clintons have been longtime advocates for development in Haiti, especially since the earthquake. Bill Clinton, as the United Nations special envoy to the nation, and Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, were primary forces in the emergency relief response and later efforts to create long-term development plans for the ravaged country.
But the Clintons image in Haiti has slipped in recent months as Haitians increasingly complain that Clinton-backed projects have often helped the countrys elite and international business investors more than they have helped poor Haitians.
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Helluva weekend: Madeline Albright, HRC getting defensive and stonewalling a request for transcripts of her paid speeches, now this, Oh, PLUS, Bill is now directly challenging Sanders' honesty.
This is unbelievable......and NH hasn't even voted yet.
The acknowledged, accomplished and probably pathological liar casting asparagus upon the most sincere man in politics today. You have to stand back and just bask in the deep fried chutzpah.
They get the gold. We get the shaft.