The U.S. State Department, run by Secretary of State John Kerry has funneled more than $9 million to his daughter’s nonprofit foundation. According to reports, Secretary knew about the program as he discussed an extension from the State Department’s funding in 2014.
What we’re talking about here is a multi-million-dollar effort that will strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers to deliver lifesaving HIV services,” Kerry said in December 2014, at a World AIDS Day event. “[I]t will build on the Global Health Service Partnership with Peace Corps and Seed Global Health.”
These previous comments contradict State Department officials who say Kerry played no role in official decisions to funnel $9 million to the foundation.
The $9 million went to Seed Global Health — a nonprofit founded and managed by Dr. Vanessa Kerry — through the Peace Corps. The funds were awarded under the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) that Kerry’s daughter created in conjunction with officials from both agencies. The agencies then funded the nonprofit organization they helped bring into being.
Internal memos reveal bureaucrats worked with Vanessa Kerry to ensure she would get the contract without having to compete for it and assured her of such in a 2011 meeting — a year before the partnership was approved.
Peace Corps directors Buck Buckingham and Sarah Morgenthau and U.S. Ambassador Eric Goosby, who oversaw the State Department funding the contract, assured Vanessa Kerry her organization would get the contract by using a special grant mechanism fast-tracking the approval process.
Minutes from the 2011 meeting state: “Buck obtained clarity of the mechanism by which federal money will be provided to (SGH). . . The process can be fast tracked and non-competed through a specific grant mechanism.”
While John Kerry was serving as secretary of State, the State Department granted a four-year contract extension to SGH worth $6.4 million without competition in 2015. The extension seems to violate the Peace Corps’s own contracting policies, which typically limits non-competitive funding to five years.
The money trail raises questions about the integrity of the State Department. Its collusion with SGH is reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s involvement with the Clinton Foundation.
Although John Kerry’s level of involvement in the deal remains unclear, at the very least his connections to the people who hold the purse strings certainly didn’t hurt his daughter’s endeavors to snag taxpayer funding for her project.