According to new documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the State Department has issued more than $9 million to a nonprofit foundation started and run by the daughter of Secretary of State John Kerry.
The money, which was issued by the State Department over the course of three payments, was funneled through the Peace Corps’ Global Health Service Partnership and granted to Dr. Vanessa Kerry’s nonprofit — Seed Global Health — on a no-competition basis.
The first of these payments — worth $2 million — was awarded via a State Department contract on Sept. 10, 2012, at a time when her father served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
Three years later, in September 2015, the State Department renewed the agreement with Seed Global Health, granting a four-year extension to the terms, this time paying $6.4 million.
The final payment came in the form of a $1 million modification to the original contract in addition to State Department funds secured outside Peace Corps grants.
According to memos obtained by The Daily Caller, Kerry — along with Peace Corps Director Buck Buckingham, Sarah Morgenthau and Ambassador Eric Goosby — conspired to launch the program and took steps to assure Seed Global would be the recipient of taxpayer dollars.
“The public funding to start the GHSP is secured, it will come from OGAC [U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator] through [the Peace Corps] to support core HQ and field based activities, and to develop a sub-agreement to provide support to the foundation [Seed Global Health] for contributions for their work in this partnership,” read minutes from a Nov. 18, 2011, meeting.
@MonicaCrowley They don't have enough money of their own?????? Government leeches! Outrageous!
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“Buck obtained clarity of the mechanism by which federal money will be provided to [Seed] … The process can be fast tracked and non-competed through a specific grant mechanism,” the minutes elaborated.
Even more damning are indications within the meeting minutes that State Department officials attempted to hide the transfer — which they are required to disclose via congressional notification — by burying the information within larger budgets.
“The GHSP is a smaller line item in a multi-page document with multi-million dollar programs,” the minutes stated.
According to Seed Global’s website, the Peace Corps’ Global Health Services Partnership sends volunteer physicians and nurses to medical schools in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Liberia, servicing more than 13 locations with more than 40 clinical educators.
Vanessa Kerry drew a salary from her work with Seed Health Services for the first time in 2014, receiving roughly $140,000 in compensation for a reported 30 hours per week.
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