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CLINTON HAITIAN CORRUPTION CASE STUDY: CARACOL INDUSTRIAL PLANT

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The Clinton Foundation And Clinton State Department Worked Together To Get Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Grants To Build A New Haitian Industrial Park, Which Benefited Large Foundation Donors


In The Wake Of The Haitian Earthquake, The Clinton State Department Prioritized Clinton Friends In Order To Get Access To The Country For Profit
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In The Wake Of The Haitian Earthquake, “Numerous Messages Show A Senior Aide To Then–Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton Coordinating With A Clinton Foundation Official” In Order To Get Access Into The Country For “Friends Of Bill Clinton.” “In a series of candid email exchanges with top Clinton Foundation officials during the hours after the massive 2010 Haiti earthquake, a senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly gave special attention to those identified by the abbreviations ‘FOB’ (friends of Bill Clinton) or ‘WJC VIPs’ (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs). … The new emails have surfaced as the Clinton Foundation has once again mobilized a response to the latest humanitarian crisis in Haiti — the death and destruction following Hurricane Matthew. That effort is part of an ongoing commitment by the Clintons to help the Haitian people dating back nearly a decade. However noble the motives of the officials working to get supplies into Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, numerous messages show a senior aide to then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton coordinating with a Clinton Foundation official to identify FOBs.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “’FOBs’: How Hillary’s State Dept. Gave Special Attention To ‘Friends of Bill’ After Haiti Quake,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

  • ABC News: “‘FOBs’: How Hillary’s State Dept. Gave Special Attention To ‘Friends of Bill’ After Haiti Quake” (ABC News, 10/11/16)

“The Emails Appear To Show A State Department Process That At Times Prioritized — And, Some Argue, Benefited — People With Close Ties To The Clintons.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “’FOBs’: How Hillary’s State Dept. Gave Special Attention To ‘Friends of Bill’ After Haiti Quake,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

A “Diplomatic Cable” Called The Haitian Earthquake Reconstruction Process A “‘Gold Rush’ For Government Contractors And Aid Groups.” “However noble the motives of the officials working to get supplies into Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, numerous messages show a senior aide to then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton coordinating with a Clinton Foundation official to identify FOBs. … Scarcely a month into the reconstruction process, it was being described in a diplomatic cable as a ‘gold rush’ for government contractors and aid groups.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “’FOBs’: How Hillary’s State Dept. Gave Special Attention To ‘Friends of Bill’ After Haiti Quake,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

In The Wake Of The Haitian Earthquake, Clinton’s State Department And The Clinton Foundation Promoted The Creation Of An Industrial Park In Haiti:

In The Aftermath Of The Haitian Earthquake, The U.S. Government And The Clinton State Department Promoted The Creation Of An Industrial Park In Caracol, Haiti. “No project received as much attention from the Clintons as the long-discussed industrial park and garment factory built a six hour drive north of the Haitian capital, in a speck of a town called Caracol. The location was well beyond the destructive earthquake’s epicenter, in a rural part of the country left largely untouched by the disaster. But economists working with the State Department argued that drawing residents out of densely populated Port-au-Prince to more rural areas would help make Haiti more resilient. The project, strongly backed by the U.S. government, held great promise.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

The Clinton Foundation Has Boasted Of Promoting The Caracol Project And Assisting With Its Development, Saying They Sought To “Attract New Tenants And Investments To The Park.” “In past interviews and assertions on its website, however, the foundation has embraced the Caracol project. One [Clinton Foundation] official, Greg Milne, was quoted in a press report saying the foundation ‘helped to promote Caracol as an investment destination and worked … to attract new tenants and investments to the park.’ The website adds that the foundation was part of the ‘collaboration’ to plan Caracol and ‘assisted with [its] development.’” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

The Project Was Financed With $400 Million In Global Aid:

The Caracol Industrial Plant Was Financed And Built With “$400 Million Of Global Aid.” “And an ABC News investigation has found that after opening its factory in the Haitian industrial park — built with $400 million of global aid — the Korean firm became a Clinton Foundation donor and its owner invested in a startup company owned by Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff. … No project received as much attention from the Clintons as the long-discussed industrial park and garment factory built a six hour drive north of the Haitian capital, in a speck of a town called Caracol.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

The Beneficiaries Of The Project Include Large Clinton Foundation Donors Like Wal-Mart And The Gap:

Large American Retailers Who Have Bought Clothes From The Caracol Factory Include Wal-Mart And The Gap. “No project received as much attention from the Clintons as the long-discussed industrial park and garment factory built a six hour drive north of the Haitian capital, in a speck of a town called Caracol. … Large American retailers, including Wal-Mart and Gap Inc., have served as buyers for the clothes shipped from Haiti to the U.S. with special U.S. tax breaks.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

“Wal-Mart Has Given $1 Million To $5 Million, And Gap Has Given $100,000 To $250,000 To The Foundation.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

The Main Tenant Of The Industrial Park – A Clinton Foundation Donor – Has Been Accused Of Sexually Harassing, Bullying and Abusing Their Employees:

The Anchor Tenant Of The Caracol Industrial Plant Is SAE-A, A Korean Garment Manufacturer. “No project received as much attention from the Clintons as the long-discussed industrial park and garment factory built a six hour drive north of the Haitian capital, in a speck of a town called Caracol. … And in 2012, SAE-A, the Korean garment company that was recruited to become the anchor tenant of the park, gave $50,000 to $100,000 to the foundation.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

SAE-A Has Given The Clinton Foundation Between $50,000 And $100,000. “And in 2012, SAE-A, the Korean garment company that was recruited to become the anchor tenant of the park, gave $50,000 to $100,000 to the [Clinton Foundation].” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

An April Report By “Better Work Haiti” Found The SAE-A Factory In Haiti “Noncompliant In The Areas Of Sexual Harassment, Bullying And Humiliation Of Employees.” “The invitation to SAE-A to anchor the industrial park occurred despite past allegations of worker abuse the company faced in Guatemala. … Now assertions against the company are emerging in Haiti, according to workers and labor advocates interviewed by ABC News. In April, a group called Better Work Haiti published a report finding the factory was noncompliant in the areas of sexual harassment, bullying and humiliation of employees.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

A Labor Organizer In Haiti Said “She Received Reports From SAE-A Workers That They Had To Provide Sexual Favors To Supervisors In Order To Obtain Jobs In The Factory.” “Yannick Etienne, a labor organizer, told ABC News she received reports from SAE-A workers that they had to provide sexual favors to supervisors in order to obtain jobs in the factory.” (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross, Brian Epstein And Cho Park, “In Haiti, A Factory Where Big Money, State Department And The Clintons Meet,” ABC News, 10/11/16)

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