Is Sarah Palin using Haiti to raise money for her 2012 campaign?

Is Sarah Palin using Haiti to raise money for her 2012 campaign?
The politically humorous idea of a politician stealing candy from a baby is being sadly outdone by Sarah Palin and her evangelist support crew of pals Graham & Co. As inconceivable as it may sound, it turns out that US tax dollars are being funneled from the United States Agency for International Development to Billy Graham’s charities for use in Christian proselytizing. But that money, it seems, is going straight to the campaign coffers of aspiring presidential candidate Sarah Palin who, in an attempt to convey her sincerity, even went to Haiti last year as part of a so-called charity mission. Samaritan’s Purse, the charity organization that primarily sponsored Mrs. Palin trip to Haiti has teamed up with Billy Graham Evangelistic Association with apparently two things in mind; one is to take the country of Haiti back from voodoo, despair, and sin, and the other is to raise millions of dollars through the tax payer-funded USAID that sadly Haitians may never see. As disingenuous as Graham’s intentions are, they probably still would not raise eyebrows had it not been for the fact that Billy Graham is actively building Sarah Palin’s 2012 campaign.
The story of NGOs in Haiti is the saddest part of this whole recovery process, and unfortunately Sarah Palin is not the only one to actively seek to profit from the earthquake disaster that struck the country in 2010. Haiti has become a massively swelled teat on which NGOs profitably suckle, and much of the money that has been raised in Haiti’s name has not been spent. Haitian-owned firms have received less than 2% of all the contracts that have been awarded for the reconstruction effort. An audit by USAID’s Inspector General found that 70% of the cash awarded to the two largest U.S contractors was spent on equipment and materials (bought outside of Haiti), meaning just 8,000 Haitians a day were hired instead of the promised 25,000 a day.


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