New Emails Reveal "Friends Of Bill" Got Special Access From State For Haiti Recovery Contracts

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Newly released emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the Republican National Committee, and subsequently shared with ABC News, reveal very open special treatment of "Friends of Bill" ("FOB" for short) by the State Department in granting access to recovery efforts in Haiti, in which $10 billion in emergency aid was spent after the 2010 earthquake. 

The emails show very close coordination between Caitlin Klevorick, a senior State Department official, and Amitabh Desai, the director of foreign policy for the Clinton Foundation, as they exchanged emails from Foundation donors looking to participate in the Haiti recovery efforts.  While many donors likely were just looking to make charitable contributions, others, as evidenced below, were simply looking to capture their "fair share" of $10 billion in emergency aid contracts doled out by the U.S. government.  

The following exchange between Klevorick and Dasai, with the subject line "Haiti Assistance," shows the State Department very clearly asking for "Friends of Bill" to be flagged for special consideration.

“Need you to flag when people are friends of WJC,” wrote Caitlin Klevorick, then a senior State Department official who was juggling incoming offers of assistance being funneled to the State Department by the Clinton Foundation. “Most I can probably ID but not all.”



Of course, this directly contradicts comments that Bill Clinton previously made to CBS' Charlie Rose just last month when he assured voters that "nothing was ever done for anybody because they were contributors to the foundation, nothing."

In another Klevorick and Dasai exchange, the State Department official asks “Is this a FOB!” saying that "If not, she should go to" (a general government website).



"I think when you look at both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation in Haiti, that line was pretty faint between the two,” said Jake Johnston, a Haiti analyst for the nonpartisan Center for Economic and Policy Research. “You had a lot of coordination and connection between the two, obviously. And I think that raises significant questions about how they were both operating.”

As ABC points out, one series of messages uncovers the efforts of billionaire Denis O’Brien, a longtime donor to the Clinton Foundation and the CEO of the Jamaica-based telecom firm Digicel, to fly relief supplies into Port-au-Prince and get employees of his company out.  But when O'Brien couldn't get access to land in Port-au-Prince "through conventional channels" he turns to long-time Clinton aide Doug Band for help.  Shortly thereafter, the request was elevated to the State Department in an email with the subject line "Close friend of the Clintons." 

“This WJC VIP just called again from Jamaica to say Digicel is being pushed by US Army to get comms back up but is not being cleared by [the U.S. government] to deploy into Haiti to do so,” Desai wrote in an email with the subject line “Close friend of Clintons.”


Later, O’Brien writes to longtime Clinton aide Doug Band to express frustration. “We’re finding it impossible to get landing slots,” he says. “I’m sorry to bother you but I am not making any progress through conventional channels.”


Band tasks Desai to “pls get on this,” telling O’Brien, “Never a bother.”


Desai then turns to Klevorick to help “a friend of President Clinton,” and the request is pushed up the chain of command to USAID officials organizing the relief effort.




The following exchange highlights a request from Clinton Foundation donor, Garry Mauro, who also ran Bill Clinton's presidential campaigns in Texas.  In this instance, DRC Emergency Services was seemingly compensated for their efforts with their website noting "having performed emergency response work at disasters around the globe, with over $2 billion in disaster response contracts."

Desai forwarded a note to Klevorick from Garry Mauro, who served twice as the Texas state chairman for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns and has donated $25,000 to $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation. The offer was for “major assets in Haiti” from a company called DRC Emergency Services. On its website, the company boasts of having performed emergency response work at disasters around the globe, with over $2 billion in disaster response contracts. Desai noted that Mauro was “a friend of WJC.”


Klevorick replied, “also note hrc friend,” using initials for Hillary Rodham Clinton. The email chain does not indicate if Mauro’s recommendation led to a contract for DRC, though the company’s website states, “Within 24 hours of the earthquake’s occurrence, DRC assembled and mobilized a team of highly experienced and dedicated personnel to Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.”


Mauro told ABC News he approached the Clinton Foundation on behalf of DRC after seeing on television that former Presidents Clinton and George H.W. Bush were raising money for the disaster. DRC had already been doing temporary housing work in Haiti, and company officials thought the earthquake would open the door to a major business expansion.


“They wanted to get some of the business,” he said of DRC. “The Clinton Foundation was a facilitator. They didn’t have the money."

Of course, we have no doubt that these scandalous revelations, like many others circling the Clinton campaign at the moment, will quickly be brushed under the carpet so the mainstream media can go back to focusing on Trump's "grab 'em by the pu$$y" comment.

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shimmy's picture

Blame Putin!

Blows my mind sheeple support those corrupt Clinton fuckers.

38BWD22's picture



From the article: (emphasis not mine):

"Of course, this directly contradicts comments that Bill Clinton previously made to CBS' Charlie Rose just last month when he assured voters that "nothing was ever done for anybody because they were contributors to the foundation, nothing."

Bwa ha ha.  Sure, Bill.


Frito's picture

That depends what your definition of "was" was

Whoa Dammit's picture

Emergency government contracts are typically no bid. I would be interesting for someone to FOIA the no bid contracts that were given out for the Haiti earthquake and see how many were Friends of Bill. I bet it was close to 100%.

Nekoti's picture

What I want to know is, with all these revelations coming about with all these e-mail releases/leaks, when the hell is someone goung to jail?

847328_3527's picture

Same as Katrina...same as "rebuilding" iraq. All went to insiders and friends.

bigkahuna's picture

eggcellent point - lest we forget...

Loftie's picture
Loftie (not verified) bigkahuna Oct 11, 2016 9:27 PM

W Bush/B. Clinton stole $5 Billion from the funds for Haiti. These dudes are in dire need of a Heart Adjustment.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) 38BWD22 Oct 11, 2016 7:32 PM

There are a million justifiable reasons why Benedict Hillary CANNOT be President.  This story concerns just one them.


Mr Pink's picture

the sheeple will never hear about it

enoch_root's picture

Wait for the email dump on TENEO and MF GLOBAL ... Clintons and Corzine bound together in one big motzah ball of corruption, kickbacks and small investor rorts.

Son of Loki's picture

Not nearly as bad as calling someone fat 32 years ago.

38BWD22's picture



Trump's now hitting a little harder, the WaPo has this (w/ Trump's new ad):

Joe Davola's picture

CBS- where the Clinton's go to lie.

nmewn's picture

"Why, this is outrageous! This is the sort of thing that only happens in third world countries under a despotic dictatorship!!!" - parroting .gov presstitude gallery owing their allegiance & patronage to the Baby Doc Clinton Crime Family

38BWD22's picture



My wife tells me that the Klintons are even more corrupt than the most brazen politicians in Peru.

That's pretty bad....

nmewn's picture

Brazen is the right word and this is only the shit we actually know about and can prove, Im positive its much worse.

38BWD22's picture



Looks like it's going to be a desperate race as to whether or not Team Klinton/MSM can put out sufficient garbage on Trump to erase the stench of just what has come out in the past 10 days or so on them.

It's really unbelievable how corrupt those two are.

nmewn's picture

Well, at least he came by his honestly ;-)

El Oregonian's picture

Believe me, the masks have been ripped off and they have all been exposed for what they truly are. Nobody is going to be able to put that fat ugly "Hillary" Genie back in her bottle.

38BWD22's picture



Erm, I wonder if maybe Hillary would put her mask back on...

Everybodys All American's picture

What he meant to say was we kept all the money and Haiti victims got nothing. Where is Obamas voice on all this corruption? Isn't he the almighty one?

nmewn's picture

"I ahhh, would like to errr, ahhh say that...ahhh, ehhh, if I had a son he would not look like Bill!!!"

Joe Davola's picture

"Michelle - how do you feel about rolling around in a big pile of Money? Good, have fun, I've got a 9 standing tee time!"

John_Coltrane's picture

Saw a video in which a reported asked Bill why he was doing all those $250K "talks".   His reply, "We've got bills, we gotta pay those bills"

Nice response!

larz's picture

Don't worry the hard hitting Charlie Rose will get to the bottom of that Clinton lie with fact checking and set the record straight.   

lakecity55's picture

I'm sure this graft issue is addressed on Hitlary's Fact Check page....

WestVillageIdiot's picture

"I preach idealism, and practice corruption.  I am a 'progressive'". 

nmewn's picture

And like all idealist "progressives" everyone else is expected to pay for their idealism when it falls on its face again.

I'm telling everyone right fucking now, BY LAW when a person is injured (as the people have been) there is a trial to find out who the guilty are and then there is the penalty phase of that trial.

We all know who the guilty are, there will be a penalty or there will be no law.

SoDamnMad's picture

And of course all these contracts just lifted Haiti out of the mud and made them self-sufficient after the earthquake.  But all the good work which was done was lifted up by the hurricane(and dropped into Kansas, Toto) and from the videos they are back to where they were in 2010.

Something about the Clinton Foundation money went to Bill's friend to buy up good land and start a specialty coffee company.

In the first rush of aid after the earthquake, just 1 percent of all donor funds available for emergency assistance was channeled to the government, while just 1.8 percent of reconstruction funds donated by other countries was spent on budget support for it. Haiti’s NGOs fared even worse, receiving just 0.4 percent of the international aid. Almost two-thirds of the rest of the money raised—in the billions—remains in the bank accounts of the aid money managers that were there before the quake: international NGOs, the World Bank, the UN, the Inter-American Development Bank and mostly Western building and consultancy firms. 

Creepy Ass Crackers's picture

Me too. I come back to ZH so I can be reassured that some people know what the hell is going on

El Oregonian's picture

Can we get a Special Prosecutor appointed by Trump and tag the correspondence "FOB" in order to expedite this prosecution of this whole ball of evil snakes?

Consuelo's picture



 Trust me when I suggest to you that these 'sheeple' you speak of are driven much more by hatred of what is right & good, than they are by the persona of the Clintons.

Katos's picture

Bill and Hillary Clinton stole billions from the Haitian relief funds. Bill built luxury hotels and accommodations for his cronie criminal buddies as he handed out contracts with kickback options of course. Bill allowed his buddies to move into Haiti and open sweat shops where they could get anything in the world made for 35 cents an hour! No benefits, no vacation,  no lunch or bathroom breaks. Bill gave Hillarys brother rule over the Haitian Gold mine where he raked off the cream while giving the Haitians,  NOTHING? The fact that these scumbags could steal from the poorest and most desperate people on the planet shows you what a bunch of fucking parasites they are. I'm sure Bill took full advantage of his Dick TATORS position on the island do to abuse as many 12 year old girls as he had the strength for. These people are not human! They are fucking animals!

evoila's picture

It blew Vince Fosters mind as well.

BabaLooey's picture

A co-worker today told me this;

"I'm voting for Hillary because Trump is going to take us to war."

I calmy asked him where he got his daily news from.

"I use Google News and The New York Times"

Then I asked him some lay up questions.

"What country imports the most oil into the U.S."


I told him Canada - he was shocked "really? No shit??"

"What percentage of Americans - according to the Census - identify as African-Americans?"


I told the correct answer was 13%...again...disbelief....told him to "Google" it....amazement on his face when he did.

"Who is the current Secretary of State?"

"I dunno"

I told him John Kerry - he retorted...." I thought Clinton still was"

"Who is this areas Congress-person?"

"I'm....not sure...Marco Rubio I think"

I told him John Mica (in this case) was. He had NO idea who he was.

"How many justices on the Supreme Court?"

"........................7..I think....wait........6!"

I told him 9 - but currently 8 were on it, as to the death of Justice Scalia - he didn't know that

Then I told him that Google and the New York Times owners donated to Hillary Clinton.

Google it if you don't believe me. Try "Google Eric Schmidt/Sergey Brin/Hillary Clinton"

He came back in the next break and said....."wow..I didn't know that!"

Then I gave him this web site. Told him to "surf it".

3 hours later......he walked up and said...."wow....I never ..............Jesus!"

.............and THAT why Clinton has ANY support.




Boris Badenov's picture

Please excuse my loud voice, NOTHING WAS DONE FOR HAITI!   

No accountability anywhere, wake up folks.

Kidbuck's picture

Ask not what you can do for Haiti, ask what Haiti can do for you.

balolalo's picture

HOW the fuck is this shocking???

TPTB HAVE BEEN privatizing government services for quite some time?

HOW MANY HAVE YOU SEEN THE PRIVATE FEMA ORG (non-profit) waiting in the wings to take over in the event of catastrophe?

They masquerade as a volunteer veteran nonprofit disaster relief group.   Bullshit after taken a deeper peak. 

team rubicon is a cia/psyop/OLIGARCH/police state shadow arm waiting in the wings and you have no idea they exist.

They have a bunker next to LAX.



Kidbuck's picture

When your free shit depends upon it, you will believe in anything.

Stackers's picture

Good ole Doug "we have nothing to do with the Clintons" Band ......

cherry picker's picture

Americans should go to DC wearing those masks they wore in the movie "V" and demand honesty, integrity and getting rid of all the pols that inhabit that snake's nest.

Berspankme's picture

A good 25 million man march might get their attention 

Billy the Poet's picture

Just stop participating. Let them do the marching.

cognitive dissident's picture

What a super idea! Of course! We can show our unity and disgust to uncaring, dismissive elites by reenacting a powerful scene from a film that predicted the kind of greed & fascism that they themselves willingly practice! And surely "V"'s protagonist Natalie Portman will join us becau --- oh, wait a minute --- she's from Israel and supports Hillary.

back to the drawing board...    

lakecity55's picture

Personally, I like the idea of a Giant Meteor landing right on the Capitol!

Imagine the odds! But it would be Grrreaat"