Congressman Rick Nolan

Representing the 8th District of Minnesota
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Nolan Calls for Hearings into Allegations of Red Cross Mismanagement of Haitian Earthquake Relief Funds

Jun 8, 2015
Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan today called for Congressional hearings to give the American Red Cross the opportunity to clear the air over a National Public Radio (NPR)/ProPublica report alleging that some $500 million the organization raised for earthquake relief in Haiti provided little actual help for those left homeless by the 2010 natural disaster.

In a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Nolan pointed out that while the Red Cross is not a federal agency, it is a “Federal Instrumentality” chartered by Congress to maintain a domestic and international system of disaster relief.

“Like millions of Americans, my wife Mary and I have always been big supporters of the Red Cross. In fact, Mary worked for them organizing blood drives. Throughout its long history, the Red Cross has provided help and comfort to millions of people here in America and throughout the world, and those who give to these efforts have always done so with confidence that their money would be used wisely and managed carefully to assist those in desperate need,” the letter went on to say. “However, the allegations of waste and mismanagement in Haiti are extremely disturbing, and I believe the Red Cross should be accorded the opportunity to tell their side of the story to Congress and the public.”

NPR story link below:

http://www.npr.org/2015/06/03/411524156/in-search-of-the-red-cross-500-million-in-haiti-relief