According to The New York Times, Hillary’s younger brother, Tony Rodham, tried to get approval from the Clinton Foundation Haiti Fund for a $22 million project to rebuild housing in Haiti in which he expected to make $1 million.
Tony admitted that “a guy in Haiti” had “donated” 10,000 acres of land.
So who was this very generous guy? And why would anyone give anything to Tony Rodham – except to try and influence the Clintons, who were running the show in Haiti.
Tony testified under oath in a lawsuit filed by his former lawyer, that he was in regular contact with Bill Clinton, nudging him to grant the $22 million from his Fund and that he was assured that it would happen soon.
In his testimony, Tony made it clear that the Clinton Foundation was the vehicle for his dealings. According to the Times, he said that it was the Foundation that got him in touch with officials in Haiti. The Clinton Foundation denied knowing anything about it.
Rodham said that the project came about when he was approached by an old friend, Sheldon Drobny, who introduced him to a Chicago contractor who wanted to rebuild houses. Drobney told The Times that he just wanted to help out on a humanitarian project.
But that’s not the way Tony saw it – he needed the money to pay off some of his substantial debts.
Drobny and his wife founded the predecessor to Air America, the liberal talk radio show, and were credited with coming up with the idea to counter right wing talk radio.
They created a string of stations across the country under the sponsorship on Nova M Radio. Unfortunately, they ended up in bankruptcy and Drobney attempted suicide. In 2013, they were fighting a foreclosure case to try and save their home. So, Drobney, too, may have been interested in more than a humanitarian effort.
The deal never happened, but it provides a window into the way the Clintons used the Foundation and the Haiti relief project to reward their friends.
Bill Clinton ran Haiti. He was appointed as the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti. In addition, he and Jean-Max Bellerive, a former prime minister headed the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) that had to give final approval to every reconstruction project. Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff, and a long-time Clinton Foundation Board member, was the State Department liaison to Haiti and was a member of the IHRC.
So anyone who wanted to get anything done in Haiti had to get the ok from the HIRC.
That explains why some folks befriended Tony. But who were they?
There were apparently bigger fish to fry at the Clinton Foundation and the HIRC.
But then again, Tony had already gotten a seat on the Board of a company that was given the mining rights to gold in Haiti by the HIRC. Another friend who wanted to do something humanitarian?
Bill Clinton had to know about and approve the gold mining deal. When the details became public In 2013, the Haiti Senate passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on all activities connected to gold mining permits, citing the historic “pillaging” of Haiti’s natural resources.
So Tony may be stuck with nothing but 10,000 acres of land!