That’s the claim, would it be surprising?
[UPDATE] Bruce Brown, candidate running against Maxine Waters, will be on Vicky Nissen’s show tonight at 7:30 PDT to discuss his campaign.
If for some reason you’re having trouble remembering who Maxine Waters is, first watch this short video;
Now, on to the allegations, via Fellowship of Minds;
October 15-17, 2010 — Democratic congresswoman rips off misery-stricken Haiti
Influential Haitian-American sources have informed WMR that Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), already mired in an ethics probe by the House of Representatives, has been involved in a money laundering operation involving several “dummy corporations” she set up with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide before he was ousted in a 2004 coup d’etat.
The current House Ethics Committee probe of Waters’s role in arranging for a federal bailout for OneUnited Bank, which she and her husband, Sidney Williams, a bank director, held a financial stake.
Now, the financial scandal surrounding Waters has spread to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. WMR has learned that Waters had OneUnited Bank dissolve her joint companies after Aristide was overthrown. OneUnited Bank subsequently laundered over $17 million, most of it from kickbacks from lucrative telecommunications contracts in Haiti, from the dissolved firms through fourteen other banks, including HSBC and Bank of America. WMR has been told by Haitian sources that Aristide, who was exiled to South Africa by the United States after the coup, may not know about the companies that were established by Waters with him as co-owner. However, Aristide once told his closest confidante that in several matters he agreed to while president, “I had no choice, these people are the mafia.”
WMR has been told of a connection between Waters and her husband and the San Francisco-based Steele Foundation, the private security firm that that provided security for the Haitian presidency, and which arranged for Aristide’s flight from Haiti to the Central African Republic following the 2004 coup.
Waters’s role in the Haitian financial scam now has Haitians and Haitian-Americans calling her “Dirty Waters.” Waters and some of her colleagues recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton complaining that Aristide’s political party, Fanmi Lavalas, was unfairly excluded from the upcoming November 28 presidential and parliamentary election, postponed from last February because of the devastating earthquake, because its paperwork was incorrect. The letter is as follows:
Dear Secretary Clinton:We are writing to express our concerns about the November 28 presidential and parliamentary elections in Haiti. We believe it is imperative that these elections be free, fair, and inclusive, and result in a government that is legitimate and perceived as legitimate. The November 28 elections are particularly important to re-establish an effective legislature, establish political accountability for the expenditure of large amounts of money, and resolve Haiti’s current societal disputes in a peaceful and democratic manner.As it currently stands, Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has decided to exclude candidates from over a dozen political parties from participating in the elections, including Fanmi Lavalas, Haiti’s largest political party. The exclusion will undermine both Haitians’ right to vote and the resulting government’s ability to govern.Last November, the CEP, which was appointed through a process not recognized in Haiti’s Constitution, excluded 14 parties from parliamentary elections then scheduled for February 2010, without providing a written, comprehensive explanation. Although those elections were postponed and rescheduled for this November 28, the CEP refused to revisit the disqualifications, which have been widely condemned by civil society and parties across Haiti’s political spectrum. A previous CEP, with many of the same members, also excluded Fanmi Lavalas and other parties from Senatorial elections in April 2009. Haitian voters boycotted, and most observers estimated a 3-6% voter turnout.Although some may argue that Haiti has more pressing problems, allowing flawed elections now will come back to haunt the international community later. Haiti’s next government will be called upon to make difficult decisions in the reconstruction process that will have a lasting impact on Haitian society, such as land reform and allocation of reconstruction projects among urban and rural areas. Conferring these decisions on a government perceived as illegitimate is a recipe for disaster.
Haiti’s next government will also have to ask its citizens to make sacrifices, such as losing land through eminent domain, or take risks, such as relocating to a new displacement camp. Citizens are unlikely to sacrifice for or trust a government that obtained power through dishonest means.
President John Kennedy famously remarked, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” Running transparently unfair, exclusive elections, with the support of the international community, will leave many Haitians to conclude that they have no choice but to protest the elections and the consequent government through social disruption. That disruption threatens to severely limit such a government’s ability to govern, and imperils the United States’ past and future investments in Haiti’s reconstruction.
The CEP and international community must also ensure that all Haitians entitled to vote are afforded the opportunity to do so. This includes all those who have lost their voting cards and other identity documents in the earthquake this year, as well as those who have turned 18 since the last elections in 2006. We are particularly concerned that the 1.5 million people who have been internally displaced have access to identity cards and polling stations close to the camps where they live so that they can vote. This is also essential to holding legitimate elections.
We call on you to make a clear statement that elections must include all eligible political parties and ready access to voting for all Haitians, including the displaced. The United States government should also state unequivocally that it will not provide funding for elections that do not meet these minimum, basic democratic requirements.
Maxine Waters; Donald Payne; William Delahunt; Barbara Lee; Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Alcee L. Hastings; Charles B. Rangel; Jan Schakowsky; Dennis Kucinich; Hank Johnson; Jim McDermott; Yvette D. Clarke; John W. Olver; Keith Ellison; Sam Farr; Donna M. Christensen; Raúl Grijalva; Michael Honda; Betty McCollum; Laura Richardson; Alan Grayson; Chellie Pingree; Eleanor Holmes Norton; Danny K. Davis; Sheila Jackson Lee; Elijah Cummings; Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick; Lynn Woolsey; Chaka Fattah; Fortney “Pete” Stark; Al Green; Stephen Lynch; Donna F. Edwards; John Lewis; Bob Filner; Diane Watson; Bennie G. Thompson; Tammy Baldwin; John Garamendi; Bobby L. Rush; Jesse L. Jackson Jr.; Bart Gordon; Melvin L. Watt; Corrine Brown; Lucille Roybal-Allard
WMR has been told that Waters’s letter is an attempt to distract attention from her own Haitian activities that are resulting in her increased unpopularity in Haiti and among the Haitian-American community. WMR has been informed that the Lavalas Party was not excluded but its top leadership voluntarily withdrew from the November 28 election because it was determined that it had been so thoroughly penetrated by outside forces, some called “betrayers,” it had ceased to be a viable opposition party to the U.S.-backed business interests. Those interests first backed Haitian-American entertainer Wyclef Jean for president, and after he withdrew because of his citizenship status in Haiti, the outside forces opted for Charles Baker, who is linked to the Port-au-Prince sweat shop operations of Andre Arpaid, the head of Alpha Industries, the largest garment assembly factory in Haiti and the leader of the Group of 184, the George Soros-linked civil society group that forced Aristide from office in 2004. One of the reasons Arpaid helped engineer the coup against Aristide was the president’s doubling of the minimum wage for Haitian workers, including those in the garment industry.
The foreign-inspired split within Lavalas is what resulted in its withdrawal from the election, contrary to the spin that Waters and her colleagues are placing on it. Waters decision to ask the Obama administration to withhold aid for Haiti because of the Lavalas withdrawal has also raised suspicions in Haiti. Originally, Jean was thrust into the election process, even though he was ineligible to run for president, in order to tarnish the entire election process. The penetration of and subsequent split within Lavalas also aimed to tarnish the election process. Waters has added to the pre-election machinations by suggesting in her letter to Clinton that over a dozen parties, in addition to Lavalas, had been excluded from the election. However, no other parties were excluded and Lavalas voluntarily withdrew.
Haitian-American sources suspect that Waters and her colleagues are trying to tarnish the Haitian election process to keep the country in turmoil and prevent it from uncovering the millions of dollars that Waters and her husband siphoned from Haiti into numbered bank accounts and phony companies.
Waters’s Republican opponent, Bruce Brown, has expressed his outrage over Waters’s corrupt business deals with Haiti and has promised the Haitian-American community to support an investigation of Waters activities if he is elected.
Waters’s staff, WMR is told, closely with House Financial Service Committee chairman Representative Barney Frank (D-MA) to arrange for the bailout of OneUnited Bank in 2008. Waters’s chief staff member for Haiti, who is close to Frank’s staffers, has refused to consider the Haitian-American community’s concerns that Waters is tarnishing the Haitian election because of her conflict-of-interest.
Your Blood Needs to Boil at this level of Corruption and self enrichment, (see tabls to the left for more detail) all done hiding behind the mantle of “helping the poor” and getting away with it by screaming “racism” at anyone who challenges her.Put winability aside and focus on the fact that Maxine is using her position to:1. Steal your money – the $12million OneUnited Tarp funds bought land in Martha’s Vineyard, it didn’t help the poor.2. We now know that OneUnited was used to launder and move illegal money offshore for Aristide in Haiti.3. She has a huge conflict of interest acting as an agent for Aristide instead of protecting our foreign aid to Haiti (and the Congo)4. She is illegally interfering with the Haiti election to return Aristide’s party to power so she can help steal the next $1 billion in US aid.5. Remember, during Aristide, Haiti was the drug portal to the USA and all that money needed laundered.6. Her family makes millions peddling her influence – this is the people’s money.She needs convicted and only her opponent (me) has the standing to do it. We need to push this story and please donate http://www.brucebrownforcongress.org/Getting Back to Winability – WE CAN WIN!!!!Maxine’s never had an opponent because she scares them all off, that is how she winsTwo years ago I volunteered in gang intervention in the toughest part of the district and she does not scare meWe have chased her down with just word of mouth, we are up to 46% to her 54%.We are poised to deliver shock and awe – give us some help and she will be gone.
Bruce Brown can beat Waters, he needs your help.