As you might imagine, my frustration, like yours is off the charts. Even though, like you I continue to “hope” for justice, I pretty much have resigned myself to the fact that no one in the ruling class will ever be held accountable. As of this writing, all we hear, and have heard for 3 years, is, its “coming”! Don’t hold your breath! The ruling class is truly the ruling class, the elites, the powerful politicos that are above all of us and play by a different set of rules, where jail, or punishment are not on the list of consequences. We’re led to believe that losing a job or a career is punishment enough. Even when the next day they have a job paying twice as much. My friends, this has got to stop. For 5 years I have done everything I know how to do, to expose the corruption of this ruling class. As slow as it goes, the information is getting out. People get it, they’re mad as hell and they crave justice…..but its only a percentage of a percentage. Half this country wants to destroy the country. Whether they know it or not, those people are really angry with the same corruption we are. They just have a different solution: Blow it up! I can even agree that there are times I’d like to do the same thing. But before I step off that cliff, I think its worth one more try to stop what they are doing, but we need help. Somebody in that ruling class has got to stand up and expose what is going on. I don’t care if its Bill Barr, John Durham, Donald Trump, a low level FBI agent, or a disgruntled CIA agent. The truth needs to be exposed and somebody has to pay for what they’ve done.
OK….now that I got that off my chest let me tell you what I found. In part 1 of this report I talked about a document I found on a government website, that has now been taken down. I must tell you it was very enlightening.
As I said in part 1, this document is huge…..over 18,000 rows and 39 columns on a spread sheet. Its impossible to post or even share. So…..I spent hours searching it. Below is a photo of just one participant in the Ukraine corruption. It has taken four weeks to research this one organization…the National Democratic Institute (NDI). But this document has hundreds of “grantees” getting millions and millions of tax payer dollars to do what? At this stage, I just don’t know, but when I do, I will report it. This document shows that since 2013, we have donated over 4 billion, 3 hundred, ninety-two million dollars to organizations and groups doing something in Ukraine….we need to know what.
Below is a compilation I pulled from the larger document. It shows all the allocations made to NDI. From 2013 through 2019, they were given $15,504,000 to do their “work”. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to give Ukraine any money to learn how to do government, especially from people that have no idea how a government should operate. Below this photo is a link to the file on all the payouts to NDI. You should be able to click on the link and open the file in Excel and not only see it, but read the details. But I want you to see is what I uncovered when I put it all together. I believe I have stumbled onto the method these rich elites are legally stealing our money. Let’s start with where the money comes from
Ukraine expenditures, NDI 2013-2019
The vast majority of foreign aid money is filtered through a government agency called United States Agency for International Development (USAID). I first ran across USAID while researching the Clinton Foundation. They were the money source for the relief that went to Haiti. Millions and millions was poured into Haiti……stolen by the Clintons and their cronies. It was all documented in a book by Peter Schweitzer called Clinton Cash. The book was made into an hour and a half movie which can be accessed at the link above. I have promised to research USAID, but it is so huge and vast, dealing with billions upon billions of US tax dollars, that it is a daunting task…..I’ll get too it someday.
In the document, there are four levels of management of our money. The first level is the “Funding Agency”. Although there are a few, USAID and the State Department fund most of the programs. The USAID is funded by appropriations from congress from the annual budget. In everything I looked at, the money that goes to USAID cannot be separated from what goes to the State Department. They operate together. Their budget for 2020 was to be cut, but wasn’t, do to the lack of a budget and the passage of yet another continuing resolution by congress. That number is $53 billion. Trump’s 2021 budget, once again, calls for a massive cut to $39 billion. Before I go on, keep in mind how much money that is: 53 thousand millions. What we’re talking about going to Ukraine is less than 1% of the total. I don’t say that to minimize it, but to point out that what is being stolen there is chump change to them. But Imagine that chump change being stolen in all 170 countries we provide foreign aid to.
The second level of management is the “Managing Agency”. Although USAID manages the bulk of the funds, there are others that manage our money. The Commerce Department, The Treasury, The Peace Corps, The State Department, and the Defense Department….they all get a piece of the funding. These managing agencies then choose the third level of management: The “Implementing Partner”. This partner can be one of thousands of organizations, some private companies, some governmental, and many NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations). These partners then decide the fourth level of management….just how the money will be spent….This is where it all goes wrong! Oh sure, I can imagine there are tons of forms and papers to fill out, maybe even audits, but do you really believe there is any real accountability? This money is so easily stolen, that I was thinking of starting an NGO so I could get some. (kidding)
In my first analysis of this document, NDI appears 48 times, representing over $15 million of the 4-1/2 billion spent in Ukraine over the last 6 years. They are part of the “Implementing Partner”, Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, along with the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). Don’t they all sound so noble? I want you to read something. Lucky for us, some conscientious clerk expanded on the Award Description in cell L-27. He/She wrote this:
(Ukraine): The Strengthening of Political Processes in Ukraine (SPPU) program is implemented through the Consortium for Elections and Political Processes Strengthening (CEPPS) and its partners: the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). The implementing mechanism advances the Operating Unit goal of a democratic Ukraine meeting Euro-Atlantic standards of good governance, rule of law, and civil society participation by improving the capacity of political parties to better reflect the will and ambitions of the population. SPPU prioritizes long-term development needs of a democratic political party system; targets the local and regional levels; and focuses on building linkages among political parties, civil society and institutions of governance to address the demands of party accountability and strengthen the participation of citizens and emerging leaders in the political process. The end results of the mechanism include (1) enhanced development of the democratic political system in Ukraine; (2) Increased demand for more effective representation of the public interest by political parties and elected officials through improved advocacy and monitoring of political parties and elected officials by civic groups, and improved linkages between civic groups and political parties; and (3) enhanced transparency and integrity of Ukraine’s electoral process through the use of international and domestic non-partisan election observers.
Please….tell me what that all means and just how will that be accomplished in a country as corrupt as Ukraine is. Are we to be so naïve and arrogant that we think we can teach Ukrainians to be honest and fair, just like we are here? /SARC. Seems to me this would be as effective as trying to get college students to not have sex. (I think we try to do that to. )
So, here’s the meat of it, and just how the money disappears legally! I found on line a 2011 annual report from NDI.
Notice the circled item. $18 million for “management”. That seems like a lot of money to me, for management in a single year. But then I looked at just who the managers are. It reads like a who’s who of elites. Now I certainly don’t know all these people or who they are, but I sure do recognize many of them. NDI has 35 directors, and 15 folks on an “advisory committee”. All paid! That’s a lot of management! Here’s the directors I know: (click on the pictures to see names)
And here’s 6 members of the advisory committee that I know:
If you are a political junky like I am, you will notice they all have something in common. They’re all democrats……isn’t that odd? 50 managers and not a republican or conservative among them. So what kind of government do you think they might create in Ukraine? But folks, its not just Ukraine. They do this all over the world. From their website:
So what’s the point? Have you got it yet? Our government pours money into foreign aid, the aid is distributed to noble organizations that purport to shape third world countries into democracies all over the world, and fat cats are drawing at least 6 figure salaries for almost no work….for years! Do you get it? Who’s to say how many directors they can have or how much they can pay them? One more document from 2016:
If you look at the far right column, you can see a four year period from 2013 to 2016, they paid, just directors, $7.1 million, if you calculate that out for three more years through 2019, to match the spending document, they would have paid their 35 directors, right around $12 million. Hey, but its all legal.
And finally, help me out….those links just below the financial data, labeled donors. Aren’t those all unions? I can’t figure out why they would be donating to this quasi-government funded noble organization….But I would bet it can’t be because they have strong feelings about democracy in Ukraine…..what say you?
Well…there you are friends. I don’t know, maybe I’m just imagining the whole thing, but if I had a vote, I don’t think I’d spend $4 billion in Ukraine to encourage good government….would you? And remember, this is just my first pass…their are another thousand recipients of our money. I think I’ll do a couple of more and see what’s under the rug, maybe it will get better. Talk to you soon.
3 thoughts on “Corruption in Ukraine Part 2”
Thanks for your efforts Ken. I’ve been saying this for years.
Thanks Philippe, I try hard to expose corruption wherever I find it.
Thanks Ken! It’s amazing what you find under the covers when you follow the money. Keep up the good fight!