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Daily Caller: John Kerry Aware State Dept. Siphoned Millions to Daughter's Charity

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John Kerry and daughter, Vanessa Kerry. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 01:45 PM

More than $9 million of the State Department's money has been funneled to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry's daughter, Dr. Vanessa Kerry, with his acknowledgement, The Daily Caller revealed.

The report also stated that Kerry "knew" about the program as he announced an extension from the Department of State's funding in 2014.

"What we're talking about here is a multi-million dollar effort that will strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers to deliver lifesaving HIV services. [I]t will build on the Global Health Service Partnership with Peace Corps and Seed Global Health," Kerry said at a World AIDS Day event in December 2014, reports the Daily Caller.

The comments made in 2014 appear to contradict recent claims of the Department of State who believe Kerry "played no role" in influencing the official decision. The funds were granted under the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP).

The GHSP program was started in 2012 while Kerry was a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. That panel oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps, which played a role in awarding funds.

Peace Corps and Seed officials discussed the expansion throughout 2015, until the nonprofit was awarded a four-year extension for $6.4 million of Department of State money in September. The Daily Caller also obtained documents that highlight a plan to ensure that they got the contract without having to compete for the bid.

The contract also extended the nonprofit's work with the Peace Corps to a seven-year total, which is against the agency policy that limits contracts to five years.

The Department of State, meanwhile, stood by Kerry.

"There is absolutely no conflict of interest here," agency spokesman John Kirby was quoted as saying. "As we have previously made clear, Secretary Kerry played no role in this decision making while in the Senate or subsequently while at the State Department," he added.

"No conflict of interest exists in our partnership with Peace Corps and the U.S. government," Seed spokesman Mark Marino had previously said.

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