Red Cross General Counsel David Meltzer Resigns Over Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment Allegations
The charity’s CEO, Gail McGovern, announced Meltzer’s resignation this morning following a ProPublica story last week.
Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures
After Superstorm Sandy, Americans opened their wallets to the Red Cross. They trusted the charity and believed it was up to the job. They were wrong.
The Red Cross Helped an Executive Get a Job at Save the Children After Forcing Him Out for Sexual Harassment
A senior Red Cross official harassed a subordinate and was accused of raping another. The charity’s now-general counsel David Meltzer praised him on his way out for “leadership” and “dedication.”
Once again, there were appeals for donations to the Red Cross. And once again, local officials are saying the charity hasn’t delivered.
Documents show local officials were irate over the Red Cross’ poor response to the massive disaster.
Despite yet more evidence of trouble with the Red Cross’ disaster response — this time to floods in Louisiana — Apple, Amazon, T-Mobile, and many others have made the venerable charity the exclusive conduit for helping victims.
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Emergency managers in Louisiana turned to the Red Cross when record floods swept the state in March, but many say they received little help.
Following reporting by ProPublica and NPR and an investigation by his staff, Sen. Charles Grassley introduces the American Red Cross Transparency Act.
Introducing the Red Cross Reporting Network.
“One of the reasons they don't want to answer the questions is it's very embarrassing,” says Sen. Charles Grassley, who just finished a yearlong investigation of the Red Cross.
Rep. Bennie Thompson wants answers about the Red Cross’ performance.
The director of Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency called the Red Cross’ disaster response “marginal at best.”
The charity has its worst fundraising year since at least 2000.
Congressman Bennie Thompson, who asked the charity for details about cuts to services, says he is “troubled” by the lack of answers.
Rep. Bennie Thompson said it is “critical” for the Red Cross to act quickly in response to problems reported by ProPublica
A House bill is being released today along with a government report citing a lack of oversight about how the charity spends the millions of dollars donated by Americans.
Despite public vows of transparency, CEO Gail McGovern lobbied a congressman to spike an inquiry by the Government Accountability Office.
“I still have a lot more questions for the Red Cross,” said Sen. Charles Grassley.
The documents also raise questions about the accuracy of the Red Cross’ count of how many Haitians it helped, concluding the figures on one project were “fairly meaningless.”
The “disappointed” Judiciary Committee chairman wants a detailed breakdown of spending on projects, overhead and other issues.