Last fall, as Hurricane Harvey dumped the last of its 60 inches of rain on the drenched Texas Gulf coast, volunteers from all over the Union poured in to help beleaguered Texans. As they collected, transported and delivered donations, stories of American Red Cross malfeasance started surfacing. We decided to investigate these in order to either exonerate or expose this storied organization.
The American Red Cross
The American National Red Cross is best known for its work in collecting and distributing blood donations. It was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton, who had volunteered with the Red Cross in Europe and had become an advocate of the Geneva Convention. Over a period of twenty years, the Red Cross lobbied for a federal charter, which was finally granted by Congress in 1900. As explained by the Red Cross,
The relationship between the American Red Cross and the federal government is unique. We are an independent entity that is organized and exists as a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable institution pursuant to a charter granted to us by the United States Congress. Unlike other congressionally chartered organizations, the Red Cross
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