Friday, July 14, 2006

Most Members of Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund Advisory Committee Resign

Religious Leaders Quit Katrina Fund Panel

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
The Associated Press
Friday, July 14, 2006
NEW ORLEANS -- By all accounts, the group of nine was a religious powerhouse: Their ranks included rabbis, imams and ministers, including the man hailed by some as the next Billy Graham. But as of Thursday, seven of the nine religious leaders serving on a committee created by the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to disburse money to churches destroyed by Hurricane Katrina had quit their posts, claiming their advice was ignored.

Four out of nine board members confirmed their resignations on Thursday. Last week, two others--Bishop T.D. Jakes, the prominent Dallas megachurch pastor, and the Rev. William H. Gray III, former president of the United Negro College Fund--resigned as co-chairs.

Departing members of the interfaith advisory committee say the fund's Washington staff disregarded their advice, cutting checks for Gulf Coast churches without properly investigating the institutions.

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