Bazell reports that on the ground in Haiti he saw little evidence of the American Red Cross' presence, but when he spoke with CEO Gail McGovern she replied, "What you're saying doesn't surprise me. Our philosophy here is that we send a core group of people that they are helping orchestrate the distribution of supplies."
In response to NBC's requests, the American Red Cross provided some details about their spending:
In response to our request, the American Red Cross said it has spent $106 million so far, and gave amounts for food, water, shelter, health and family services. In spite of repeated requests, it did not supply any more specifics. The group says it takes in 9 cents out of every dollar as overhead, a percentage other charities say is reasonable. What about the remaining $300 million? McGovern says it could take years, but it will be spent properly.To view the entire report, click here.