Chafee Speaks Out on Ukrainian Connection
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Chafee discussed his work for the foundation after a GoLocalProv report revealed that its billionaire founder, Rinat Akhmetov, had a questionable past.
Chafee said he had been approached about serving on an advisory board for the Foundation for Effective Government by a Washington, DC law firm that represented Akhmetov. “Of course I did ask many questions before joining that advisory board and the most confidence I got before joining it was who else was on it,” Chafee said. He noted that other members included a former Canadian prime minister, a Hungarian banker who almost became president of his country, and a dean at Oxford College.
Chafee, who joined in 2007, said he earned between $50,000 and $100,000 a year for the position.
Asked if he was surprised about the allegations about Akhmetov’s past, Chafee responded: “These ex-Soviet republicans and even Russia have the leaders, the oligarchs as they are called, and people often ask how did it happen so fast from state-owned businesses to privately owned,” he said.
“I was given the confidence there might be some questions about the founder but all I cared about was giving good advice and conducting myself honorably….” Chafee added.