A TWN reader has done a nice job of assembling key email addresses for World Bank officials who may have some influence on whether the corrupt actions of Bank President Paul Wolfowitz on behalf of his girlfriend and others justifies his resignation/firing.
For those of you who need a quick primer on Wolfowitz’s self-inflicted problems and moral lapses, see Sebastian Mallaby’s superb piece today, “The World Bank, Stuck in the Mud.” I also wrote on the Kevin Kellems and Robin Cleveland parts of this story long ago here — and had a reprise yesterday.
I just sent this note of my own to the following addresses — and you should feel free to as well:
Dear World Bank Official:
I am a writer and public policy practitioner in Washington, DC and blog at www.TPMCafe.com www.HuffingtonPost.com and www.TheWashingtonNote.com.
I have blogged about Paul Wolfowitz’s situation here:
I want to express my dismay and regret that he has not had the personal strength to recognize that his nepotism has undermined whatever trust he held from those both within the bank and those outside who care about the Bank’s role and function in the developing world.
Wolfowitz’s campaign of anti-corruption measures within the bank is now a farce. For him to keep his job sends a signal to those inside the bank and to clients that pushing a deal for a brother, a friend, someone who scratches my back while he scratches theirs is something OK, worth doing at least until getting caught. And even then, no consequences.
Wolfowitz is a smart man. While I don’t agree with his foreign policy views, I do know that he has the ability to see that there is no alternative to this situation but resignation. His trying to wrestle against that reality may be evidence of a further corruption — real and in spirit — of Wolfowitz’s tenure at the World Bank.
You should play a role in calling for him to resign now.
Here are the World Bank email addresses:
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Jingram@worldbank.org; Yyoshimura1@worldbank.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; Yduvivier@worldbank.org; Dvarela@worldbank.org; Acraig@worldbank.org; Schitale@worldbank.org; Rreinikka@worldbank.org; Jowen@worldbank.org; Achuecamora@worldbank.org; Avantrotsenburg@worldbank.org; Rrobinson@worldbank.org; Xzhu1@worldbank.org; Fbelhaj@worldbank.org; Cwallich@worldbank.org; Kgeorgieva@worldbank.org; Fkaps@worldbank.org; Dgaye@worldbank.org; Cluff@worldbank.org; Lgiovine@worldbank.org; Dreinermann@worldbank.org; Cbruce@worldbank.org; Jbriscoe@worldbank.org; Vturbat@worldbank.org; Nagrawal@worldbank.org; Orazzaz@worldbank.org; email@example.com; DDollar@worldbank.org; firstname.lastname@example.org; Jhappi@worldbank.org; Mibrahima@worlbank.org; Mdia@worldbank.org; Aseth1@worldbank.org; Mkarlsson@worldbank.org; Embi@worldbank.org; Aalmansi@worldbank.org; Mgbetibouo@worldbank.org; Zbadr@worldbank.org; Idiwan@worldbank.org; Afaiz@worldbank.org
But the single most important address you can write to is Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Robert Kimmitt — a very good guy in my view — but he holds many of the cards on whether Wolfowitz goes or stays:
Be respectful. Kimmitt is first class and won’t be thrilled with the calls for action from the public — but he needs to hear from people about this.
While Bob Kimmitt is a moderate Republican and his brother, Mark Kimmitt, an accomplished General, his father — J. Stanley Kimmitt was a powerful Democrat in the country and was Secretary of the Senate. Bill Clinton in his youth met Stan Kimmitt and encouraged Clinton’s aspirations and career.
Years later, Stan Kimmitt did the same for me in a several hours long chat at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles when I had helped organize a meeting with former Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield.
Members of the Kimmitt clan are deeply embedded with a code of dedicated public service — and my hunch is that Wolfowitz’s conduct violates every fiber of what “a Kimmitt” believes a public servant should represent.
— Steve Clemons