Reacting to today's headline in the Gleaner Online 'No moral obligation to refund Olint money - PNP" I was rather disturbed by the stance of Robert Pickersgill, the chairman of the governing People's National Party (PNP), who said his party, at this time, was not committed to refunding campaign donations it received from Olint, a Ponzi scheme that was operated by confessed fraudster David Smith. Click here to read the full story in the Gleaner.
Going forward, Chairman Pickersgill should reconsider his party’s stance on refunding Olint money; or at minimum, establish some ethical parameters regarding campaign funding. Good stewardship is rooted in moral and ethical leadership, values that will be crucial for the nation-building that lies ahead.
Here are a few examples by President Obama on "Political ethics":
President Obama returns campaign contributions from Jon Corzine: President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has returned campaign contributions from Jon S. Corzine, former chairman and chief executive officer of MF Global Holdings Ltd., according to a Democratic official. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/uUN689
Obama campaign returning contributions from donors tied to fugitive: President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said Tuesday it is returning about $200,000 in donations collected by two Chicago men after a newspaper report described their brother as a fugitive with alleged links to violence and corruption in Mexico. http://bit.ly/MWqnRm