Inspector General Fired By Obama After Exposing Corruption Dies at 84

Gerald Walpin

After Obama became president in 2009, Inspector General Gerald Walpin exposed corruption on the behalf of one of Obama’s friends. He was fired by Obama shortly thereafter.

He just passed away after being struck by a car.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Gerald Walpin, inspector general fired by Obama, dies

Gerald Walpin, the inspector general who was at the center of controversy in 2009 when he was fired by the White House amid an investigation of an Obama friend, died today. He was 84.

Walpin’s son-in-law, Allan Tananbaum, said Walpin was struck by a car while crossing a street in Manhattan.

Walpin was fired in June 2009 for his investigation of the misuse of money in AmeriCorps, the service organization that was part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, where Walpin served as inspector general. The investigation focused on Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who became mayor of Sacramento, Calif., and was a prominent Obama supporter.

Johnson founded a school called St. Hope, which received about $850,000 in AmeriCorps grants.Walpin discovered that Johnson and St. Hope had failed to use the federal dollars they received for the purposes specified in the grant and had also, as Walpin told me in an interview at the time, used federally funded AmeriCorps staff for, among other things, “driving [Johnson] to personal appointments, washing his car and running personal errands.”

Walpin serves as a reminder that corruption has followed Obama from the beginning of his presidency.

Too bad we didn’t have more whistle blowers like him.


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