Washington (CNN) – The public can rest assured that donations made to a new bipartisan fundraising effort for Haiti will be accounted for and properly spent, former President George W. Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.
Bush joined his predecessor, former President Clinton, at the White House Saturday as President Obama announced that his two forerunners have agreed to join forces to lead what is hoped to be a massive private fundraising effort in support of quake-stricken Haiti.
“Here at home, Presidents Bush and Clinton will help the American people to do their part,” Obama said Saturday.
In a sit-down interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King taped soon after the White House announcement, Bush said the public needn’t worry about any money donated to the new Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
“One of the thing I am concerned about is that on these – during these crises, all kinds of fake charities spring up,” Bush told King, “that, you know, take advantage of people’s goodwill, and we’re a safe haven. We will make sure the money is accounted for and there’s transparency, and properly spent.”
The joint effort between Bush and Clinton is reminiscent of a similar effort by Clinton and 41st president George H.W. Bush to raise private funds and awareness after the massive Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005.