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Dem Rep. Gave Scholarships To Relatives

From the Dallas Morning News:

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

By TODD J. GILLMAN and CHRISTY HOPPE / The Dallas Morning News
Monday, August 30, 2010

Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide’s two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers’ causes.

The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member’s district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so "unknowingly" and would work with the foundation to "rectify the financial situation."

Initially, she said, "I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one." Had there been more "very worthy applicants in my district," she added, "then I probably wouldn’t have given it" to the relatives…

The foundation – which is supported by private and corporate donations, not taxpayer money – provides $10,000 annually for each member of the Congressional Black Caucus to award in scholarships. Each gets to decide how many ways to split the money and whether to create a judging panel, choose personally or delegate the task.

What a shock to see corruption going on at the Congressional Black Caucus.

Johnson, a former chairwoman of the caucus who has served on the board that oversees the foundation, said she wasn’t fully aware of the program rules and emphasized that she didn’t "personally benefit."

Ms. Johnson oversees the foundation, but didn’t know the rules. She sounds like the epitome of a Democrat Congressperson.

"… If it was a secret or if I was trying to hide it, I wouldn’t have done it," she said…

Yes, she is a poster child for the Democrat Party.

The program "operates on an honor system," so the foundation hadn’t known that money went to Johnson’s relatives, she said…

In other words, the foundation had no idea what money went where. What a surprise.

Johnson awarded nine to 11 scholarships a year from 2005 to 2008, the most recent years for which information was available. Each of those years, three or four winners were related to her or her district director, Rod Givens

The foundation asks applicants to certify that they aren’t related to those associated with the caucus or the foundation, but it does not specify which relationships that includes.

Scholarships have gone to two of the congresswoman’s grandsons, Kirk and David Johnson; to two of her great-nephews, Gregory and Preston Moore; and to Givens’ son and daughter

Well, Ms. Johnson said she recognized the names.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Dem Rep. Gave Scholarships To Relatives”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    Apparently, the number of illegally awarded scholarships now tops 23! But of course, being black, the congresswoman could NOT POSSIBLY be guilty of wrongdoing. After all, her family and friends DESERVE money from White taxpayers!!!

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Obviously trained by Maxine “Nepotism” Waters.

  3. proreason says:

    This is her right as a certified affirmative action member of the Ruling Class.

  4. xdannyh says:

    So the “foundation” gets shakedown money from corporations and private individuals. Evidently that money is not tax deductible, that is the only way it could be “not taxpayer money”. If it is deductible then most certainly it is “taxpayer money”.
    What outlandish garbage, the whole system is nothing but a shakedown of “whitey”
    However these people are just thieves, the real enemy is the “AP”

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      That is an excellent point that speaks to a number of BS reports concerning where government money comes from. Thie money came from people who pay taxes. Now, perhaps it wasn’t tax revenue on paper, but saying it wasn’t taxpayer money is a fraudulent lie. All real money in this country is taxpayer money. The money the government gives out is merely laundered and cut with the meaningless “money” they “create” from thin air.

  5. canary says:

    “Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives”

    In a large district which includes Dallas she could not find anyone more worthy than her & aid’s relatives.

  6. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.”

    The ONLY f’ing rule the CBC has is “Don’t get caught Brutha or Sista”.

  7. AcornsRNutz says:

    “Initially, she said, “I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one.” Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives…”

    How, if she only recognized the names on a list, was she able to determine their worthiness in recieving these scholarships, nevermind their superior worthiness over someone elses? Would not making this determination require looking into these people’s applications and “discovering” that they were in fact inelligable?

  8. untrainable says:

    The foundation asks applicants to certify that they aren’t related to those associated with the caucus or the foundation, but it does not specify which relationships that includes.

    You’ve got to be kidding me. If your MOTHER is on the CBC you don’t think twice about whether you’re eligible? It sure is a good thing she recognized her own children’s names, or this might not have found the light of day. She turned herself in… right? No!!?

    “… If it was a secret or if I was trying to hide it, I wouldn’t have done it,” Uh ruh uh ruh. That makes no sense at all. What she meant to say was If I knew I was gonna get caught with my hand in the cookie jar, I wouldn’t have done it. Not to say that that is true, that’s just what she meant to say.


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