Rep. Bobby Rush was a key player on some telecommunications legislation. Then an charitable arm of a telecommunications giant SBC/AT&T gave Rush's organization Rebirth of Englewood Community Development Corporation a $1 million grant. This could be seen as a way for telecommunications companies to curry favor with lawmakers. According to this blurb on this Capitol Fax blog this activity is coming under the increased scrutiny since the downfall of Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas) and Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-West Virginia).
I honestly like what Rebirth of Englewood is seeking to do in Englewood I sincerely hope that this doesn't become an excuse to derail the projects they have in store for that neighborhood.
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