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.Via Instapundit!
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.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives
Add Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to the ethics violations list along with both her colleagues Rep. Charles Rangel and Rep Maxine Waters. There's isn't a formal investigation yet so for right now this is only a headace. This is a long article so read the whole thing!