So, this is the new Era of Accountability, huh??
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.”
Answer by 29again at 11:10 PM on Aug. 30, 2010
Answer by SylviaNCali at 3:16 PM on Aug. 30, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:30 PM on Aug. 30, 2010
I guess it's just too bad for the people that actually earned those scholarships. Just their bad luck that they don't have friends in high places.
And seriously, how could she have not known that she violated the rules? Fee Fi Fo Fum, I smell a lying congresswoman.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:51 PM on Aug. 30, 2010
She needs to be removed from office and the money returned. If these kids obtained good jobs with their educations, they can help pay it back. JMHO If this constituents a felony offense somewhere, her ability to vote should be revoked also for the rest of her life.
Answer by jewjewbee at 2:21 PM on Aug. 30, 2010
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