As if the Congressional ethics committee does not have enough to deal with as it readies trials against Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel, Democrat Eddie Johnson of Dallas, TX could be added to their list.
Johnson has admitted to “unknowingly” violating rules by awarding thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four of her relatives and to two children of one of her top aides. From Dallas Morning News:
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.Eddie Bernice Johnson
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 Summer of Recovery should be replaced by the Summer of Corruption. Who will be next?