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Monday, August 30, 2010

Rules Apply to Those in Government, Like It or Not...

Scandal Scandal Scandal, Where There is a Politician........

Eddie Bernice Johnson, Democrat, Dallas congresswoman denied but, 2 days later acknowledged (in a statement)  she violated rules when giving out scholarships to 2 of her grandsons and 2 of her great nephews as  well as to her district director's son and daughter.

Amy Goldson, the foundation's general counsel, said," It is inappropriate for a lawmaker to certify the award of a scholarship to a relative in a situation where the lawmaker or their staff is involved in the selection of the recipient." " I doubt if there is anybody in my district going to question me giving a thousand dollars to a kid to help him with college" It is very interesting how Johnson just dismissed concerns about  giving the scholarships to her relatives or those of her staff, district director.
Not only was it wrong to give, to her relatives and those of her staff, scholarships, it was revealed  none of the recipients  were eligible   under the rule requiring recipients to reside in or go to school in the district  represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
 None of the recipients lived in or attended school in  Johnsons district.
 Statement made by Johnson made it clear, to me at least, she didn't bother with the rules.
District residency has never been a critical factor in the selection process.....

Scholarship Rules:
●In 2009, the foundation — a nonprofit entity that technically is separate from the Congressional Black Caucus, a group of 42 federal lawmakers — gave out $716,000 in scholarships to 556 students. Similar sums were given out in previous years.
●Corporate donors provide most of the scholarship funds.
●The foundation sets aside $10,000 for each member of the caucus to distribute to college students, under the main scholarship program.
●Each lawmaker (or an aide or screening committee of his or her choosing) reviews applications and selects winners. There are no specific judging criteria.
●Each lawmaker can decide how many winners to pick. That determines the size of each award.
●To be eligible, a student must have a 2.5-grade-point average and must live or go to school in a district represented by a member of the caucus.
●Students must certify that they satisfy the residency requirements and aren’t related to any caucus member.

 I take it, the rules don't apply to her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 I won't say what I think should happen in this case  but jail time doesn't seem to harsh after she returns the money.
What do you think???

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