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.....
●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.
●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???