Thursday, September 2, 2010

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Scandal

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Members of the Black Caucus are given $10,000 every year to award scholarships. They must follow certain rules in awarding the privately raised money, including a requirement that winners live or study in the lawmaker's district. Any funds awarded in violation of the rules must be returned.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) has admitted that she "unknowingly" broke Congressional Black Caucus Foundation rules by awarding scholarship money to four relatives and the two children of a top aide.

Of the 43 scholarships her office awarded, The Dallas Morning News determined that 15 went to relatives of Johnson or Rod Givens, her district director.

Rep. Johnson has stated that she will repay the funds in question.

Johnson, 74, is expected to easily win a tenth term in November over Republican Stephen Broden. It is unclear whether she has violated any Congressional rules or Ethics.

Source: Dallas Morning News

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