Nepotism Award – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

02 Sep

The biggest crime of the CBC Members seems to be…

Stealing small.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Agrees to Repay Scholarship Money

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who said she “unknowingly” broke Congressional Black Caucus Foundation rules by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarship money to four relatives and a top aide’s two children, will repay the money, the New York Times reports.

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 not be related to caucus members nor live or study in the lawmaker’s district. According to the Dallas Morning News, Johnson provided 23 scholarships totaling $25,000 to two of her grandsons, two of her great-nephews and to an aide’s son and daughter, all between 2005 and 2009.

At first the Dallas lawmaker denied violating the anti-nepotism regulation, but later said in a statement she made a mistake and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation,” The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, Johnson’s press secretary, Dena Craig, said the nine-term congresswoman was recovering from surgery and would not be able to comment.

Rep. Donald Payne, (D-N.J.), who chairs the foundation, denounced the “self-dealing” move and vowed to prevent further violations of the scholarship rules.

Johnson, 74, is expected to win a 10th term in November over Republican Stephen Broden. It is unclear if her actions violate Congressional rules. Neither the House ethics committee nor the House Office of Congressional Ethics responded to questions Tuesday, the Times said.


Posted by on September 2, 2010 in Stupid Democrat Tricks


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2 responses to “Nepotism Award – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

  1. Dwjazzlover

    September 3, 2010 at 4:25 AM

    I feel like ethics have died and been buried..


  2. Caitlin

    September 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Good afternoon,

    Hope this finds you well. We thought you might be interested in this article from the latest issue of D Magazine, Dallas’ city magazine. D Magazine’s Editor In Chief, Wick Allison, scrutinizes the controversy that has embroiled Texas Congresswoman, Eddie Bernice Johnson. Detailing the series of events and false claims of innocence (and ignorance) by Johnson, he reveals another potential area of scandal for the Congresswoman: Johnson has a blind trust that owns a private stake in the Hudson News concessions at Love Field, one of two major airports in Dallas-Fort Worth. It will no doubt come under investigation by the Department of Justice as well.

    Allison’s analysis of Johnson’s fate is concise and insightful, and we think your readers will appreciate it.

    Thanks for taking a look.

    Caitlin West
    Brand and Communications Assistant
    D Magazine Partners
    750 North St. Paul Street, Ste 2100
    Dallas, Texas, 75201



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