Congresswoman redirected scholarships to relatives, aide’s children

posted at 8:45 am on August 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

As if Democrats didn’t have enough troubles on the ethics front with two trials coming up in the House.  Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters have company after the Dallas Morning News reported that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson gave scholarships from a charitable fund to four relatives and the two children of her aide.  The scholarships violated an anti-nepotism rule that keeps Congressional Black Caucus members from using such charitable funds as payoffs and featherbedding accounts:

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.

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.”

Oh, please.  That doesn’t pass the smell test.  Under what system would it ever be acceptable for someone to award scholarship funds from charitable accounts to their own family members?  Common sense would tell most people that a line had been crossed, even if it wasn’t explicitly spelled out under the CBC’s own rules — which it was.

Johnson claims she didn’t “personally benefit,” but her family certainly did.  So too did the family of her district director, Rod Givens, whose two children got money from the fund.  That at least gives the appearance that Johnson used the CBC charity money to pay Givens outside of his normal salary and benefits structure, which is publicly disclosed.

It’s for this precise scenario that most charitable organizations use independent boards to select recipients for outlays.  Instead of putting the individual Representative in the role of paymaster, a smarter and less fraught method would be for the CBC to handle these applications in an aggregate manner and then have an independent panel make the final decisions, even while Representatives nominate constituents for the awards.  Why don’t they do that?  Because the entire purpose of the scholarships is to make the individual Representatives get the credit for giving the money to the students, so they can get their names in the paper and keep getting re-elected.

Johnson may get re-elected anyway, but it’s clear that she represents the swamp that needs draining, and soon.

Update: Jeff Dunetz thinks this is a perfect example of Congressional arrogance.


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No surprise, they deserve it because of slavery.

Wade on August 30, 2010 at 8:46 AM

No surprise, they deserve it because of slavery.

Wade on August 30, 2010 at 8:46 AM

If you would stay focused on the corruption and ethical angle instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Eh … she’s a democrat. Pleads ignorance, sorrow, gets reelected, steals more taxpayer money, laughs at lunch about racist “bitter clingers”.

Short version of a democrat.

darwin on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Under what system would it ever be acceptable for someone to award scholarship funds from charitable accounts to their own family members?

The system that the liberals are trying to build?

The Mega Independent on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

It would be easier at this point to make a list of the CBC members who AREN’T crooks and/or race baiters.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Reparations, baby!

Eren on August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM

The congresswoman, 74, who is expected to handily win a 10th term this fall over a relatively unknown Republican,

Why America is in such bad shape.

mankai on August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM

…she had done so “unknowingly”….

Isn’t it amazing how many ethical violations are done so “unknowingly”? Isn’t is also amazing that when the person who was caught doing so is “unknowingly” acknowledging that they are a complete blithering idiot who just didn’t know any better?

Which leads me to asking Eddie baby here the next question: Who exactly was stupid enough to vote you into office in the first place and why the heck are you still in Congress?

pilamaye on August 30, 2010 at 8:53 AM

This is why we can’t have nice things.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Johnson, a Democrat,

Nuff said.

milwife88 on August 30, 2010 at 8:55 AM

It’s not just Congressional arrogance, it is governmental arrogance. We have people voting raises for themseleves and sweet pensions for themselves and creating no-show jobs with benefits for their friends and family members. We have auditors reducing property assessments for cronies and we have tax payers being forced to fund developments for wealthy businesses.

What is foul on the federal level is disgusting on the state level is gross on the county level and maggot ridden on the municipal level.

myrenovations on August 30, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Let’s bring her up on ethics charges. This one should be a slam dunk!

stonemeister on August 30, 2010 at 8:55 AM

If you would stay focused on the corruption and ethical angle instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

I don’t think my focus has anything to do with your snotty post or opinion. Maybe you should lighten up on the morning coffee.

Wade on August 30, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Under what system would it ever be acceptable for someone to award scholarship funds from charitable accounts to their own family members?

The system that the liberals are trying to build?

The Mega Independent on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Yup. An authoritarian crony-capitalist system that is controlled by an elite clique and administered by public and semi-private sector vogons who serve them.

Sometimes I think these people are so deep into this fascistic mindset, they may be able to pass a polygraph when they claim they didn’t think they were doing anything wrong.

forest on August 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Doughboy , good point!

cmsinaz on August 30, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Get-a-piece prize!

Shy Guy on August 30, 2010 at 8:57 AM

…she had done so “unknowingly”….

And now we know why they don’t read the bills or any other rules.

“Is congress too complex for you? Specifically, have you read all the bills you vote on and rules that govern your behaviour?”

barnone on August 30, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I don’t think my focus has anything to do with your snotty post or opinion. Maybe you should lighten up on the morning coffee.

Wade on August 30, 2010 at 8:55 AM

You jumped straight to the race of the person not the behavior. Try Decaf before pinging my internet cuddlebuddy.

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

And from where does this “foundation” get it’s money?

A donor list would be interesting research.

golfmann on August 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

If you would stay focused on the corruption and ethical angle instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Uh, I think Wade was being sarcastic.

Lady Heather on August 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

She will play the race card in 5..4..3..2..1..

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Johnson, a Democrat,

Crap! DMN spoiled it for us. I was looking forward to playing “Guess the Party”. Oh well.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Democrats are going to let her off in any case and even if no one on earth made a comment like that, they would just make one up anyway.

Let’s keep our eye on the ball – All Democrat politicians are lying, corrupt, incompetent scum, no matter how you slice it.

This one just got caught.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM

wow, what a surprise. A person dem from congress caught in an act of fraud.

jbh45 on August 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Most ethical Congress evah!

Or, as crr6 would say,

Count it!

(you are late lorien)

GnuBreed on August 30, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters have company after the Dallas Morning News reported that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson…

They are “overwhelmingly black”.
/

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Is there a common theme developing here? Nope. Corruption is universal….So should the consequences….but that is where the road splits.

Electrongod on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

The scholarships violated an anti-nepotism rule that keeps Congressional Black Caucus members from using such charitable funds as payoffs and featherbedding accounts

The CBC has “rules”?

Who knew?

Cody1991 on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Thge oath of all congressional clunkers, take care of your own first.

tarpon on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Dallas Morning News reported

racists!

sloopy on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

And from where does this “foundation” get it’s money?

A donor list would be interesting research.

golfmann on August 30, 2010 at 8:58 AM

A hell of a lot of it came from Fannie Mae before it was taken over by the Feds in 2008.

rockmom on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Electrongod on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Exactly. All Democrats are corrupt, regardless of skin color.

The only color Democrat politicians know is “green”.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Yep, that’s my congress critter.

The foundation wants their money back and the applicants had to declare they were eligible. There is now a debate on whether grandchildren are immediate family.

If it weren’t for Sheila Jackson Lee, EBJ would be the dullest tool in the Texas delegation.

Go Stephen Broden, he may have a chance.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Why America is in such bad shape.

mankai on August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM

And why we need to Restore Honor. If we as a society are corrupt it stands to reason we’ll have a corrupt government.

rbj on August 30, 2010 at 9:07 AM

If you exclude the 2 non-voting representatives, they had 41 members as of 2008. Assuming most are reelected this November, they could make up a significant portion of what’s left of the House Democrats after they get wiped out in the midterms.

Do the Dems really want Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Eddie Bernice Johnson as the public faces of their party?

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 9:07 AM

If you would stay focused on the corruption and ethical angle instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

Get over it. Wade hit the nail on the head with the first comment here.

galvestonian on August 30, 2010 at 9:08 AM

A hell of a lot of it came from Fannie Mae before it was taken over by the Feds in 2008.

rockmom on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Seriously? If so, Fannie Mae is and was even worse than I had thought.

jwolf on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

You think Maxine Waters or Sheila Jackson-Lee is the most incompentant member of COngress?
They are not even close to this boob.

gonnjos on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

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.

….it is obvious that Mrs. Johnson was dispersing these funds in a manner that helped prevent her district from tipping over.

Baxter Greene on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Have a heart, these are the first members of Rep. Johnson’s family to graduate from high school.

Or elementary school, for that matter.

She’s very proud.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:10 AM

The consequences are the problem. There aren’t any. How do you teach honesty, honor and trustworthyness without them? We aren’t born to these traits, they must be taught. The lessons cannot be learned without consequences for bad behavior. The color of their skin seems to insulate people from consequences.

BetseyRoss on August 30, 2010 at 9:11 AM

No surprise, they deserve it because of slavery.

Wade on August 30, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Reparations, baby!

Eren on August 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM

No, it’s the nepotism. The hilarious thing is that she’s essentially stiffing deserving black recipients to favor family members and family members of one of her staff. And the CBC knows it, and the CBC now has to decide whether to pick their noses and look the other way, cry racism, or rightfully crucify a member of the CBC cabal. Let’s see how the CBC plays this.

On a broader note, what is the deal with the CBC? You have Jefferson stuffing cash in his freezer in Louisiana, Rangel guilty as sin, Waters guilty of more sin, and this woman guilty of even more sin. I’m guessing that they represent about 10% of the CBC. Darrell Issa ought to investigate the CBC.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Where is the CBC to condemn this?..Bueller?..Bueller?..

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Time to disband such racist organizations as the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, the United Negro College Fund, Jet & Ebony magazines, Miss Black America, BET, etc, etc…

itsnotaboutme on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

The machinations used to draw Eddie’s district would make Elbridge Gerry blush. That’s why she’ll most likely win reelection. Her opponent is Pastor Stephen Broden, if you care to donate. Lots of the Dallas area Tea Parties are volunteering for him.

Kafir on August 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

You think Maxine Waters or Sheila Jackson-Lee is the most incompentant member of COngress?
They are not even close to this boob.

gonnjos on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

That’s because EBJ keeps her head down and doesn’t make a lot of statements. She is a stealth congress critter and uses the ignorance of the majority of her constituents to keep her job.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

It is obvious that Mrs. Johnson was dispersing these funds in a manner that helped prevent her district from tipping over.

Baxter Greene on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Heh. If it had been that guy from Georgia he really would have done it with that motivation.

jwolf on August 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

No surprise, they deserve it because of slavery.
Wade on August 30, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I laughed.

The excuse train of politicians and the CBC has a lot of cars.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM

If you exclude the 2 non-voting representatives, they had 41 members as of 2008. Assuming most are reelected this November, they could make up a significant portion of what’s left of the House Democrats after they get wiped out in the midterms.

Do the Dems really want Charlie Rangel, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, Jr., and Eddie Bernice Johnson as the public faces of their party?

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 9:07 AM

If the GOP takes the House, the GOP should set up a sandbox and put it at the back of the House and tell Dems to go play there for the next two years.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Where is the CBC to condemn this?

The CBC will make a statement just as soon as their collective snouts are out of the government trough.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:16 AM

The consequences are the problem. There aren’t any. How do you teach honesty, honor and trustworthyness without them? We aren’t born to these traits, they must be taught. The lessons cannot be learned without consequences for bad behavior. The color of their skin seems to insulate people from consequences.

BetseyRoss on August 30, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Exactly, though I would say the political party they are affiliated with — rather than the color of their skin — insulates some politicians from consequences for their corruption. The two just seem to correlate in unmistakable ways.

Rational Thought on August 30, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Where is the CBC to condemn this?..Bueller?..Bueller?..

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Too busy hiding skeletons.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM

The CBC has “rules”?

Who knew?

Cody1991 on August 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Rules are for little people, not the giants of the CBC. Besides, if they get caught and put on trial, there’s plenty more OJ juries out there to give them a pass.

Extrafishy on August 30, 2010 at 9:17 AM

If you would stay focused on the corruption and ethical angle instead of comments like that there is more likelihood something would be done…

Bradky on August 30, 2010 at 8:49 AM

The minute that organzations like the NAACP stop using racism as a deflector shield against corrupt, immoral and/or criminal behavior committed by blacks, your comment will have my full support.

Until then, route all power to the forward shields!

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Had there been more “very worthy applicants in my district,” she added, “then I probably wouldn’t have given it” to the relatives.

This is my personal favorite line from the article.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Yep, that’s my congress critter.
cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Texas should be sawed away from the continent and left to float in the gulf, or else sell the state to Mexico.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

….it is obvious that Mrs. Johnson was dispersing these funds in a manner that helped prevent her district from tipping over.

Baxter Greene on August 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

LOL..:)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

On a broader note, what is the deal with the CBC? You have Jefferson stuffing cash in his freezer in Louisiana, Rangel guilty as sin, Waters guilty of more sin, and this woman guilty of even more sin. I’m guessing that they represent about 10% of the CBC. Darrell Issa ought to investigate the CBC.

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

It’s because they don’t fear any repercussions for their actions. Rangel could’ve gotten off with a slap on the wrist and instead chose to remain defiant in the face of over a dozen charges of ethics violations. Waters is so brazen that she blamed all her misbehavior on Bush and racism. And now we have Johnson claiming she “unknowingly” gave these scholarships to friends and relatives.

Until the Democrat leadership(or at the very least the primary voters) takes a stand and gets rid of their corrupt members, they’ll continue to be mired in scandals like this.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

On a broader note, what is the deal with the CBC?

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

My opinion only — although occasionally we are able to get rid of a particularly corrupt Congressman, those in the CBC have been protected by crying racism for a full generation. So they have a very dirty house that badly needs a thorough and long overdue cleaning. But I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon.

jwolf on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Does the Republican White Caucus have such corruption within their ranks?

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

“I didn’t know I was related to my nephews”

“I didn’t inhale”

“I wasn’t having sex with her…she was having sex with me”

Uh huh. Sure.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Go Stephen Broden, he may have a chance.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Recall the recent case of Congressman William ‘Cold Cash’ Jefferson, who won reelection in 2006. This was after the FBI raided him and found $90k in his freezer earlier that year.

In 2008, he nearly won again. In 2009, he was convicted of bribery and given 13 years. Various other members of his family were involved as well.

Oh, did I mention he was a Democrat?

GnuBreed on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Democrats and the CBC like to cart out Reps. Clyborne and Lewis as moral authority.

What are these guys saying–esp that POS Clyborne?

BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Texas should be sawed away from the continent and left to float in the gulf, or else sell the state to Mexico.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Ha! Let’s see you live in Minnesota?

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Johnson may get re-elected anyway, but it’s clear that she represents the swamp that needs draining, and soon

She may get 80% of the vote – her constituents don’t care.

Vashta.Nerada on August 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

The liberals say this is no big deal because it is “just reparations” because of slavery over a century before she was born. Nothing dishonest about stealing someone’s money if you are entitled to it because of the color of your skin. Makes sense to a liberal because without 95%+ of the black vote, liberals would be irrelevant.

volsense on August 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

This is why we can’t have nice things.

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 8:54 AM

A) We say this all the freakin’ time in my family.
2) It’s utterly hystabulously fericastic.
iii) Yo Momma.
d) Soooo True. Maybe someone should create a 100ft Banner to hang from the Capital Building with this phrase.
“THIS is why can’t have things”

Perfect.

Thank you for the morning laugh.

WashingtonsWake on August 30, 2010 at 9:22 AM

“I wasn’t having sex with her…she was having sex with me”

Uh huh. Sure.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

We’re gettin’ scroomed that’s for sure.

darwin-t on August 30, 2010 at 9:23 AM

and the CBC now has to decide whether to pick their noses and look the other way, cry racism, or rightfully crucify a member of the CBC cabal. Let’s see how the CBC plays this…
BuckeyeSam on August 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

I’ll take the Race Card for $ 200.00 Alex..:)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Until the Democrat leadership(or at the very least the primary voters) takes a stand and gets rid of their corrupt members, they’ll continue to be mired in scandals like this.

Doughboy on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Mired in scandals?

Please. This is a two-day story.

Jefferson had actual cash in his freezer and until the end, it looked like he was going to keep his position.

Would you have been surprised if he had? I wouldn’t.

Anytime a Democrat is caught, it’s an isolated incident that doesn’t reflect on the others.

The few times a Republican is caught, the MFM wants it to be the end of the party.

This woman will be a Congressman until she passes from this earth and perhaps after that.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Does the Republican White Caucus have such corruption within their ranks?

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Google and Lexis/Nexus both return no hits on “Congressional White Caucus corruption”. Google did ask if I meant “Congressional Black Caucus corruption”. Could’ve been a typo.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

I would go for the sawing off part, we might even invite Oklahoma to join us. As for selling Texas to Mexico, it would probably be the other way around.

And Mexico tried ruling Texas, once.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:24 AM

If she gets re-elected I fault the idiot voters in her district for sending an ugly, dumb thief to Congress. It tells me they approve of her conduct and thus condone, and probably practice themselves, such behavior.

She really should be brought up on ethics charges where she could blather away about being oppressed by “The Man”, “Whitey”, “Tea Baggers”, “Slavery” “Technicalities” etc., then be found guilty of being a common thief and expelled from Congress.

Charges I can see; blathering is a given, but the latter . . . . yeah right.
Of course if she were a Republican the gallows would be being built as we speak.

CBC: Corrupt Black Caucus.

Bubba Redneck on August 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM

If you think THAT’S bad, take a look at this 1996 Dallas Observer article about what Eddie Bernice Johnson was like after just four years in office!

Enough is Enough! I am helping the campaign of her Republican challenger, a wonderful, honest, Pastor named Stephen Broden. Ring a bell? He just said the prayer at Glenn Beck’s rally on Saturday! Help him out! Go to

parteagirl on August 30, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Now if Rep. Johnson was speaking out against President Bush at the Katrina anniversary, THAT might be newsworthy. : ))

Angry Dumbo on August 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM

No, leave Texas where it is. For the most part it is a nice red State. Being a Californian I would love to have most of your Representatives. My Rep. is Lynn Woolsey,one of the most left wing in the House. I’d even trade for this woman. At least there would be some comic value in it.

sandee on August 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Ha! Let’s see you live in Minnesota?

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Sorry Bishop but C_F got you on that one..:)

PS..It was inspiring to us peeps see a Master Jedi of HA leave an opening like that..:):)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM

She may get 80% of the vote – her constituents don’t care.

Vashta.Nerada on August 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Lets put that as “the majority of her constituents”. Some of us care, and put up a sacrificial lamb every other year. The thing that gets me, is she doesn’t even bring much to her district from Washington. A decent congress critter should be able to bring a lot, considering how safe this district is for her.

cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

This is my personal favorite line from the article.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Did she just call the people who voted her into office and their children stupid?

Tommy_G on August 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

SSDD in Dem land

cmsinaz on August 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Opps!

Here are my links: 1996 Dallas Observer:

Help out Pastor Stephen Broden!

parteagirl on August 30, 2010 at 9:29 AM

I’d even trade for this woman. At least there would be some comic value in it.

sandee on August 30, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Cynthia “You can’t touch me white boy, but I can bounse this phone off your head” McKinney is available.

BobMbx on August 30, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Does the Republican White Caucus have such corruption within their ranks?

carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I would LOVE for the Republicans to have the BALLS to start such a caucus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bubba Redneck on August 30, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Wait for KP to call this racist on the SR panel in 3,2,1.

She is no more insightful than Susan Estrich. Such a waste.

Angry Dumbo on August 30, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Ha! Let’s see you live in Minnesota?
carbon_footprint on August 30, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Uh…yeah, and Minnesota gets a lot of crap (i.e. “what the hell is wrong up there, sell the state to Canada!) for the ding dongs we elect who, because Ed is a Minnesotan, get extra attention here at HA.

Just returning the favor as a friendly reminder that Minnesota isn’t alone in sending douchebags to Congress.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Well gosh, it would have taken three days and two lawyers to read the rules. How can you blame such a hard working public servant for ethical violations. Man, you people expect way too much from the CBC.

toongoon on August 30, 2010 at 9:32 AM

But the Johnsons, Moores and Givenses weren’t eligible under other foundation rules requiring recipients to reside or go to school in a congressional district represented by a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

None of the six lived or attended school in Johnson’s district. They lived in districts represented by white Republicans.

And favoritism or nepotism weren’t the only problems.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Oooops! Here are my links: The 1996 Dallas Observer article that described Eddie Bernice Johnson as a tyrant to her staff:

parteagirl on August 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Understand, for a few months I was represented by Ciro Rodriguez.

If I had stayed in that District, I would have voted for the spider who was opposing him in the primary.

NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Ok, all together now. 3.2.1.. RACISM!!, Is the cause for exposing her corruption. Just like Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, and Cold Cash Jefferson…

OneCleverCookie on August 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Johnson will get re-elected anyway, but it’s clear that she represents the swamp that needs draining, and soon.

Fixed that one, as it does take corruption to represent a coorrupt people.

MNHawk on August 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Tommy_G on August 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

The article is full of stupid things that she said. She might have wanted to take advantage of her right to remain silent. She even manage to through in how she helped a kid from Oklahoma at the request of Sen. Inhofe. It might be time to give her opponent a bit of cash.

Cindy Munford on August 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Lets put that as “the majority of her constituents”. Some of us care, and put up a sacrificial lamb every other year.
cozmo on August 30, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I used to be in a gerrymandered district, so I know. One more reason I’m glad I moved house.

Vashta.Nerada on August 30, 2010 at 9:37 AM

OK, I can’t seem to get the link working this morning. Google Dallas Observer, Eddie Bernice Johnson 1996. The article is by Ann Zimmerman.

It describes how EBJ had 50 different office staff employees in just 4 years. A huge above normal turnover. She had them driving her to events in THEIR cars, with no gas reimbursement, pick up dry cleaning, moving her furniture, cleaning her apartment, AND doing campaign work during office hours on tax payer dime! And if you were a woman who go pregnant, you were promptly fired. She said it made women lazy!

She is everything that’s wrong with our “ruling class”! Help boot her out and support Pastor Stephen Broden!

parteagirl on August 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Just returning the favor as a friendly reminder that Minnesota isn’t alone in sending douchebags to Congress.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Good point..we all have that problem in all 57 states..:)

Dire Straits on August 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM

No surpise that EBJ is doing something that is on the shady side of crooked. That’s been her modus operandi forever here in the Dallas area.
Before this latest…there was the Smell Test Failing “no bid contract” for the Hudson retail stores in Dallas Love Field that her “trust” owns controlling interest in. The Dallas City Council seems to have attempted to back out of that bit of stupidity (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/081910dnmetlovefield.66d9dfa8.html)

Personally…once I found out who owned those stores…I will have not set foot back in them nor will I spend one thin dime in them.

TexasEngineer on August 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

If I had stayed in that District, I would have voted for the spider who was opposing him in the primary.
NoDonkey on August 30, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Another reason to sell Texas to Cuba, the man-eating spiders which are known to drag people off in the middle of the night. We don’t need such predators associated with America.

Bishop on August 30, 2010 at 9:40 AM

ah the membership of the Congressional Black Caucas Felons Club continues to swell ……GOOD

Aggie95 on August 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM

“I won, and will win again”
It won’t matter, in her district they will think this is just fine, no problem, just beating the system.

right2bright on August 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM

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