By Jon Dougherty
A complaint filed with the IRS by the National Legal and Policy Center claims that a charity operated by the wife of House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) received millions of dollars from special interest organizations and corporations that were doing business before his panel, and could have been illegally utilized.
According to the Washington Examiner, Cumming’s wife, Maya Rockeymore, is currently the chairperson of the Maryland Democratic Party and, though he was once deeply in debt, Cummings’ own financial situation has improved dramatically since he married her in 2008.
The news site reported further:
Rockeymoore runs two entities, a nonprofit group called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions, LLC, whose operations appear to have overlapped, according to the IRS complaint filed by watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center on Monday. The complaint states that the arrangement may have been used to derive “illegal private benefit.”
Global Policy Solutions received more than $6.2 million in grants between 2013 and 2016, according to tax records. Several of the nonprofit group’s financial backers — which included Google, J.P Morgan, and Prudential — have business interests before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings has served as Democratic chairman of the committee since January and previously served as ranking member.
The largest contributor to the nonprofit organization was the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a company that is regulated by Cummings’ committee. The foundation, which gave a total of $5.5 million to Rockeymoore’s consulting firm and $5.2 million to her nonprofit group, ceased supporting her groups in 2017.
“When a powerful chairman of a committee of the House of Representatives has a wife that is bringing in money from entities with interests before his Committee and she is not providing the transparency mandated by the IRS, there’s a serious problem,” said Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project.
“The potential for corruption in this situation is simply off the charts and can’t be understated.”
Anderson is demanding that Cummings and his wife to give the public all legally mandated documents that every charity must disclose.
Rockeymore responded to the complaint with typical political pabulum. She said the allegations were an attempt to silence her and hubby Cumming, adding that it “appears a conservative front group and a news outlet . . . are pushing a hit piece filled with faulty research, lies and innuendo in an attempt to tarnish my personal reputation, professional work and public service as well as that of my spouse.”
Cummings, in his own statement, called the allegations “a fabricated distraction from the important work being done on behalf of Americans, such as lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs” (which Democrats in the house are not doing since they’re focused primarily on removing our duly elected president from office).
PJ Media noted that very thing:
As chairman of the House Oversight committee, Elijah Cummings has been leading the effort to obtain Trump’s tax returns and financial records, but is apparently unwilling to live up to his own alleged standard of transparency. Now that a genuine conflict of interest and illegal/unethical behavior appears to have been discovered, it really makes the fishing expedition he’s leading against Trump that much more hypocritical.
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