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“Every time Charles Rangel stuffs his face and falls asleep, a kid doesn’t get to go to college.”
–Zuzu Bailey’s evil twin, Porky
The Congressional Black Caucus is a rather ingenious little concoction that makes bribery and kickbacks to select members of Congress nice and legal-like. The New York Times reported that between 2004 and 2008, the CBC took in $55 million in corporate and union donations. Only $1 million of that went to their PAC, and the remaining $54 million suddenly disappeared into an unregulated and ironically labeled “non-profit network.”
Hey, nobody in this esteemed group of politicans would ever do anything not completely on the up-and-up, would they?
One thing’s for sure, they’re eating their weight in the college scholarships they claim to pride themselves on:
The caucus says its nonprofit groups are intended to help disadvantaged African-Americans by providing scholarships and internships to students, researching policy and holding seminars on topics like healthy living.
But the bulk of the money has been spent on elaborate conventions that have become a high point of the Washington social season, as well as the headquarters building, golf outings by members of Congress and an annual visit to a Mississippi casino resort.
In 2008, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation spent more on the caterer for its signature legislative dinner and conference â€” nearly $700,000 for an event one organizer called â€œHollywood on the Potomacâ€ â€” than it gave out in scholarships, federal tax records show.
Nancy Pelosi vowed to run the most ethical House ever, so I’m sure she’ll get to the bottom of what really happens to all that money. After all, this is the same Pelosi whose House Ethics Committee recently investigated a 2005 Caribbean junket attended by members of the CBC.
Who was chosen to lead the ethics investigation? A member of the CBC who attended the same event.