Billion-dollar Special Interest Groups back Maryland Congressman and Wife in Charity Alleged Scandal

Billion-dollar Special Interest Groups back Maryland Congressman and Wife in Charity Alleged Scandal

Rep. Elijah Cummings and his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, are in potentially hot water. The request for the investigation to Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh comes from a watchdog group and is meant to explore the possibility that Cummings and his wife used a charity for wrongful self-enhancements.

A primarily conservative group, the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), filed the complaint last week against The Center for Global Policy Solutions.

FACT’s complaint is alleging that The Center for Global Policy Solutions which is a nonprofit organization, is being used improperly to fund Cummings’ for profit company, Global Policy Solutions LLC.

The similarity between both organizations is easily noticeable. First off the names are the exact same, but they also shared an address, phone number, projects and funding sources. They also had a cost-sharing arrangement in which the complaint questioned a “potentially improper financial benefit to Ms. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband, Representative Elijah Cummings.”

FACT’s executive director, Kendra Arnold, in a letter to Frosh wrote,

“This is a unique situation that warrants necessary oversight to maintain public confidence in nonprofit donations.”

The organization started raising eyebrows earlier this year when the Washington Examiner reported the foundation received millions of dollars from corporations and special interest groups.

These special interest groups were said to have had business before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform which just so happened to be run by Maryland congressman, Elijah Cummings.

According to the Washington Examiner, Rockeymoore’s nonprofit group received over $6.2 million in grants between the years 2013 and 2016 from these special interest groups and corporations. Google, J.P. Morgan, and Prudential are a few of the nonprofit group’s financial endorsers and are said to have business interests before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Cummings initially served as a ranking member of the committee and became the Democratic chairman in January.

A complaint to the IRS was filed back in May by watchdog group, The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC). The NLPC continues to investigate Rockeymoore’s foundation and for-profit consulting company. The complaint noted that both organizations seemed to be running overlapping projects and states the questionable agreement may have had “illegal private benefit.” The claim specifically requested to have both companies examine the “shared leadership”, “integrated operations”, and “shared address and physical facilities.”

Last month the Daily Caller exposed the charity by publishing audited financial reports which indicates the charity paid over $250,000 in management fees. These fees went to her for-profit organization over the course of two years from 2013 to 2015.

The IRS law bars insiders at nonprofit groups from self-dealing as well as utilizing foundation funds for any personal financial benefit.

Rockeymoore has yet to make any comments while Cummings avoids the criticism of this complaint and stated it is

“a fabricated distraction from the important work being done on behalf of Americans, such as lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.”

It seems as though Cummings’ attempts to distract his critics have failed. His diversion of trying to direct focus onto the cost of prescription drugs could be seen as a valid argument, however, this investigation cannot and obviously is not being ignored.

With no comment from Rockeymoore the public is forced to create their opinions based on the facts, and the facts don’t look so good for Cummings and his wife.