August 30th, 2010
06:04 PM ET

Newspaper: Dem violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that Texas Democratic Rep. 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.'"

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