Democrats and corruption go hand in hand. That’s why government investigations into their wrongdoing often result in their demise (unless it involves the Clintons).
And a shocking new investigation could lead to a top Democrat going to prison.
A watchdog group filed a complaint Tuesday with Maryland Democratic Attorney General Brian Frosh to investigate whether the wife of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings used her charity for her personal benefit.
If found guilty by a jury and/or court, she could be charged criminally and sentenced to prison.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust filed a complaint against Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’s Maryland-based charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions, over the “pay for play” allegations.
The complaint essentially alleges that Cummings wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, broke the law in order to use her charity to stuff their own pockets.
The compliant alleges that Rockeymoore Cummings appeared to use her charity like the Clintons did with their Clinton Foundation, where prominent figures would make “donations” in exchange for political favors.
“The overlap between the non-profit and for-profit organizations, along with the potential improper financial benefit to Ms. Cummings and her husband, Representative Cummings, is serious and demands an investigation,” said FACT Executive Director Kendra Arnold in a statement Tuesday.
Here’s more from The Daily Caller:
Rockeymoore Cummings is the principal officer and sole staffer of her charity, which between 2013 and 2015 paid $250,000 in “management fees” to Global Policy Solutions LLC, a for-profit venture in which she holds 100% ownership, according to audited financial statements first reported by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
FACT’s complaint notes that Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity and consulting firm are involved in similar projects and share the same address and phone number.
Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity receives funding from by companies with interests before her husband’s congressional committee.
In fact, this is the second time in three months a group has filed a lawsuit against Cummings and their charity.
Back in May, government watchdog group National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint alleging that companies were giving donations to Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity before their companies were mentioned or brought up in the House Oversight Committee, where Elijah Cummings serves as the chairman.
“It’s self-dealing. It’s taking the charity’s resources and turning them into personal profits,” NLPC investigator Tom Anderson previously told the DCNF of the charity’s payments to Rockeymoore Cummings’s consulting firm. “IRS law doesn’t allow a charity for this purpose. This isn’t for the public interest, this is for her personal interest. You can’t do that.”
After the lawsuit was filed in May, Cummings called the NLPC’s allegations a “fabricated distraction.”
“These baseless claims come from a group funded by right-wing mega-donors known for their political hit jobs,” Cummings said in a statement.
Cummings added: “I am confident that they will be exposed for what they really are — a fabricated distraction from the important work being done on behalf of Americans, such as lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.”
It sure seems like Democrats can’t seem to stay out of trouble and follow the law.
Time and time again, we see Democrats — even ones we think are ethical and operate by the book — find themselves embroiled in scandals that often destroy their political careers and credibility.
And, as the Clintons have shown, one of the most likely places to find corruption is with their “charity” groups.