One leading Democrat could be facing serious trouble now that a conservative watchdog group is exposing actions that the lawmaker may have abused their power.
Congressman Elijah Cummings is under the spotlight for possible using his position as chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to benefit his wife Maya Rockeymoore.
Rockeymoore dubiously operates a non-profit called Center for Global Policy Solutions as well as a for-profit consulting agency called Global Policy Solutions, LLC.
Records show that Global Policy Solutions received substantial financial backing from Google, J.P Morgan and Prudential. Which is curious as all three had dealing with the House Committee while Cummings was serving.
There is speculation that this is the reason Rockeymoore was also able to obtain 5.2 million for her non-profit and an additional $5.5 million that went to her for-profit from the Johnson & Johnson charity, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
However in 2017 that partnership dried up and almost immediately as a result Cummings became a vocal opponent of Johnson & Johnson.
Which is why the conservative National Legal and Policy Center requested the financial records of Rockeymoore’s non-profit. By law the organization is required to supply the information, yet it refused.
Which means the non-profit will answer to the IRS, now that National Legal and Policy Center has filed a complaint.
According to Tom Anderson, National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project director, Rockeymoore’s refusal is a “serious problem.”
“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. The potential for corruption in this situation is simply off the charts and can’t be understated. We hope Chairman Cummings works with his wife to end the stonewalling and provide the public with what’s legally mandated all charities provide,” Anderson shared.
Cummings should be swiftly investigated for his actions, as he has called for of President Trump in relation to Trump’s financial records.