Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings may be in a bit of hot water. It seems a charity run by his wife may have benefited from his political activities in an unlawful way.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Top Democrat’s wife may have gained ‘illegal private benefit’ from his committee activities
A charity run by the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally, according to an IRS complaint filed by an ethics watchdog group.
Cummings, 68, a Maryland Democrat, is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His wife, Maya Rockeymoore, 48, is the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and briefly ran in the state’s gubernatorial race last year.
The couple married in 2008. Cummings was once heavily in debt — in part due to hefty child support payments to his first wife and two other women he had children with — but his financial situation has improved considerably over the past decade.
Rockeymoore runs two entities, a nonprofit group called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions, LLC, whose operations appear to have overlapped, according to the IRS complaint filed by watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center on Monday. The complaint states that the arrangement may have been used to derive “illegal private benefit.”
The charges here are serious. One investigator said the corruption was “off the charts.”
Tom Anderson, director of the National Legal and Policy Center’s Government Integrity Project, which has been investigating the nonprofit arrangement and provided research to the Washington Examiner, said the potential for corruption is “off the charts.” He said Rockeymoore declined to let his organization view her nonprofit organization’s most recent public financial records as required by the IRS.
“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,” said Anderson.
Donald Trump Jr. mentioned this on Twitter:
I wonder if he will investigate this?
Top Democrat Elijah Cummings' wife may have gained 'illegal private benefit' from his committee activities https://t.co/Gw2hWIY2Om
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 21, 2019
Heh. Good question.