Top Dem Faces Ethics Questions After Watchdog Group Finds His Wife May Have Benefitted From His Committee Role

May 26, 2019
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House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) now faces ethics concerns after it was discovered that his wife’s charity and consulting group received contributions and contracts from large corporations that appeared before his committee.

Maya Rockeymoore’s non-profit called Center for Global Policy Solutions and for-profit consulting agency called Global Policy Solutions, LLC received millions of dollars from Google, J.P Morgan, and Prudential during the same time they appeared before Cummings’ committee.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is the charitable arm of Johnson and Johnson, was the largest contributor, giving and paying more than $10 million to the two organizations. After the foundation stopped giving money to Rockeymoore’s organizations in 2017, Cummings became a repeated and vocal critic of Johnson and Johnson’s pharmaceutical drug prices and policies.

Rockeymoore’s non-profit refused to turn over records to the National Legal and Policy Center even though it is required to do so by law. An IRS complaint was filed by the Center, which alleges that Rockeymoore used her non-profit as the national program office for a project that the consulting group handled in 2017.

This practice is called self-dealing and it is illegal under IRS laws. Meanwhile, Cummings continues to try to get access to Trump’s tax returns.

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