Top Democrat Accused In Pay-to-Play Scandal
The wife of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) received millions of dollars in charity donations from businesses and special interest groups that went before her husband’s committee, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.
The information came from an IRS complaint filed by ethics watchdog group The National Legal and Policy Center. The group also alleged that Maya Rockeymore, Cummings’ wife since 2008, was running a non-profit and for-profit at the same time whose operations appeared to have overlapped.
Some of the corporations that gave grants to Rockeymore’s non-profit while appearing before Cummings’ committee include Google, Prudential, J.P. Morgan, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The complaint did not say anything improper had occurred, but that a conflict of interest existed that could have allowed improper actions.
Interestingly, Cummings was heavily in debt when he married Rockeymore but has seen his financial situation improve greatly since then.
Also interestingly, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (charitable organization that came out of Johnson & Johnson) stopped contributing millions to Rockeymore’s charity in 2017, and Cummings has been vocal in opposition to Johnson & Johnson in recent months.
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