By Kevin “Coach” Collins
If the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) knows anything it’s how to raise money. They raise money better than anybody. Two years ago in the flush air of taking control of the Congress and the coming election of the nation’s first Black president, the CBC decided to pay off the mortgage on its Embassy Row Washington DC headquarters. They put the arm on some regular corporate contributors such as AT&T, General Motors Coca-Cola Wal-Mart and Altria the country’s biggest tobacco company.
In short order $4 million was raised and the building was free and clear.
Of course political groups, especially Congressional groups, are barred by law from accepting such direct “donations” from corporations and labor unions, but this is the CBC so it’s allowed. The CBC exemption is probably written somewhere on the back of the Constitution.
Spend the money on charity? Don’t be silly
On paper the CBC gets away with abusing the laws saving the nation from what McCain and Feingold see as the “corrupting influences of money” by washing its cash through a series of “non profit charities.” From 2004 to 2008 these “charities” pulled down $55 million which was mostly “donated” by corporations and unions.
One of the favorite cover stories for raising this huge amount of cash is that it’s going to provide “scholarships” for disadvantaged Black students. Nevertheless, the New York Times reports, “.. the bulk of the money has been spent on elaborate conventions …, golf outings by members … and an annual visit to a Mississippi casino resort.” The “Paper of Record” continued with, “In 2008, [the CBC] Foundation spent more on the caterer for its signature legislative dinner and conference — nearly $700,000 for an event one organizer called “Hollywood on the Potomac” — than it gave out in scholarships[according to federal tax records].”
Keep this in mind
Keep this in mind when you read about CBC member Representative Charlie Rangel a known admitted and unpunished tax cheat getting ready to raise your taxes as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
When the “concerned” CBC asks for your money to “help” the people of Haiti remember their track record for distributing contributions to actual “charities.”
This CBC has no shame. They are selfish people who understand they will never be voted out of office. All we can do to slow them down is vote conservative in November so the CBC and other like groups lose their power.
What did you do to be worthy of your American freedoms yesterday? What will you do today and what do you plan to do tomorrow?
Yesterday’s Rasmussen Presidential Index had Obama at -15
This day in history February 15
1989: The Soviets quit in Afghanistan and pull out all their remaining troops.
Have you read this week’s “Betcha didn’t know this..” page? It’s loaded with interesting little “bite size” items you’re bound to enjoy.
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