What started as a potential conflict of interest and perhaps an ethics violation for the powerful House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings has mushroomed into a growing corruption scandal — with far-reaching criminal implications that threaten to bring down the influential Democrat along with his wife, Maya.
The developing scandal involves a series of entities created by Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, similar in scope to the Clinton Foundation, in which a “not for profit” charity is created along with a private LCC.
Then when donations come in, a portion of those dollars are funneled back to the company — which of course is controlled by Maya Cummings.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity, called the “Center for Global Policy Solutions” (CGPS), paid her for-profit venture, “Global Policy Solutions LLC”, over $250,000 in “management fees” between 2013 and 2015, according to the charity’s audited financial statements.
In addition to receiving “management fees,” Cummings also received payments for “cost-sharing” in which the charity pays for its share of equipment, personnel, and other expenditures.
To complicate matters even further (which of course is by design). Rockeymoore Cummings’s “charity” is funded by companies that have dealings with her husband Rep. Elijah Cummings, which makes for a very cozy relationship for everyone concerned
National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) investigator Tom Anderson told The Daily Caller News Foundation, “It’s self-dealing. It’s taking the charity’s resources and turning them into personal profits.”
Adding, “IRS law doesn’t allow a charity for this purpose. This isn’t for the public interest; this is for her personal interest. You can’t do that.”
In May NLPC filed a complaint with the IRS against Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity and LLC alleging that companies with interests before the House Oversight Committee are buying influence from Chairman Elijah Cummings, through their donations to the charity.
The Maryland Congressman on his latest financial disclosure report listed his wife’s LCC as an asset worth between $250,000 to $500,000
However, on Friday Rockeymoore Cummings was hit with a series of new allegations stemming from her original financial disclosure of self-dealing and perjury.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, an additional complaint filed with the IRS by a watchdog group called The National Legal and Policy Center amended its original May 20th complaint against Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity, alleging that the nonprofit’s along with her for-profit company may have personally and “illegally benefited” her husband
NLPC also alleges that Rockeymoore Cummings may have committed perjury by answering “no” in her charity’s 2015 tax return when asked if it conducted business with an entity owned by an officer or director of the charity.
“As a Director, Officer and Key Employee of CGPS at the same time she was the sole Governor of [Global Policy Solutions, LLC], Maya Rockeymoore Cummings should have answered ‘yes,’” the NLPC’s complaint states. “The false entry appears to be willful. Form 990 was signed by Maya Rockeymoore Cummings ‘under penalties of perjury.”
Scott Walter, the president of the conservative watchdog group Capital Research Center, said, “It’s a red flag for a powerful member like Elijah Cummings to have a family member receiving money from entities with issues before his powerful committee.”
Both the congressmen and his wife have refused to discuss the allegations with the Washington Examiner or explain the overlap between companies with interests before his committee and donors to his wife’s foundation.
The complaint also asks the IRS to investigate the “shared leadership,” “integrated operations,” and “shared address and physical facilities” of her two companies.