• Maryland’s Top Cop Urged to Investigate Rep. Cummings’ Nonprofit Charity

    Surge Summary: A watchdog group is urging Maryland authorities to investigate questions concerning the legality of Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ and his wife’s involvement in a non-profit charity. 

    A watchdog group is urging Maryland’s attorney general to investigate whether Rep. Elijah Cummings and his wife used a charity for improper self-enrichment, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

    The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), a decidedly conservative political group, filed the complaint last Monday against the Center for Global Policy Solutions (GPS), a nonprofit organization founded by Cummings’ wife, 48-year-old Maya Rockeymoore.

    The complaint asked Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to investigate the financial relationship between the Center for Global Policy Solutions and Rockeymoore’s for-profit consulting firm, Global Policy Solutions LLC.

    The similarly named entities shared an address, phone number, projects, funding sources, and had a cost-sharing arrangement that raises questions about a “potentially improper financial benefit to Ms. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband, Representative Elijah Cummings,” the complaint asserts.

    Maryland Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, 68, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is facing accusations that he is using his position in Congress to financially benefit his wife, whose charity may have gained “illegal private benefit” from his committee activities. Ironically, Cummings’ district includes Baltimore, which is vying with cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities for “most dangerous city in America.”

    Cummings’ wife, Maya Rockeymoore, is the chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party and she “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.

    Congressman Cummings and his wife Maya may have learned a thing or two from the Clintons about charity organizations.

    NLPC claims that Rockeymoore’s charity “received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally.”

    Additionally, there is significant overlap in the projects and revenue of the two entities. In 2017, GPS was selected for a $1 million grant from the General Services Administration for the “Leadership for Healthy Communities” project while the Center served as the national program office for the same project.

    Further, the Center and GPS have each received over $5 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This close relationship alone is worthy of investigation. Moreover, since the Center’s inception in 2012, significant amounts of money have been exchanged directly between the nonprofit Center and the for-profit GPS.

    Two independent audits have found that the Center and GPS were related parties and had entered into cost sharing agreements as early as 2013. Additionally, the Center paid a management fee of 5 percent of the Center’s expenses to GPS.

    This management fee does not include an additional $152,238 and $78,180 in salary paid to Ms. Rockeymoore Cummings for her role in managing the Center, according to the two of the most recent Forms 990.

    “Because of the significant shared projects, shared resources, and shared oversight between the Center for Global Policy Solutions and Global Policy Solutions, LLC, it is critical that your office investigate these entities doing business in Maryland. Ms. Rockeymoore Cummings’ nonprofit has paid significant management fees to her own for-profit company and she has been paid directly over $200,000. This potentially improper financial benefit to Ms. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband, Representative Elijah Cummings is serious in nature. This is a unique situation that warrants necessary oversight to maintain public confidence in nonprofit donations,” wrote Kendra Arnold, executive director of Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT).

    Originally published here.

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    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

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