One Democratic congressman and his wife are jumping from the frying pan to the fire as they refuse to offer transparency into their business dealings.
Democrat Elijah Cummings and his wife Maya Rockeymoore continue to deny that they took advantage of Cummings position on the House Oversight Committee.
However, despite that claim they continue to refuse to release the financial documents associated with Rockeymoore’s non-profit, even though denying such a request as an entity that receives special tax benefits is illegal.
Cummings and his wife’s questionable history came to light when The National Legal and Policy Center filed an IRS complaint against the non-profit claiming there was illegal overlap of Rockeymoore’s non-profit charity and her for-profit consulting firm.
The firm was granted a million dollar federal contract but the it was the non-profit that was billed “as the national program office.”
There are many who point out that his could constitute “self-dealing” a practice that is punishable by law.
However instead of offering up the records and simply proving their innocence, Cummings and Rockeymoore have opted to plead with the media that they are the targets of a “hit piece” according to an interview with Maryland Matters.
“It appears a conservative front group and a news outlet funded by a Republican billionaire are pushing a hit piece filled with faulty research, lies and innuendo in an attempt to tarnish my personal reputation, professional work and public service as well as that of my spouse, U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings — who holds a critical oversight role in our nation’s government,” Rockeymoore stated.
Cummings took a similar approach telling the Washington Post that The National Legal and Policy Center’s claim was “a fabricated distraction from the important work being done on behalf of Americans, such as lowering the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs.”
A curious way to put things since its Cummings and his wife that are trying to draw attention away from the actual issue.