Letters Show Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Steered CBC Scholarship Money Directly to Her Grandsons
Well. On Tuesday some additional print surfaced that is clearly a problem for Rep. Johnson. Her opponent, Republican Stephen Broden, released letters bearing Johnson's signature, and the letters make a very unambiguous request. According to the letters, Johnson wanted the scholarship money sent directly to her relatives, not to any university or school they might be attending. Texas blog Texas GOP Vote (not affiliated with the state Republican Party) has posted the letters. They're brief and to the point. As the Dallas Morning News reports:
[T]he letters suggest a far more direct role for the Dallas Democrat than she acknowledged in the last week after revelations by The News that she awarded at least 23 scholarships to her relatives and the children of a top staffer – in violation of the foundation's nepotism and residency rules....
The letters are on Johnson's U.S. House letterhead. They bear a fax stamp from her Dallas office and a signature that appears to match hers from previous correspondence unrelated to the scholarships.
And they ask the CBC to send the scholarship money directly to her grandsons.
Please accept the enclosed scholarship checks for Preston Moore and Gregory Moore. If possible I would like for their checks to be made out to them instead of the University.
A couple of questions arise from this turn of events. First, did the relatives actually receive the money? And if they did, what did they do with the money? The grandsons aren't answering any questions, no doubt on the advice of Johnson's staff and perhaps lawyers. But Johnson is accountable to the voters of TX-30. If any of the CBC scholarship money ended up in her campaign coffers, or if it simply enriched relatives who didn't meet any of the eligibility requirements while denying needed funds to deserving students, well, the voters deserve to know about that.