Johnson Scholarship Scandal Widens

The scope of the scholarship scandal involving Dallas democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson is widening.  After an initial report that revealed 15 scholarships were doled out to grandsons, the kids of a top aid and others, The Dallas morning news now reports since 2005, 25 Congressional Black Caucus scholarships were questionably awarded.  Johnson has released a statement insisting that she didn’t know the rules at the time she was awarding the money, which now apparently tops 25 thousand dollars total.  That, despite her former role as the chair of the caucus.  Johnson is unapologetic about helping kids out, but says the money will be paid back by the end of the week in an effort to rectify the situation.  Republicans, including Johnson’s challenger for the Dallas County seat are screaming corruption, but it remains unclear if a Washington ethics probe will result from the scholarship controversy.

Below is Johnson’s full statement on the matter:

“I am proud of the work that I have done for the 30th District of Texas. As a public servant, I have vowed to represent my constituents to the best of my ability.

I have never and never planned to restrict my help to only Texans who reside in my district. My district lines have constantly changed and since I am the only Democrat in the entire North Texas Region, surrounded by Republicans, I have made myself accessible for nearly two decades. Much of my district office casework benefits people outside my constituency. While I am not ashamed of helping, I did not intentionally mean to violate any rules in the process – CBCF Scholarship Rules in particular.

As previously stated, I was unaware of being in any type of violation and never intentionally violated the CBCF’s rules. Further, to rectify this matter immediately, I will reimburse the funds by the end of this week. Additionally, I have reinstituted a non-biased third party objective review committee to evaluate applications and put forth recommendations for future CBCF Scholarships. Going forward, this will eliminate conflicts of interest and consistently remain in compliance with CBCF Scholarship Rules.

At present, I am home convalescing from major surgery. However, I am diligently working to resolve these issues as they are very important to me.”

If you have any knowledge of anyone applying for the scholarship and being rejected, please contact Dallas Morning News reporter Todd Gillman by clicking here. (For a related blog post, go here).

  • LL

    She is pitiful, and of course there WONT be anything done to her -another perfect example of what a mess our country is in, and for sure another perfect reason for TERM LIMITS!!!!

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  • gm

    So if you rob a bank, then get caught and promise to give the money back, then that makes everything better? She seems to think so. I think they should probably probe into the Congressional White Caucus, too…oh, wait…there isn’t one of those…that would be a racist thing.

    • David Yocum

      ^^ I couldn’t have said it better.
      It’s amazing what lame excuse she gave: “I didn’t know the rules..”

  • Tom

    It never ceases to amaze me that politicians get the mind-set that they are special and above the rules and regulations. (Just look at the special perks, health and retirement plan that they voted in for themselves only!) And then, when called on it, they are more upset that we the public dare call them on their lies and crooked underhand dealings than they are of being crooked and underhanded!

  • alex

    Amen to the bank robbery example above. Not going to make it a racist thing. She knew better and yet she did it. She just didn’t think she’d get caught. It is just wrong and she needs to step down. Even if as she says, she didn’t know the rules. Would you want someone without the common sense to figure it out to represent you? NO. Do the right thing and step down I say.

  • TR

    Obviously, the people who got the scholarships are not too “needy” if they can pay back the awards by the end of the week. I love the bank robbery example, and I agree it is scary that so many people who are elected have so little common sense…

  • tim

    reminds one of old charlie rangel and his current situation, no?
    just say you didnt know it was wrong at the time and it will go away…and usually does, because we have all become incompetent and lazy…VOTE THEM ALL OUT

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