An embarrassing ethics scandal involving Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has taken a new turn involving the head of minority contracting at DFW International Airport. Don O’Bannon’s daughter is among those who obtained scholarships from the Dallas Democrat who was disbursing money from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. O’Bannon oversees DFW Airport contracts with minority-owned businesses and, through a trust, Johnson owns a 25% stake in two Hudson News stores at the airport. Critics call that a clear conflict-of-interest.
For weeks, Johnson has been battling charges of nepotism in how the scholarship recipients were chosen. In addition to O’Bannon’s daughter, awards also went to the son of a top aide and to two of her own grandchildren. She has since said she didn’t understand the rules.
After information about O’Bannon’s daughter became public, a Johnson spokeswoman said they are not “…commenting on the scholarships anymore.”