Apparently Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson asked for a thousand dollar scholarship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation be sent directly to her grandsons and great-nephews, and not to their colleges.

Her Republican challenger, Pastor Stephen Broden says there needs to be some level of accountability from Johnson’s office .  “Apparently in the applications, they had to make a statement they were not related to Congresswoman Johnson or a child of a staff member.  That’s fraud.  Somebody lied there somewhere and signed that document.”

Last week Johnson acknowledged the rules were violated and she’s repaid the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation $31,000 for the scholarships.  But she had said that at the time, she did not know the rules.  Broden says that’s no excuse.  “I cannot wrap my mind around how an 18-year incumbent did not understand the rules.”

Johnson’s office is not offering comment at this time.

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Listen to Rep. Johnson on KRLD explain her side of the issue *press play below