For Democrat lawmaker Elijah Cummings, damning allegations regarding potential abuse of Congressional powers to possibly benefit his wife continue to plague his name.
Now, Cummings faces allegations of having used his position in Congress to benefit his wife’s charity, which has drawn mounting criticism from Republicans and watchdog groups.
“It’s obvious what’s going on here,” said National Legal and Policy Center’s Peter Flaherty. “Representative Cummings is using his position in Congress to drum up business for his wife, both for her non-profit and her limited liability corporation.”
Flaherty said Cummings wife has refused to release her non-profit’s 990 form, noting, “she hung up the phone on me, she still owes us the tax return. A non-profit that will not release its tax return publicly, as it’s required to do, is a huge red flag.”
From The Daily Wire:
Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is facing accusations that he is using his position in Congress to financially benefit his wife, whose charity may have gained “illegal private benefit” from his committee activities.
Cummings’ wife, Maya Rockeymoore, is the chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party and she “runs two entities, a nonprofit group called the Center for Global Policy Solutions and a for-profit consulting firm called Global Policy Solutions, LLC, whose operations appear to have overlapped, according to the IRS complaint filed by watchdog group the National Legal and Policy Center,” The Washington Examiner reported, adding that Rockeymoore’s charity “received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally.”
“Current prescription price trends are simply not sustainable,” Catherine Alicia Georges, AARP’s national volunteer president told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in January. “Drug companies are working hard to try to shift the blame to others in the health care system, leaving them free to set incredibly high prices and increase them with little restraint.”
AARP, which sells insurance, has launched a new campaign, “Stop Rx Greed,” that aims to drive down the cost of prescription drugs by pushing for artificial government price controls on prescription drug prices.
Forbes reported that Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a million-member and non-partisan organization, noted in a 2016 policy paper that government price controls do not work.
“Throughout history, governments around the world have tried to control the prices of goods and services. These efforts have disrupted the marketplace and created shortages or excesses,” CAGW wrote. “But just like zombies, price controls keep rising from the dead because politicians seem to think they can create a better methodology. They never learn that price controls do not work and end up hurting the economy, consumers, and taxpayers.”
The result of pushing for government price controls on prescription drugs could prove to be financially beneficial for AARP since they won’t have to pay higher prices for the prescription drugs.
Peter Flaherty, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, told The Daily Wire: “It’s obvious what’s going on here. Representative Cummings is using his position in Congress to drum up business for his wife, both for her non-profit and her limited liability corporation.”
“We still have not received a copy of her non-profit’s 990 [form],” Flaherty continued. “Non-profit groups like my own are supposed to make them available upon request and we certainly do, but I asked her on April 29th; she hung up the phone on me, she still owes us the tax return.”
“That’s a huge red flag,” Flaherty concluded. “A non-profit that will not release its tax return publicly as it’s required to do is a huge red flag.”