Elijah Cummings‘ widow Maya Rockeymoore Cummings has announced she will run for her late husband’s seat in Congress.
One of the first issues she will likely face is answering questions about her charity.
The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust asked “the Maryland attorney general to investigate whether Rep. Elijah Cummings and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings used a charity for improper self-enrichment”
Maya Cummings’ “nonprofit group received over $6.2 million in grants between 2013 & 2016 from special interest groups & corporations….[including] Google, J.P. Morgan, & Prudential, [which] have business interests before” the congressional committee that Rep. Cummings chairs.
The Baltimore Sun reported that the National Legal and Policy Center filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a non-profit organization headed by Rockeymoore Cummings.
In the complaint, the group argued her non-profit operates “almost as a single entity” with a for-profit firm she also runs named Global Policy Solutions LLC.
The complaint, which was first reported by the Washington Examiner, accused Rockeymoore Cummings and her husband, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, of receiving a “illegal private benefit” through the non-profit’s tax-exempt status.
People reports Elijah Cummings‘ widow Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is running for her late husband’s seat in Congress.
“I am, of course, devastated at the loss of my spouse, but his spirit is with me,” Rockeymoore Cummings, 48, said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Monday, announcing her bid.
“I’m going to run this race and I’m going to run it hard, as if he’s still right here by my side,” she said.
U.S. Rep. Cummings, died on October 17, at 68 years old, his office announced at the time. The civil rights leader died at 2:30 a.m. local time at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Baltimore, after “complications concerning long standing health challenges.”
Rockeymoore Cummings told the Sun in her interview Monday that Cummings told her before he died that he hoped she would take his place. Cummings held Maryland’s 7th District seat, which includes areas of both Baltimore and Howard counties.
“That was a discussion we had some months ago,” she told the outlet. “In the end, he was conflicted about whether he should resign or stay in office. We thought there might be a turnaround. It didn’t happen.”
The Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman said that she plans to kick off her campaign on Tuesday, and will not only continue her husband’s legacy of fighting against Donald Trump, but will also focus on her own areas of expertise, like health and education policy, the Sun said.
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