Elijah Cummings, one of the leading Democrats going after President Trump’s financial records, has found himself embroiled in a massive financial scandal of his own, thanks to his wife.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Maryland Democratic Party chairwoman Maya Rockeymoore Cummings on Tuesday defended herself against accusations from a conservative watchdog group that a non-profit she runs violated the Internal Revenue Code.
The National Legal and Policy Center on Monday 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 is chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, of receiving a “illegal private benefit” through the non-profit’s tax-exempt status.
In response, Rockeymoore Cummings called the accusations “lies” and a “hit piece.”
Where are the subpoenas for:
Elijah Cummings’ wife for cheating
James Comey for lying
Barack Obama for spying
John Brennan for orchestrating a failed coup?
Democrats are weaponizing the House to indict an innocent President
RT if it’s time for them to do their jobs!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 6, 2019
Now, on top of the financial scandal she’s facing, Ms. Cummings is facing allegations of perjury.
The wife of House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings is facing new allegations of self-dealing and perjury following the disclosure of financial dealings between her charity and her for-profit consulting firm, according to an IRS complaint a watchdog group filed Friday in response to a Daily Caller News Foundation report.
The National Legal and Policy Center’s complaint is an amendment to its original May 20 complaint against Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’s charity, the Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS), which alleged that the nonprofit’s overlapping relationship with her for-profit company, Global Policy Solutions, LLC, could have derived an “illegal private benefit” for her and her husband.
The NLPC’s amended complaint filed Friday highlights the charity’s audited financial reports, first reported by TheDCNF, which detail how it paid Rockeymoore Cummings’s for-profit venture over $250,000 in “management fees” between 2013 and 2015.
TheDCNF’s report on the arrangement “increases the imperative for an immediate Internal Revenue Service investigation,” the NLPC stated in its amended complaint.
The amended complaint states that Rockeymoore Cummings “appears to have been paid twice for the same services,” noting that she collects a “substantial full-time salary” from her charity on top of the 5% management fee it pays her for-profit venture.
For example, Rockeymoore Cummings earned a salary of $152,155 from her charity in 2015, according to its Form 990 tax return that year. Also in 2015, her charity paid her consulting firm $78,178 in “management fees,” according to its audited financial statements.
“It’s self-dealing. It’s taking the charity’s resources and turning them into personal profits,” NLPC investigator Tom Anderson previously told TheDCNF. “IRS law doesn’t allow a charity for this purpose. This isn’t for the public interest, this is for her personal interest. You can’t do that.”