A non-profit organization run by state lawmakers in New York has been collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars, but appears to be spending the money on lavish parties and entertainment, not giving it to needy students.
In New York, democrat lawmakers appear to have a nice little scam working for them. A nonprofit run by state lawmakers designed to raise scholarship money for needy minority students, according to records, appears to spend most of the cash on its lavish annual party.
At least $6,000 on limos was spent, but there were zero grants for students given out over the last two years.
“The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators organizes a ‘Caucus Weekend’ — a series of workshops, concerts and parties — in Albany every February for minority members of the Assembly and the Senate.”
“The group charges sponsors up to $50,000 for a chance to party with lawmakers at events that have included Grammy Award-winning rappers and high-profile speakers such as Hillary Clinton and Jesse Jackson.”
The weekend bash is capped off with a swanky black-tie ‘Scholarship Gala,’ where participants are reminded that they are “changing lives, one scholarship at a time,” according to the group’s literature.
However, in the last two years, no money has been handed out for scholarships, according to a former lawmaker and a community organizer, who has relied on the money for needy students.
“Federal tax filings confirm that in the 2015-16 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2016, the group gave out no educational grants, despite raking in contributions totaling more than $500,000.”
“I don’t know what happened,” said Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, a Westchester Democrat and treasurer for the group. “I just sign the checks they give me to sign.”
But, while deserving students saw nothing, lawmakers at Caucus Weekend 2016 spent $128,000 on “food service,” $36,500 on music, and $56,494 on “equipment rental.”
“The group had its charitable status temporarily revoked in 2011 by the IRS after it failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years, according to federal tax documents.”
Lawmakers who manage the fund have refused to answer questions about the lack of scholarships.
“Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, a Brooklyn Democrat, the current chair of the nonprofit’s board, who is campaigning to be the city’s public advocate, said through a spokesman that she ‘does not have any knowledge of the matter.’”
No knowledge? Come on!
“State Sen. Leroy Comrie, a Queens Democrat and second-ranking board executive, did not return phone calls and e-mails, and would not emerge from his St. Albans district office when a Post reporter visited Friday.
“Queens Assemblywoman Michele Titus, a Democrat and the former chairwoman in 2015-16, did not return messages seeking comment.
“Other board members, including former state Comptroller Carl McCall, did not return The Post’s calls. None would provide a copy of their latest tax filings.”
“Money comes from the events and we have a lot of bills associated with the events,” Pretlow said.
The Post reported:
In the 2014-15 fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015, the group spent $157,926 on “food service,” $6,332 on limousines and $30,657 on “event decor,” according to tax filings. It also spent $3,000 on the Sunday preacher.
Of the $564,677 the group received in contributions that year, only $35,745 went to scholarships, a little more than 6.3 percent of total revenue.
Charity watchdog groups such as Charity Navigator recommend that at least a third of a nonprofit’s revenues go to its stated purpose.
In the previous fiscal year, 2013-14, the group doled out $32,000 in scholarships out of total contributions of $580,190, tax filings show.
The nonprofit charges sponsors like unions, lobbying firms and corporations up to $50,000 for a “Platinum Package” which includes tickets to workshops on expanding access to government contracts for minority and women-owned businesses, on gun violence, and parties where participants can rub elbows with lawmakers and “ a large community of advocates.”
The fact that democrats are using contributions to fund their own private little parties isn’t new, but many people ask why this isn’t being investigated.
While the new state Attorney General follows the liberal attack guideline against the president, there are real students who are suffering. This sort of hypocrisy, greed, and lavish living is just disgusting, but no one expects anything to happen to these rulers.