Your morning jolt: Sanford Bishop steered Black Caucus scholarships to relatives

Bad news arrives on U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop’s doorstep this morning, courtesy of Politico.com:

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) awarded three scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to his stepdaughter and wife’s niece between 2003 and 2005, according to records from the non-profit group.

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga. Associated Press

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga. Associated Press

Bishop is the second Democrat found to have funneled Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarship funds to relatives, threatening to turn the program into a larger political problem for the party. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) recently paid back $31,000 to the foundation for scholarships that she improperly awarded to various relatives and children of a top staffer.

Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), chairman of the CBC Foundation, has promised an “extensive audit of the scholarship program” run by the organization.

Bishop, though, also appears to have favored family members with CBC scholarships.

In 2003, Emmaundia Whitaker, the niece of Vivian Creighton Bishop, who is Bishop’s wife, was awarded an education scholarship. She was also given a similar award in 2005.

And in 2003, Aayesha Owens Reese, the congressman’s stepdaughter, was granted an education scholarship as well.
The congressman’s wife, is a longtime state employee in Georgia. She currently serves as clerk of the municipal court in Columbus, Georgia.

A Bishop spokesman insisted the Georgia Democrat did not violate CBC Foundation rules that were in place at that time by awarding scholarships to family members.

This comes even before many analysts, including Larry Sabato at the University of Virginia, were reevaluating Bishop’s November chances. From Thursday’s Crystal Ball:

After nearly two decades in Congress in a Southwest Georgia district that is nearly 50% African-American, Democrat Sanford Bishop was not exactly at the top of many Republican target lists.

Given the Republican wave that seems to be brewing, however, and the potential for a greatly diminished minority turnout in 2010, he suddenly is in a fight for his political life. State legislator Mike Keown will be the GOP standard-bearer and he should be able to keep up financially with Bishop, who had just $400,000 in the bank at the end of June.

In a midterm year, and especially this one, Bishop could be vulnerable, so we are moving this from Safe Democratic to LIKELY DEMOCRATIC.

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We skipped the Mike Thurmond fundraiser on Thursday that headlined Bill Clinton, after word went out that there would be no press access to the former president’s remarks. Apparently that changed at the last minute. From the Associated Press:

Clinton told the audience, which included Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, the Rev. Joseph Lowery, and many local lawmakers and candidates, that the country was in the midst of “a crazy time.”

“A lot of people are really angry, and they have reason to be,” Clinton said. “But when you make an important decision in your life when you’re angry, there’s an 80 percent chance you’ll make a mistake.”

Clinton praised Congress and President Barack Obama for passing legislation on issues including the economic stimulus, health care and financial regulation, but said they have not gotten credit for their accomplishments.

“People hire us to fix things,” he said. “They’re not going to get credit until people feel better.”

Still, Clinton said, many Americans have forgotten how the country has gotten where it is.

“They’re up there in Washington, acting like the Democrats caused all these problems,” he said. “They say, ‘Let’s throw them out again so we can get back in and do what we did before. To have an election based on anger, apathy and amnesia is nuts. But that’s exactly what’s going on all over America today.”

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The liberal group Think Progress has U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey going biblical on the Republican promise not to raise taxes on anyone – regardless of income status. From a Tuesday townhall meeting:

Said Gingrey:

I had somebody say you know a Contract with America is a little redundant, going back to 1994. And I had somebody suggest at a town hall meeting recently maybe it ought to be a “Covenant with America.” Just as God’s covenant with Moses, really this is a convenant. This is more of a commitment, more than a contract.

This is a pledge of your sworn sacred honor. And maybe that’s the kind of thing that we need to get, to truly get attention and sign it in blood if necessary. So we think it would be not be appropriate at a time like this to raise people’s taxes, at any level. At any level….

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Rickster

September 10th, 2010
9:34 am

Bill Clinton: “But when you make an important decision in your life when you’re angry, there’s an 80 percent chance you’ll make a mistake.”

Like the folks who elected Obama did in 2008! Their anger at Bush resulted in a HUGE mistake.

Just Say No to Democrats

September 10th, 2010
9:39 am

Bishop is a moron that keeps getting re-elected. Thanks South GA for this piece of crap.

Real Deal

September 10th, 2010
9:42 am

OMG….what shocking behavior! Seriously, is anyone surprised (or does this mean I’m a racist)? Throw the bums out.

independent thinker

September 10th, 2010
9:45 am

Exactly right, Rickster…amnesia is at epidemic proportions on the left, but it appears to be selective.

Healing Time

September 10th, 2010
9:51 am

@ Rickster,
That’s your opinion!!!

NorthGeorgiaGuy

September 10th, 2010
9:55 am

Rickster, there is a big difference between this upcoming “anger” election and the “hope” election of 2008. While the country was indeed torn apart by Bush’s failures (as you point out), most people really liked Obama and he had high ratings. New voters came out to vote “for” someone.

This upcoming election is all about throwing people out of office… big difference. We are about to elect a GOP majority that has a historic low rating. If that happens, it will be very interesting to see if these Republicans can actually govern. Since they failed miserably when they had the majority just a few years ago, and have done nothing at all to help govern over the past couple of years, I don’t have very high expectations.

SoccerDad

September 10th, 2010
9:59 am

I would have no problem voting these Democrats out of office… if they weren’t going to be replaced by Republicans!

Devildog

September 10th, 2010
10:05 am

Has the White Caucus done anything like this?

TruthBe

September 10th, 2010
10:05 am

No the up coming election is about regaining our Nation back from these progressive liberal perverted democrat racist. The entire democratic party is full of corruption and greed. The democrats are pro homosexual perverted behavior and anti-GOD,anti-Constutition. They speak only for the best interest for their elite members and hate the honest GOD fearing hard working midclass Americans. Example their wonder boy and girl Bill and Hillary. Two of the most corrupt lying democratic politicians in all of American History. VOTE STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN TICKET in November. Obama is nothing but a disgrace to all Americans for his failed socialist policies and corrupt politics.

Worst President EVER!

September 10th, 2010
10:08 am

Shameful, just shameful.

Progressive Thinker

September 10th, 2010
10:11 am

TruthBe,

WOW, Dude! You’re so insightful! Tell us, then. How bad was it… how inexcusably, deplorably AWFUL did the Republicans have to behave in order make the majority of American voters do something so unthinkable as to vote for that “disgrace?” MAN, is there even a measurement for something that awful? Good LORD, what will we do now that we have to choose between the current liberal perversions and something SO EFFED UP that it made electing these liberal perversions possible in the first place? Man, will you just have to shoot yourself before November? (Feel free, if you think it will help.)

Crobaby

September 10th, 2010
10:14 am

Term Limits for all!

Worst President EVER!

September 10th, 2010
10:14 am

Devildog – you’re a genius!

WE have lost our way

September 10th, 2010
10:15 am

Bishop has always been crooked. He gets elected because of the large black vote in Albany,Terrell county,Baker county and Calhoun county.Will win again unless there is a reason for the black voters to stay home.No wonder our country is in mess!

me

September 10th, 2010
10:16 am

TruthBe is right – Americans need to get on their knees.

Cam Winston

September 10th, 2010
10:16 am

// Since they failed miserably when they had the majority just a few years ago //

Yeah, back in the horrible days of 6% unemployment and $300B deficits.

TruthBe

September 10th, 2010
10:26 am

Dear progressive thinker please lay off the obamajouice and grow up now. By the way your Mom said it’s time to put up your toys and get ready for school.

Politicians HAVE ALWAYS ABUSE POWER

September 10th, 2010
10:29 am

I don’t care if they are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, they ALL abuse power, what’s new? Its time for ALL voters to decide who is less a crook & more interested in turning this Country around & getting the MAJORITY of Americans out of this Bush@t! If some voters would get pass the color of skin & try to work with OUR President, maybe we can get some things done to improve America for the MAJORITY. The Majority are hardworking Americans that aren’t wealthy & are trying their best to stay above water. It has NOTHING to do with skin color, its about turning this country around. As for those Republican haters, if you were in Pres. Obama’s shoes, would you do any better or would you continue to look out for the wealthy & leave the middle class & lower income Americans to figure out how they can get out of this Bush mess. Pres. Obama has done a lot of IMPROVEMENTS since he took office e.g. trying to help people save their homes, healthcare, refinancing of large mortgages & last time I checked it was for people, not people of any particular color. I know since he has been in office I have seen improvement & also been effected by improvement for hardworking Americans!

Matt D.

September 10th, 2010
10:30 am

Devildog, I don’t believe the White Caucus has done anything like that. I will research it for you, though, after the White Miss America Pageant is over. I do have to attend a NAAWP meeting this afternoon or I’d have the answer for you sooner.

Keisha Waites

September 10th, 2010
10:30 am

This may be an interesting mid-term…

forrest gump

September 10th, 2010
10:31 am

stupid is as stupid does……….

rwh

September 10th, 2010
10:31 am

What else is new? As we have witness over the months and years; we continue to see how elected officials dip into dirty dealings. Unethical yes it is and we are seeing just how these people take and dispurse funding to people that are not rightfully entitled to it! Money has cause the people in elected position to turn to crime; and, it is not stopping at any of their doorsteps, rather, it is running very wide and tax payers dollars are used for the sake of them getting ahead or someone they know. It is a sad time here in this country we called America, where we are suppose to be eyes and ears of those who have elected us into congress to serve. We are in a bad, bad shape to be looked upon as leaders for the world to see. I am deeply ashamed at our elected Congressmen and Representatives for treating its people the way they are being treated! Millionaries serving in our congress and representatives and yet, fail to give its own citizens here in the United States financial help during this economy; but they steal, cheat and send billions of dollars everywhere else….except right here in our own country. Its time we seek a change in both the Senate and the Representative.

Former GOP supporter

September 10th, 2010
10:33 am

Cam Winston- If you think the GOP was a success when they were last in office, then I don’t know what to say to you. Even current Republican leaders admit their failures.

Progressive Thinker

September 10th, 2010
10:35 am

TruthBe,

I will, just as soon as you answer my first three questions. (The fourth was rhetorical, and none of my business.) You should be able to answer the questions at 10:11; if you can’t, then your 10:05 makes no sense.

Cam Winston

September 10th, 2010
10:37 am

\\\ If you think the GOP was a success when they were last in office, \\\

They were horrible spendthrift Democrat-lites who deserved to be ousted.
Sadly, by comparison to what’s going on now, they were downright…..frugal.

What an amazing statement THAT is.

GeorgiaBoy

September 10th, 2010
10:40 am

To Worst President Ever- I agree that Bush was the worst, but we need to get beyond that.

Devildog- It’s easy to check up on what the White Caucus is up to. It’s called the United States Senate (minus one but soon to be 100% white again).

Truthbe- Your rantings are why normal people have hold their nose when we occasionally vote for Republicans. I worry that too many like yourself dominate the GOP.

TruthBe

September 10th, 2010
10:42 am

Politicians HAVE ALWAYS ABUSE POWER, Obama far worst then President Bush ever was. Obama has wasted and spend more money than any other President in history or the entire world. President Bush wasn’t a socialist racist progressive Chicago thug either. Hey have you heard President Obama is the first “Black President” and he’s the “First Muslim President” too. WOW!!!!!! Maybe he’s giving away free scholarships to his Kenya family and friends in the tribe.

TruthBe

September 10th, 2010
10:45 am

GeorgiaBoy, put down the obamajuice and wake up. Go to work, Oh I’m sorry President Obama isn’t creating any new jobs for you are your kind. Maybe you can go to work for the government?

Worst President EVER!

September 10th, 2010
10:48 am

GeorgiaBoy – I speak in the present tense when referring to the worst president ever. It’s been two years – stop blaming the past for the screw-ups of the present. I’ll bet you still have Al Gore and John Kerry stickers on your car.

Denise

September 10th, 2010
10:51 am

When are we going to quit blaming Bush and put the blame where it belongs, on the Democrats. Doesn’t anyone realize Bush could only do as much as the Congress and House of Representatives allowed him to do and both houses have been ran by Democrats for 4 years and now a Democrat President for two years. When are the Republicans and Libertarians going to Wake up and vote the bums out that put us in this mess. Isn’t there another Ronald Reagan out there to rise up and run for office. He Cut taxes and made government smaller and yet we prospered more than we ever had. Get over it Obama lovers and Bush haters, it is the Democratic we need to be blaming!!!!

Rebel Without A Pause

September 10th, 2010
10:53 am

I have voted against this slug every time he has been on the ballot. He is a slug in need of some salt. In November I will again vote against Bishop. Maybe with the Dim-o-crat apathy this year it will happen.

marcus

September 10th, 2010
11:01 am

this period in history reminds me of the reconstruction. bishop did what most politicians, clergy, bureaucrats and lay persons do. when they are the position to hand out money, albeit scholarships, grants, what have you. they look out for their own. everyone does this, we wish that we were a part of a society that gave the funding based on merit. but if you as an individual have the opportunity to save money that woudl be coming out of your pocket, and you were privy to a mechanism that did that, you’d do it also. white people have regressed to the point that they are threatened by the current political slant, they are just like their ancestors after reconstruction. they are doing some serious finger pointing at black politicians to get them out of their seats of power. obama, bishop and a host of other black politicians will be replaced and white people will be more comfortable going down the drain with their white counterparts. they managed to elect a “c” student to two terms in the white house and are attempting to follow that up by electing an idiot former governor of alaska. why? because they are more comfortable. as long as racist like galloway, limbaugh and fox can feed the fire it will always be like this.

Ricardo Cabeza

September 10th, 2010
11:07 am

Just another example of the entitlement mentality that pervades the african-american community and politics in general, in Georgia. No surprises here.

TruthBe

September 10th, 2010
11:11 am

marcus, you are the racist here . get the race chip off your shoulder. Obama was put into office by progressive white liberals fools and black racist idiots.

Matt D.

September 10th, 2010
11:12 am

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who’s side he was on?

If George W. Bush had put 87000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?

If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is clueless?

If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas, would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.
If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word “advice” would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans, would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 20 months — so you’ll have two years and 4 months to come up with an answer.

Every statement is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

TruthBe

September 10th, 2010
11:14 am

goodbye people. got to leave for now. GOD bless ALL, and yes that even goes for our little president obama.

T Man

September 10th, 2010
11:37 am

Re Bishop scholarships. Everyone is missing the point. Please tell me WHY the Congressioanl Black Caucus can give out our tax dollars to black kids. WHY? Anyone see racial bias? When will all this entitlement stuff end? Who will decalre some day that we have spend enough time and money toward racial equality. Come on folks there are some out there that will never be a contributing part of society as long as they get handouts and will bellyache when they are cut.

catlady

September 10th, 2010
11:47 am

Sanford Bishop has always been crooked. For a long time, I thought he was Republican because he is so crooked (see Saxby as an example).

Barb Lucas

September 10th, 2010
11:52 am

You go, Matt D. How insightful—and true. WHEN are the people going to wise up. And I am a registered Democrat! (But, being so, I refuse to drink the party’s Kool-Aid).

RxDiesel

September 10th, 2010
12:34 pm

Thanks, Jim, for posting the Sanford Bishop news. Though cronyism and graft aren’t new, it is news when it is so clearly disclosed, especially with a sitting congressman campaigning for reelection. Big question: why isn’t it on the front page, above the fold, on the AJC? Will it be tomorrow?

Matt D.

September 10th, 2010
1:07 pm

T Man – “Who will decalre some day that we have spend enough time and money toward racial equality.”

No one will ever say that. What is more likely to happen is that there will finally be no more money to fund entitlements. When that happens, people who have always voted for a living will revolt. They have always lived on money provided by the producers through the government. Left with little or no education or skills, they will be ill-equipped to fend for themselves. What we see now in other parts of the world will happen here. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Matt D.

September 10th, 2010
1:13 pm

Barb Lucas – I wasn’t particularly an avid Bush fan. I thought that he allowed the spending of too much money and I don’t remember him ever using the veto power of the President. I have just grown very weary of the “Blame Bush” doctrine. Most of the financial problems facing this country have their roots with FDR, Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter.

DEM

September 10th, 2010
1:15 pm

I have always voted for Bishop but it is now time for him to go. How many other things do we not know about? Don’t you just love Bill? He still thinks that just because he says something that makes it true. “I did not have sex with that woman.” Remember where that got us?

Use the Brain

September 10th, 2010
1:20 pm

Heres the problem. These are not democrates, they are liberals running in the Democratic party. They simply dont care about the american people no matter what the party. They have turned on all of us and have their own adjenda. The democrates really need to take a look at their voting records and realize that this does affect them and their family and future family. If we dont all stand together as american people in the greatest nation on earth, then we will be standing together in poverty and it wont look good for our kids and grandkids at all. It will look like the third world nations and if your not on the national payroll you wont have anything, including food. Take a look and then think, will you be on the government payroll. I simply dont think so. Either will I.

By the way, all the blacks that just love and honor Dr. Martin Luther King and rant over his “I have a dream” speach. He was a REPUBLICAN. Look it up and then practice what you love. Vote these Liberals right out of office before they tear this country up and we just cant right the wrong.

Wow

September 10th, 2010
1:21 pm

It is extremely sad that Matt D. is correct.

Matt D.

September 10th, 2010
1:26 pm

Wow, believe me when I tell you that I take no delight in being right.

Jed

September 10th, 2010
1:36 pm

@Matt D. Truer political words were never spoken.
As for Bishop, is anyone really surprised? What a joke.

Kreanna Austin

September 10th, 2010
1:45 pm

Sanford Bishop does nothing for south Georgia, there are still dirt roads in south Georgia, he gives grants to retired teachers who fix up and remodel their homes. There are thousands of needy children in these poor districts. He does nothing to help ! I hope he is out . What does it take ? He and his wife are crooks !!!

mike

September 10th, 2010
1:51 pm

I am so glad this was reported. Now you can also report on the governor’s Go Fish project he got through this state’s repub legislature. You remember the one project if I understand correctly sits adjacent to his property in middle Georgia. Or how he made suggestions where a state road runs next to his property. Or please provide the populus information what the ethics investigation of governor candidate Deal was all about. Since you are doing such a brilliant job of reporting lets get all the facts out. Let’s be fair and balanced about it all.